Some TV fans have taken shots at FX for submitting American Horror Story to the Emmys as miniseries, where the returning horror thriller will face the likes of History Channel’s Hatfield & McCoys and HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn rather than heavy hitting series such as AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Just the other day Jimmy Kimmel told TV critics, “It’s not a miniseries — let’s be honest.” And we’ve made remarks too (I believe my exact words were: “Go big or go home, FX; pick on shows your own size.”)
So when a critic at the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday half-jokingly asked FX president and general manager John Landgraf if he knew American Horror Story was actually a miniseries when he picked it up, the executive came out swinging.
“We always knew that American Horror Story was going to be a miniseries in the sense that we knew that it was a close‑ended show that had no continuing story lines or characters between the 13 episodes that were produced and aired and subsequent seasons,” Landgraf said. “And, you know, that’s the definition of a miniseries. A miniseries is a show that has no continuing story elements or narrative elements between one group of episodes and another. So, no, I wasn’t surprised. And, you know, look, the TV Academy itself gave us the leeway to submit the show in either category. It basically determined that it was eligible as a miniseries. So we submitted it there.”
Landgraf also gave a basic description of season two for those who haven’t been keeping up on the buzz: “The second season takes place in a different time frame. It takes place in the ’60s. It takes place in New England at a sanitarium run by the Catholic Church. And none of the characters in it are characters that we’ve previously seen. So there’s no continuity between Season 1 and Season 2 … I can only tell you that it’s unbelievably scary, and I’m excited about the cast.”