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Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
What will happen to Ryan Murphy's top collaborators following his Netflix deal?
Murphy co-created Glee and American Horror Story with Brad Falchuk. Ian Brennan co-created Scream Queens and Glee with Falchuk and Murphy. Yet their fate, and the fate of other Murphy collaborators, is up in the air in the wake of the mega-producer's blockbuster $300 million Netflix deal. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, 20th Century Fox TV could fight Murphy to keep his top collaborators.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal may actually be a good thing for FX, which has become too reliant on the uber producer
Despite other high-profile FX creators like Pamela Adlon, Donald Glover and Noah Hawley, FX seems defined by Murphy's work, says Kaitlin Thomas. "Murphy's projects have been well received by critics and fans and have gone on to produce multiple Emmy Awards for FX, but in recent years, it's also often felt like FX was relying too much on the producer to be the backbone of its schedule," says Thomas. "It's not to say this reliance was not merited — again, the quality of Murphy's body of work and the awards it has received speak for themselves — but Murphy's departure potentially opens up the door for new and distinct voices to find a home at FX too."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Netflix is looking like a "parallel TV universe" following the Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes deals
Netflix has been considered everything from an online-video platform to a network to a cable channel. "The Murphy and Rhimes deals suggest something else: It’s an entire parallel TV universe, and it’s still expanding," says James Poniewozik. "Think of Netflix as the Upside Down in its sci-fi series Stranger Things. By this I don’t mean that it’s a nefarious or dangerous force. But it is a kind of alternative TV dimension, overlaying and replicating the known world of traditional television, that tries to acquire one of everything that exists in the universe of TV." Poniewozik says his first instinct was to liken Netflix to cable. But cable channels have brands. They have specialties and sensibilities to cater to a specific audience. "Netflix doesn’t have that; in fact, it is specifically anti-that," he says. "Its brand is 'stuff that you like to watch on TV.' It developed a vast library of reruns, and with that, a proprietary trove of data on who likes to watch what and how much. Then it made more of that, or bought it. If you liked 30 Rock, here’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you liked Damages, here’s Bloodline."
- FX responds to Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal, points to its deep bench of shows its "very successful track record of identifying and developing talented writers"
- Who's next? Will Kurt Sutter, Donald Glover and Noah Hawley also bail on FX?
- Losing Murphy and Rhimes deals a blow to a Disney's planned rival streaming service
- What the Netflix deal means for each of Ryan Murphy's shows, from 9-1-1 to American Horror Story
- Rhimes and Murphy's Netflix deals should put traditional networks on alert
- Netflix's poaching of Murphy could change TV for good
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
Ryan Murphy inks deal worth up to $300 million to move to Netflix
The prolific producer has signed a five-year deal worth as much as $300 million to move from 21st Century Fox to the streaming service in what The New York Times is calling one of the biggest deals ever for a TV producer. The deal will hurt Disney, which reached a deal to acquire Fox in December. Murphy has been one of the 21st Century Fox's most prolific producers with hits ranging from American Crime Story to Nip/Tuck to Glee and American Horror Story. Last month, Murphy said he felt uncomfortable with Disney's takeover of Fox despite reassurances from Disney CEO Bob Iger, pointing out “point-blank the stuff I do is not Disney." The Times reports Amazon also courted Murphy, whose Fox deal expires this summer. “The history of this moment is not lost on me,” Murphy said in a statement. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me.” ALSO: Murphy's current shows aren't going anywhere.
# TOPICS: Ryan Murphy, FOX, FX, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Bob Iger, 21st Century Fox, American Horror Story Franchise, Disney
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
American Horror Story Season 1 homeowners bring their "House of Horrors" story to CBS This Morning
A CBS News correspondent broadcast live before dawn this morning from the Los Angeles house used in Season 1 of the Ryan Murphy series. In the news report, the homeowners reiterated their claim that they had no idea what they were getting into when they purchased the house, which has become a tourist magnet. They are suing the former homeowners and their real estate brokers.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
American Horror Story Season 1 homeowners sue, claiming they weren’t told their house was used on a TV show
The current owners of the "Murder House" used in Season 1 say their real estate brokers didn’t inform them they were buying a mansion that had become a “macabre tourist attraction” when they forked over $3.2 million for it in 2015. The Los Angeles American Horror Story house, known as the Rosenheim Mansion, was used for filming in 2011. The current homeowners began noticing fans of the FX series “almost immediately.” As a result, they’ve had “weekly” break-ins. “A week before I first visited them (to work on the case), they had been awakened by the sound of glass breaking — someone came in through the window in the kitchen,” says their attorney.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Ryan Murphy should ditch American Horror Story for American Crime Story
True-crime is the perfect genre for the TV megaproducer/mastermind, says Kristen Baldwin. “Adapting true stories allows Murphy to create the vivid characters and captivating, socially-relevant narratives he and his team are so known for — but the iron framework of facts surrounding true-to-life subjects forces Murphy to apply a discipline to his storytelling,” she says. “In contrast, American Horror Story plays to Team Murphy’s worst instincts – the temptation to shock, terrify and titillate (usually all at once) at the expense of story, and the need to go bigger and more ‘bats**t’ each successive season.” ALSO: James Corden says “I am having so much fun watching” The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story Season 8: “It takes place in the future”
“It takes place in the future,” Murphy teased at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It’s still topical, but [set in] the future, which I’ve never done… I think people will like it. It’s different from what we’ve done before.” He also said that Season 9 could be a crossover of the Murder House and the Coven seasons.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 5:32PM EST
FX could be a victim of the Disney-21st Century Fox merger
“FX owns one of the most prestigious track records in all of cable,” says Steven Zeitchik, yet “no one seems to know where it will fall” in the aftermath of the Disney-21st Century Fox consolidation. FX won 18 Emmys last year, the most-ever for a basic cable channel. “But it is also a niche channel that rarely scores more than a few million viewers for its shows and regularly engages in the kind of critic- and award-friendly material Disney has shown little appetite for,” says Zeitchik. On the one hand, FX’s identity for upscale and prestigious shows and its relationship with highly regarded showrunners like Ryan Murphy may help Disney compete with Netflix. On the other hand, there’s a chance FX can lose its identity as Disney seeks shows with more mass appeal. “FX has been responsible for some really great television, but these are shows that, relatively speaking, don’t get a lot of viewers,” Zeitchik quotes cable expert Cory Barker as saying. “And it seems everything Disney continues to do is move toward its big-property, profit-maximization strategy.” Barker adds: “It’s hard to see where FX fits in.”
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
Ryan Murphy to be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
“Being a prolific producer is itself an achievement,” the Producers Guild of America said of Murphy. “But it takes a truly unique talent like Ryan Murphy to forge a producing career that touches so many different genres — from horror, to comedy, to musicals, to fact-based drama — and infuse them all with such distinctive voice and passion.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
How American Horror Story: Cult failed angry women
The subject of angry women loomed over the Cult season that started so promisingly, yet the FX series “returned to its favorite tricks, eschewing socio-cultural analysis for shock and gore,” says Sophie Gilbert. She adds: “In the series, it seems, no fertile woman can go un-impregnated, whether by a ghost in a black rubber fetish suit, or by a man being simultaneously penetrated by her brother. Mothers inevitably wreak horrific damage on the vulnerable psyches of their children. And rape is so repetitive a plot device on the show as to have become completely meaningless. Given such depictions, and their prevalence across culture, is it any surprise women are so mad?”
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 1:33PM EST
American Horror Story: Cult's finale went full circle
The Cult season proved to be more than Trump vs. Clinton.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
How Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, the only actors to appear in every American Horror Story season, kept their performances compelling
“Even when the writing and plot twists on Cult didn’t necessarily make total sense, the performances by Paulson and Peters remained compelling because both of them are so committed to leaning hard into the show’s hairpin tonal and emotional turns,” says Jen Chaney. “In certain ways, their roles also felt like a full-circle landing point from where they started in season one.”
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 3:47PM EDT
Ryan Murphy rates his TV shows
Glee is Murphy's favorite show he's made, The New Normal is his least favorite.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 4:56PM EDT
Fox drama 911 reunites Connie Britton with Ryan Murphy
She’ll join Angela Bassett and Peter Krause in her first regular TV role since leaving Nashville. The midseason procedural about police, firefighters and paramedics reunites Britton with Murphy, who worked together on American Horror Story. Britton's role hasn’t been revealed.