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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
American Horror Story: Apocalypse looks like the franchise's dumbest season ever
Source: The Atlantic
"FX has hyped Apocalypse as the ultimate treat for Story fans, promising to bring back characters from the first season (set in a house haunted by hot ghosts) and the third (about a coven of sassy witches)," says Spencer Kornhaber. "Those earlier installments did indeed provide the scary, silly, and moving highlights of a franchise whose eternally promising conceit has been undermined by sloppy tonal shifts and plotting. The Apocalypse premiere can barely muster even the baseline bonkers, though: Forgoing the directive to terrify, it relies on first-draft camp comedy. Most troubling is that by wiping the Earth and heading below ground, (Ryan) Murphy and (Brad) Falchuk are betting they can construct a coherent new world according to their tastes and imagination. But eight seasons in, their stores of those resources appear as barren as California in nuclear winter."
- Apocalypse premieres to more than 3 million viewers, down from last season's premiere
- American Horror Story ditched the seriousness of Cult for the campy fun of Apocalypse
- This was one of the strongest premieres in American Horror Story history
- Nothing in the premiere was even remotely scary or shocking
- Apocalypse has perhaps the most visually beguiling set-up of any in the anthology so far
- The premiere's first moments redeemed the aimless, camping next 45 minutes
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
What will happen to Ryan Murphy's top collaborators following his Netflix deal?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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 1/04/18 at 4:57AM EST
Fox’s 9-1-1 works because it brings Ryan Murphy’s outrageousness to a formulaic genre
“Like every other Ryan Murphy joint, from Glee to American Horror Story, 9-1-1 weirdly wins you over by being outrageously salacious,” says Jay Willis. “It brings a heavy dose of they did WHAT? to an extremely formulaic genre, counting on the fact that they can get you to forget about ordering food online the moment you see that holy sh*t, there really was a baby flushed down the toilet, are they gonna get it out on time?”
- 9-1-1 doesn’t feel like a Ryan Murphy show — the pilot feels like something from 10 or 15 years ago, and that’s a shame
- It’s compelling to see Murphy’s quirkiness on a mainstream “TV comfort food” kind of show
- The Murphy-Brad Falchuk machine delivers a “glossy sheen” that makes it hard to forget you’re watching a TV show
- 9-1-1’s cast of Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Connie Britton is so overqualified that the show is hard to dismiss
- “All the cases in the show are like Nip/Tuck: 100 percent truth," says Murphy
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 2:04PM EST
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop lifestyle brand is being developed into a TV show
The Radical Wellness Show, which hasn’t found a network home, would be a magazine-style show similar to HBO’s Vice, ”through the lens of Paltrow’s profitable and polarizing lifestyle brand,” according to The Wrap. ALSO: Paltrow gets engaged to Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk.