Ryan MurphyLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Ranking the 25 best FX series of all time
The highest-ranked Ryan Murphy FX series on this list comes at No. 12 (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).
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 Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Fox exec: Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal is "extremely disruptive," and was a direct result of the Disney merger
“Were the Disney deal to have never happened, I think he would have been close to a new deal with us,” said Dana Walden, co-CEO of the Fox television group and the Fox executive who has worked most closely to Murphy. “If the Disney move happened a year ago, and the transaction was completed by now and we were part of the Disney Company, I think he would be part of us.” Walden adds that Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in striking a deal with Murphy, "was extremely disruptive and sent a message to the entire talent community: These old deals that seemed incredibly lucrative at the time, there’s a new template in town. For any uber-premium creator, the value has gone up 10 times. And Ryan is a once-in-a-lifetime creator.” ALSO: The TV industry was abuzz Wednesday talking about the Murphy deal.
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 Tuesday 2/06/18 at 2:36AM EST
Does TV really need another Ryan Murphy show?
The uber producer has so many shows in the works — including his just-announced The Politician starring Dear Evan Hanson’s Ben Platt — that Jezebel's Megan Reynolds argues maybe it’s time for him to step back and take a break.
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 3:25PM EST
Netflix orders Ryan Murphy’s The Politician, starring Tony winner Ben Platt and, possibly, Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow
Netflix won a bidding war against other streaming players for The Politician, which has been given a two-season order. Details about the plot are being kept under wraps, according to Deadline, which describes The Politician as a “a one-hour comedy with social commentary.” If Paltrow and Streisand come aboard, they’ll serve as producers, with Streisand also likely to direct.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
The Assassination of Gianni Versace demonstrates why some celebrity-related crimes acquire lasting notoriety while others just fade away
“The brilliance of The People v. O.J. Simpson was how it made a widely famous and well-raked case seem entirely new,” says Hank Stuever. “The failure of Versace is that it takes a case that is at best vaguely remembered (mostly by fashionistas and gay men) and tries to apply to it the same degree of resonance and insight. Alas, the themes that so easily presented themselves for fresh scrutiny in People vs. O.J. (systemic racism and sexism, media manipulation, elusive justice) are far from evident in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Is it about beauty? Is it about psychosis? Is it about gay rights? Yes to all that, but never effectively.”
- Compared to the “fun” People v. O.J. Simpson, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is sickening and sweaty
- It’s surprisingly flat: The labored timeline is not helped by the equally labored dialogue
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace is disturbing, excellent and necessary
- It is a worthy successor to The People v. O.J. Simpson, especially with Darren Criss’ career-making performance
- Versace’s weakness is that Andrew Cunanan’s life was not compelling enough to devote nine hours
- The Versace family’s main point of contention is that Gianni Versace is portrayed as being HIV positive
- How American Crime Story stars compare to their real-life counterparts
- Ryan Murphy explains why the story is told backwards
- Versace costume designer: We weren’t allowed to contact Versace, so we had to find vintage Versace
- Both Darren Criss and Andrew Cunanan are half-Filipino California natives, and Criss says “we both revel in being different”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Ryan Murphy responds to the Versace family criticism, notes that Donatella Versace sent Penelope Cruz flowers for portraying her
Murphy said of the Versace family’s response to The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: “Of course I feel if your family is ever portrayed in something, it's natural to sort of have a 'Well, let's wait and see what happens' (attitude). But I think that (Donatella Versace) really loves Penelope and knows that Penelope would never do anything to represent her in a negative light."
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
FX’s Pose parted ways with Tatiana Maslany because she was too young for her role
Ryan Murphy says he only realized while shooting the pilot for the 1980s-set drama that Maslany is a “very young woman." He adds: “I felt that, working with our young cast, we needed an older figure in that world to be the dance teacher. Someone who was a different generation, who was more of a mentor… We needed a Debbie Allen (in Fame-type) character. We all agreed that that was the right choice for the show.” ALSO:
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 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Ryan Murphy doesn’t want American Crime Story’s Gianni Versace season to be a retread of The People v. O. J. Simpson
"Every season of this show will have a different tonality," he says, adding: "The first season was a court room boiler. The second season, which you'll see, is a manhunt."