Yes, “American Horror Story” fans, the rumors you’ve heard are true. The Season 1 finale, which was originally scheduled to be a two-hour extravaganza of fear, has been clipped to 90 minutes. Although this may sound like bad news at first, fear not. It has nothing to do with the popularity of the series or the reception it’s received. This is simply a scheduling issue. Long story short… series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have so much great stuff going on they can’t find time to cram it all in!
Here’s the breakdown per Deadline: Murphy and Falchuk have this little show called “Glee” that they also created. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s pretty much one of the biggest shows on network TV right now. So the boys were obligated to complete Season 2 of “Glee” before they were able to begin work on the pilot for “American Horror Story,” which put them a bit behind the 8-ball as far as scheduling was concerned right off the bat.
FX picked up the show toward the end of July and released the first episode on October 5. This doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room in making the additional 12 episodes. Now, take into consideration that “American Horror Story” is not the easiest television show to produce. Sometimes an episode that was slated to film in seven days took eight days to complete. Compound that with a 13-episode run, and you see where you can run into a scheduling nightmare. And that’s exactly what happened with the finale.
Now here’s the good news. The idea of just running a one-hour season finale was bandied about, but word is that Ryan Murphy came up with an intriguing 90-minute finale that would fit into the schedule and leave audiences with smiles on their faces, thus satisfying all parties involved. Additionally, fans of the series will be happy to know that the ratings have been very favorable and there has been discussion regarding the second season of “American Horror Story,” which has already been picked up, running longer than the originally scheduled 13 episodes. Stay tuned, gorehounds!
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