TV Talk

American Horror Story, American Crime Story, American Debate Story, and Other TV News

by | October 20, 2016 | Comments

This week in TV news: It’s Ryan Murphy’s world, and we’re all just watching it. The presidential debate as spectator sport, Tracy Morgan to return to TV, John Cleese’s dramatic reading of The Walking Dead, and more.


Dish on Ryan Murphy’s America

Showrunner Ryan Murphy spilled some dirt on two of his popular — and patriotic? — dramas: American Horror Story and American Crime Story. AHS fans saw a major twist in Wednesday’s episode with a shift to some behind-the-scenes horrors. Murphy this week hinted at ties to the recently announced seventh season, announced the return of some Freak Show folks, and told media that next season has a big hook behind it. He also confirmed that Lady Gaga’s Roanoke character is indeed the Original Supreme referenced in Coven, and he teased that AHS vets Finn Wittrock and Taissa Farmiga will appear later in the current season. In other Murphy news, season 3 of American Crime Story will focus on the murder of fashion giant Gianni Versace and serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Versace/Cunanan: American Crime Story is based on the book Vulgar Affairs by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth. (Previously announced, season 2 will revolve around Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.)


American Spectacle

Hillary Clinton, Chris Wallace, Donald Trump during the third U.S. presidential debate in Las Vegas (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In another American horror story — the third and final presidential debate — media observers praised Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace for his performance as moderator in the Wednesday night event. Politico’s Glenn Thrush wrote that Wallace “seemed to lion-tame Trump.” When asked by Wallace if he would accept the election results, GOP candidate/real-estate tycoon/reality star Donald Trump replied “I will look at it at the time,” and “I’ll keep you in suspense” — causing squeals of horror across the democracy. CNN contributor Van Jones’ assessment of the debate: “You can’t polish this turd.” CNN host Anderson Cooper’s reply: “Technically, you can’t polish any turd.” The Television Academy even got involved, tweeting “the Emmys are not rigged” after Democratic candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dredged up Trump’s past contention that the Emmys were fixed in years when The Apprentice failed to be nominated. The event also sparked a hilarious tweet storm focused on singer Janet Jackson and a surge in Spotify streams of 1986 song “Nasty” after Trump called Clinton a “nasty woman.” The topic even spawned a video mashup of debate footage and Jackson’s “Nasty” music video.


New Tracy Morgan Comedy Goes Straight To Series

Tracy Morgan (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

TBS has announced the straight-to-series pickup of a new series from comedy superstar and Emmy nominee Tracy Morgan. The 30 Rock star will play a former inmate who, after being released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint, is shocked to see just how much the world has changed in his absence. The untitled series is being created and executive-produced by Morgan, Jordan Peele of Key & Peele, John Carcieri, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, and Joel Zadak. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the single-camera comedy series, which looks to capture the rawness of Morgan’s stand-up persona, while also commenting on race relations, the Gen X/Millennial gap, and the American penal system.


More in Development News This Week

Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is getting the limited-series treatment from Spotlight co-writer Tom McCarthy and Blumhouse, based the bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room by journalist Gabriel Sherman. Mega-popular mobile game Candy Crush will become a live-action game show at CBS. Shondaland has announced another ABC collaboration, this time teaming up with Scandal writer and producer Paul William Davies for a legal drama. Fresh off the success of HBO’s Insecure, Issa Rae is starting up a new six-episode anthology comedy series called Minimum Wage. Michael B. Jordan has launched his own production company and inked a multiyear first-look film and TV production deal with Skydance Media, which kicks off with basketball TV drama Apollo Park. Basketball segue! Hoop Dreams director Steve James is creating an unscripted high school series about racial and educational inequality called America to Me with Participant Media. Female-driven big-screen Wall Street thriller Equity from director Meera Menon and writer Amy Fox is being adapted for ABC and will be penned by Regina Corrado (Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood). CBS has ordered Alex Kurtzman–helmed suspense thriller Salvation straight to series — due summer 2017. The network is also developing legal drama Mrs. V. Mr. with renowned director Ridley Scott, who will executive produce along with David Zucker (The Good Wife). And finally…superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer will reboot his own spy thriller Enemy of the State as a TV series for ABC.


John Cleese Summarizes The Walking Dead in Four Minutes

Not caught up on The Walking Dead? Have no fear! John Cleese is here! The British comedy legend went viral this week with his four-minute summary of all six seasons of the zombie drama. Zomb-ma? Dram-bie?

Tag Cloud

Premiere Dates Drama movies mockumentary Vudu TLC social media what to watch Winter TV OneApp harry potter medical drama docudrama Shudder Logo Disney+ Disney Plus criterion facebook MSNBC Elton John BET Heroines The Witch Sony Pictures DirecTV Paramount Cartoon Network Nickelodeon YouTube Premium Turner Masterpiece parents Marvel Studios Shondaland reviews 2015 HBO Max universal monsters transformers chucky Western Fantasy Election Avengers Musicals supernatural cinemax miniseries binge Apple TV+ thriller Star Trek Spectrum Originals spinoff dc mutant travel New York Comic Con anime singing competition Tarantino cults Film Festival Amazon Prime aliens Acorn TV Chernobyl Travel Channel child's play Watching Series werewolf composers Marvel hispanic PBS Red Carpet Comics on TV Lionsgate ITV Disney Channel Binge Guide Sundance Now See It Skip It television unscripted green book Tumblr Brie Larson Trophy Talk Tubi Television Academy HBO Pet Sematary Fall TV Peacock latino concert Warner Bros. WarnerMedia Pop period drama dceu USA Network crime 4/20 directors comic Family Quiz DC Comics Character Guide Turner Classic Movies 2019 name the review best Fox News justice league Animation Marvel Television X-Men Hulu Nat Geo LGBTQ YouTube Red TNT Dark Horse Comics talk show Christmas nature slashers 21st Century Fox boxoffice hist RT History Infographic Rock IFC Films Winners Mudbound spy thriller revenge LGBT Opinion Paramount Network kids 2020 ABC Endgame CBS Trailer SXSW documentary cancelled TV series series Podcast streaming Ovation canceled TV shows canceled sitcom Pirates GIFs APB Certified Fresh USA christmas movies Photos AMC Hallmark scary movies Disney Plus crime thriller DGA quibi natural history DC Universe The Walking Dead robots dragons Oscars psycho die hard Song of Ice and Fire Apple TV Plus Mary Poppins Returns Amazon Studios asian-american cancelled television Valentine's Day First Reviews A&E Star Wars VICE NYCC space Nominations Summer jamie lee curtis Superheroe Britbox TCA Esquire renewed TV shows foreign zero dark thirty Spring TV political drama 2016 Baby Yoda CMT Cosplay Martial Arts finale Creative Arts Emmys Awards CW Seed Comedy historical drama Amazon Prime Video Reality 20th Century Fox Women's History Month Rocketman halloween Syfy A24 Lifetime Music TV Land zombie Schedule tv talk FXX Comic Book cats Trivia CBS All Access GLAAD Crunchyroll sequel BBC TBS war Rom-Com American Society of Cinematographers Countdown screen actors guild TIFF Black Mirror ratings video diversity Ellie Kemper Emmy Nominations zombies National Geographic toy story spain NBC versus TV YouTube discovery crime drama Grammys Epix Holiday Mary poppins blockbuster serial killer Starz Tomatazos cartoon technology Teen comedies cooking Reality Competition independent Pride Month police drama franchise Showtime Spike indie golden globes Bravo sports Superheroes 71st Emmy Awards Emmys 2018 Academy Awards Freeform Discovery Channel blaxploitation Netflix Christmas movies Lifetime Christmas movies Polls and Games vampires BBC America breaking bad Kids & Family President Netflix Anna Paquin Sneak Peek Stephen King Universal 007 Mystery spanish language Marathons Lucasfilm Video Games screenings Pixar TV renewals Holidays game of thrones Crackle theme song 2017 Rocky TCM cancelled Walt Disney Pictures Mary Tyler Moore movie romance Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt WGN stand-up comedy Extras Captain marvel spider-man comics Food Network crossover TruTV witnail cancelled TV shows Hear Us Out anthology comiccon Funimation Country Awards Tour adaptation casting Sci-Fi YA Comedy Central Thanksgiving CNN dogs Musical cars stoner animated SDCC award winner mission: impossible elevated horror children's TV History richard e. Grant The Purge San Diego Comic-Con FX FOX adventure romantic comedy MTV doctor who Adult Swim cops PaleyFest a nightmare on elm street IFC Year in Review Ghostbusters ghosts Disney streaming service book critics disaster Disney Toys GoT psychological thriller Amazon ESPN Set visit RT21 Writers Guild of America FX on Hulu DC streaming service 45 Film Cannes free movies joker SundanceTV politics MCU 24 frames ABC Family Apple VH1 Biopics E3 Black History Month game show Calendar Sundance TV Pop TV Super Bowl Interview based on movie biography The Arrangement El Rey dark dramedy E! Hallmark Christmas movies festivals Horror science fiction rotten movies we love Sundance TCA Winter 2020 batman OWN teaser TCA 2017 reboot Box Office Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Arrowverse sag awards Classic Film strong female leads true crime all-time Mindy Kaling Action south america First Look Best and Worst Columbia Pictures The CW