‘American Horror Story’ could return for two separate seasons next year

Co-creator Ryan Murphy says new seasons could air in both spring and autumn

American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that the show could return for two separate seasons next year.

The horror anthology series’ fifth season, American Horror Story: Hotel starring Lady Gaga, is due to debut on FX this autumn, but Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk are already planning ahead.

“Next year we might do a fall American Horror Story and a spring. We have to decide,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly.

“We’re doing something that we’ve never done before on the show where we’re doing two different groups of writers rooms,” he added. “Some of our writers will be bouncing around but a whole different group are coming in late August. The next thing we’re crafting up is very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.”

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Last year’s instalment of the horror anthology series, American Horror Story: Freak Show, has recently been nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy awards – second only to Game Of Thrones, which has been nominated for 24. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on September 20.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga started shooting her part on American Horror Story: Hotel on August 10. She has been cast as a wealthy and stylish hotel owner called Elizabeth in what is her first major TV acting role.

Murphy said of Gaga’s character recently: “She owns the hotel and she is sort of a very wealthy social doyenne who is consumed with art and fashion and people. She has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode that plays out over the course of the season.”

Gaga is joined by an impressive company of castmates in American Horror Story: Hotel, including Kathy Bates, Chloë Sevigny, Matt Bomer, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Finn Wittrock and Max Greenfield. The series is set to premiere on FX in October.