At first glance, FX’s American Horror Story looks like a scary movie you might see late night on HBO, not a weekly cable series that airs in the middle of the week. As of now, I am a HUGE fan of American Horror Story (I advise everyone to watch from the pilot). Too be honest, one of the few things that originally attracted me to American Horror Story in the first place was the amazing Connie Britton in her first post Friday Night Lights gig, but after seeing the first episode, I was mesmerized and hooked on this show.
It’s not just Britton who makes the show great. The acting is first-rate with is all-star, Emmy winner and Golden Globe winning cast including Dylan McDermott (The Practice), Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens), and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under). The show is produced by Emmy winner Ryan Murphy, who helmed FX’s previous hit Nip/Tuck, as well as Fox’s Glee.
With the Golden Globe awards just 3 months away, American Horror Story is the perfect new show to sweep the nominations. This show will probably never see any love and the Emmy because the Emmy’s are much more conservative and habit-forming. It’s very hard for new shows, especially good shows like this, to break through to the Emmy judges and get nominations. Plus, American Horror Story isn’t the type of show the Emmy’s are looking for – a show about a couple moving into a haunted house where a murder once happened, living there with potential spirits that may have been left behind from the murder? Steve Carell never won an Emmy for The Office, so I can even fathom this show even get an Emmy nomination, ever.
Not to worry though, the Golden Globes are the perfect place for this show. The Golden Globes always welcomes the new, outlandish, quirky, and interesting shows that will never even think about being nominees at the Emmy’s (Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, Prison Break). American Horror Story has a shot here.
Another Golden Globe benefit for American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy. For some reason, the Golden Globes loves Ryan Murphy. His show Nip/Tuck was nominated for Best Drama in 2004 and 2005, winning the second time. The Globes have also been very nice to Glee, feeling it deserved to win the Best Comedy award the last 2 years (2009 and 2010), as well as giving awards to Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer in 2009.
All four of the main actors will be shoe-ins for their lead/supporting because the whole cast (minus Britton) are previous Golden Globe winners. Dylan McDermott won for The Practice in 1999, Jessica Lange has 4 awards to her name, and Frances Conroy won in 2004 for her role in Six Feet Under. I believe this year all will be able to score nominations and have a really good chance at winning.
It also doesn’t hurt that the show is a hit, grabbing 3.1 million viewers for its first episode and a A18-49 rating of 1.6 (very satisfying for FX), and its airing as the judges will be voting on which shows and what actors should get nominations, which should be out in late November/early December.
If you havent checked out American Horror Story yet, do it pronto. American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10p.m. on FX.