If ABC is Shondaland, then FX is Ryanworld and it looks like the network is not wasting anytime assisting in Ryan Murphy’s quest to dominate basic cable.
Aside from his upcoming limited series, “Feud” — which will explore the drama that unfolded between Bettie Davis and Joan Crawford during the shooting of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” — he’s already got Season 6 of “American Horror Story” in the works, Season 7 of the genre hit mapped out and now, FX has renewed “American Crime Story” for a third season… before Season 2 has even gone into production.
Needless to say, the network knows a good thing when it sees it. And while Season 2 of “ACS” will be tackling Hurricane Katrina, Season 3 is going to be all about Gianni Versace’s murder. And if you’ve been keeping track of Murphy’s work thus far, it feels like this is the story he’s been building up to his whole career.
For starters, Murphy’s show “Nip/Tuck” took place in Miami. It’s the same city where the fashion designer was gunned down by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Eight days after killing Versace, Cunanan took his own life with the same gun.
That story, in and of itself, sounds like something that could’ve easily been featured on “Nip/Tuck.” But, looking beyond the plastic surgery procedural to multiple seasons of “American Horror Story,” it becomes apparent that Murphy has been casting Versace’s killer in almost every season of the horror series.
It’s previously been pointed out that Murphy has a type. From “Murder House” to “Hotel,” he’s cast darkly brooding leading men to portray the show’s darkly brooding killers. From Dylan McDermott’s Ben Harmon and Zachary Quinto’s Oliver Thredson, to Finn Wittrock’s Dandy Mott and Evan Peters’ James Patrick March, it almost feels like “American Horror Story” has been a testing ground for this new show that may just have us reaching peak Ryan Murphy.
Could it be possible that the man will tap one of the famous killers from “AHS’s” past to play Cunanan? Heck, could Murphy put himself in the series, showing up as the famous clothing designer? It’d be an odd thing, sure. But it’s hard to miss the resemblance between the fashion mogul and television mastermind. And if he did cast himself as Gianni Versace… Well, we’d have to say, that would be so Ryan Murphy.
While this Versace/Cunanan story is 100 percent within the showrunner’s wheelhouse, it’s been proven that low-hanging fruit in the Murphy-verse reaps great rewards. And between “Feud” and “American Crime Story,” it’s possible he may just own the Emmy Awards for the foreseeable future.
After all, basic cable is Ryan Murphy’s world. We’re all just living in it.
“American Crime Story” Season 3 will likely premiere in 2018 on FX.