‘American Horror Story’ may sweep the Golden Globes

The Emmys may have a spotty history with genre shows, but FX’s eerie “American Horror Story” will make a strong showing at the upcoming Golden Globes Awards.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who hand out the Golden Globes, are big fans of creator Ryan Murphy. His “Nip/Tuck,” also on FX, was nominated for Best Drama Series after it debuted in 2003. When it was nominated the following year, it won. Meanwhile, the Emmys shunned the show in their top category.

Emmy voters did nominate his current Fox show “Glee” for Best Comedy Series two years running, but the eventual winner both times was “Modern Family.” The Globes showed their support for Murphy by honoring “Glee” with back-to-back wins in their own Best Comedy Series contest.

Their love affair with Murphy is sure to extend now that his arty, devilishly fun “American Horror Story” is a certified hit. The drama profiles a family of three who move into a haunted house in Los Angeles.

Last week, the show’s pilot episode had a 1.6 ratings share among adults aged 18–49 and brought in 3.2 million viewers. The program is dividing critics, but those who are fans are smitten. Chuck Barney of the Contra Costa Times, for instance, raves, “[P]rime time is so full of mainstream pabulum these days that when a work as audacious and ambitious as ‘American Horror Story’ comes along, some of us feel compelled to embrace it — at least for now. Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.” Being the hot new thing bodes well for the show since the Globes regularly embrace freshman series.

“American Horror Story” stars Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott (“The Practice,” 1999) and Emmy nominee Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights“), who will both be major contenders in the lead acting races. Scene stealer Jessica Lange could easily win for her supporting work. Lange has four Globes already for film and television, as well as an Emmy for TV movie “Grey Gardens.” Notable in a guest role is Frances Conroy, who has a 2004 Globe victory for “Six Feet Under.”

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