Can ‘American Horror Story’ break Emmys curse for scary fare?

American Horror Story” has been a huge hit for FX and won Jessica Lange both Golden Globe and SAG awards. But how will it fare with the Emmys? Though popular with viewers, TV academy voters, who tend to be older and more conservative, have not embraced the horror genre.

While “Dexter” and “True Blood” did reap Emmy bids for Best Drama Series, they both lost. “Dexter” guest villain John Lithgow did win in 2010 as did helmer Steve Shill in 2006. However, other hit shows such as “The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” have been snubbed by the Emmys.

American Horror Story” is bypassing the crowded drama categories to try its luck as a miniseries. This shift was permitted because creator Ryan Murphy plans on new storyline and characters each season. Many pundits expect “AHS” to be nominated for Best TV Movie/Miniseries and for Lange to contend as well. Leads Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton plus supporting players Denis O’HareEvan PetersZachary QuintoFrances ConroyKate Mara, and Lily Rabe are also in the mix.

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Before the proliferation of cable networks such as FX that were willing to be more experimental, there weren’t that many true horror series on TV. Stephen King novels were the basis for two Emmy-nominated miniseries: “The Stand” (1994); “The Shining” (1997). Beyond this, broadcast networks occasionally allowed horror themes to be introduced into science fiction series, most notably on “The X Files,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Alfred Hitchock Presents,” “Amazing Stories,” “Tales from the Crypt” and “The Outer Limits.” VIEW GALLERY

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