It will be a while before we get new “American Crime Story” installments, and it’ll be even longer — if at all — before we get a second season of “Feud.”
During Disney’s TV’s upfront presentation on Tuesday, FX Chairman John Landgraf echoed much of what he had said in February about the futures of both Ryan Murphy franchises. After dumping a planned Prince Charles and Princess Diana installment last summer, FX does not have any “Feud” seasons in development at the moment. “Ryan hasn’t found a follow-up that he’s excited about to work on,” Landgraf said.
On the other hand, development is continuing on four “American Crime Story” follow-ups, but FX has not decided which one will be the third season yet. “We’re waiting for Ryan to decide what he wants to do next,” Landgraf said of the prolific producer, who’s currently setting up shop at his new home at Netflix.
Noting that “American Crime Story” is a “really challenging franchise” because of the ubiquity of the true-crime format, Landgraf said FX has a “really elevated ambition to how we want to bring these stories to market.” Landgraf’s hope is that when everything is in place for the four projects, FX can roll out seasons of “American Crime Story” without long breaks in between. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” premiered in February 2016 and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” launched in January 2018 after FX scrapped a Hurricane Katrina season that was originally slated to be the sophomore outing.
“Once we can get that rolling, we can shorten the amount of time in between the installments of the franchise,” he said. “We could even do two or three or even four seasons in a row.”
After all, “American Crime Story” is currently the only franchise with multiple Best Limited Series Emmy victories. “Feud: Bette and Joan,” of course, was nominated for the top prize in 2017, but lost to “Big Little Lies.”