American Horror Story Season 11: Renewed or Canceled?

American Horror Story Season 11

Who would have thought that American Horror Story would still be sending shivers down our spines even in 2022?

Well, that’s somewhat of a question we all are curious about right now. American Horror Story’s timeline might be a confusing mess within the show, but the program’s own timeline on air has been pretty consistent for the most part. Up until Season 9, a new chapter premiered around September or October each year, wrapping up before Christmas.

However, due to COVID-induced delays, the show was forced to forgo the 2020 season entirely. 

Will we get American Horror Story Season 11?

Season 10 got off to a great start with Red Tide, but the Death Valley half of the season let us down with the kind of plotting you’d expect from Ryan Murphy’s hit-or-miss offshoot American Horror Stories. That isn’t to say that we should write American Horror Story off just yet. FX renewed Murphy’s flagship show for three more seasons in January 2020, bringing the total number of seasons to at least 13.

“Ryan and Brad are the undisputed masters of horror TV, having created the anthological limited series with American Horror Story and sustaining its success for nearly a decade as FX’s highest-rated series,” said FX chairman John Landgraf, as quoted on The Hollywood Reporter. 

American Horror Story Season 11: Renewed or Canceled?
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But where does this fantastic freak show go from here? Will season 11 of American Horror Story return to its roots, or will the showrunners continue to experiment with the format? Is there a possibility of another crossover? 

American Horror Story Season 10 Recap

Fans and critics alike have loved American Horror Story almost universally. But, Season 10 of the show received mixed reviews. Season 10 was dubbed Double Feature because it was split into two independent cartoons – Red Tide and Death Valley – rather than focused on a single plot.

The first five episodes of Red Tide were praised by viewers for having a gripping premise and conflict that make reference to the show’s popular early seasons, but Death Valley’s disappointing tale was widely despised by viewers. 

American Horror Story Season 11: Renewed or Canceled?
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Expectations for American Horror Story Season 11 are high in the hopes that the series may redeem itself and genuinely bring to life an entire season’s worth of potential that Red Tide demonstrated. 

American Horror Story Season 11 Release Date

In 2020, several movie and TV show release dates had been canceled, including those that had been planned for nearly a decade. Since its premiere in 2011, American Horror Story has premiered in September or October on FX, with the season finale airing just before Christmas.

For the first time, a new season of American Horror Story did not launch in 2020. In August 2021, the Double Feature was be released.

Having said that, though no release date has been revealed yet, let’s hope that American Horror Story Season 11 airs in early fall 2022, as planned, and we don’t have to wait another year.

American Horror Story Season 11
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American Horror Story Season 11 theme

Ryan Murphy, the show’s creator, is typically tight-lipped about each American Horror Story topic, but in April 2021, he put the fans to the test by asking them what they want to see in the future.

In a now-deleted Twitter poll, Murphy asked fans to vote on a variety of potential themes, including Aliens, Christmas Horror, Bloody Mary, Piggy Man, Sirens, and Plague. Aliens were, after all, a significant part of Season 10, so we don’t expect them to return anytime soon. But what about the other possibilities?

Sirens and Bloody Mary were the most popular choices. The only problem is that Ryan never said which option received the most votes or, more importantly, if the results will have any bearing on American Horror Story Season 11.

American Horror Story Cast

Actors like Evan Peters, who used to appear on American Horror Story on a regular basis, don’t seem to appear as frequently as they used to. Despite being a fan favorite on the show, Sarah Paulson has stated that Season 10 may be her last.

American Horror Story Season 11: Renewed or Canceled?
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The 46-year-old actress discussed her future with the franchise during the Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. The topic came up after host Andy Cohen asked Paulson if she had any idea what her next collaboration with creator Ryan Murphy will be. 

“I don’t know,” she replied. “It’s the first time in about three years where I don’t know. I think this is my last season of Horror Story, probably. I mean, I don’t know. Every time he comes to me with some wackadoodle-stoodle character I tend to be like, ‘Yes! Let’s do it!’ So, I don’t know. This is the first time. So, we’ll see.” 

American Horror Story Season 11: Renewed or Canceled?
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American Horror Story: Double Feature airs on FX in the US, and premiered on October 20 on Disney+ in the UK. Catch up on series 1-8 on Netflix, with seasons 1-9 available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.