Call me cynical, but I’m not sure FX’s ‘American Horror
Story’ was always going to be an anthology.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a good idea – I just don’t
think that’s what creator Ryan Murphy originally had in mind.
After watching a handful of Murphy shows, it has become
clear that he is one of those people that likes to take anything and everything
– throw it at a wall – and see what sticks.
I think that’s why his shows start off so well – and then
fall so fast.
That’s how ‘American Horror Story’ was in its first season.
It took off out of the gates – and then dropped like a rock.
Still, there were certain things to like about the first season. There were
certain things to dislike, as well.
The second season – which kicks off Wednesday – is set in a
haunted asylum instead of a haunted house. It brings back first season actors
Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto and pairs them with newcomers James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny and Ian McShane.
I was pretty fed up with this show at the end of its first
season. That being said, I like the photos coming out of the second season – so
I’m going to give it a try.
Let’s just hope this anthology idea works. Rebooting after
every season could work in Murphy-land.
Also debuting this week are the CW’s ‘Emily Owens MD’ on
Tuesday and ABC’s ‘Suburgatory’ on Wednesday.
Pickings are slim in the DVD and Blu Ray department this
The Adam Sandler bomb, ‘That’s My Boy’ and the horror dud ‘Chernobyl
Diaries’ both bow on Tuesday. Neither one really excites me – but I’ll at least
check out ‘Cherynobyl Diaries’ – only because it’s horror movie month.
For kids, ‘Madagascar 3’ will also be available.
As for television, the complete series of ‘Alcatraz’ and ‘Columbo’
also debut, while ‘Mad Men’ offers up its fifth season of drunken debauchery.
Keifer Sutherland’s ‘Touch’ will unveil its first season –
and the always sublime ‘Psych’ debuts its sixth season.
As far as new music, the pickings are also slim this week.
Country super-star Jason Aldean’s ‘Night Train’ bows with 15
new tracks. It will be interesting to see if he can sustain his popularity despite his extra-curricular antics.
‘American Idol’ alum Scotty McCreery also debuts a Christmas
album (in October, blech) that has 11 new tracks.
In theaters, the putrid ‘Paranormal Activity’ series offers
up its fourth movie on Thursday. Why people go and see these is beyond me.
In wide release Friday is ‘Alex Cross,’ which offers Tyler
Perry in a rare serious role and an almost unrecognizable Matthew Fox as a
villain. Fox is always a standout, but this will be an interesting role for
Perry. I’m curious whether a mainstream audience will embrace him as anything
other than Madea.
As far as video games, I’m not really into anything, but
that are two relatively interesting offerings.
The first is ‘007 Legends,’ which lets players go on all of
James Bonds’ most famous missions. I like movie tie-ins, but I’ve never been a
The other is ‘Doom 3,’ which is more splatterific fun. For
those that get the Ultimate Collection, the original ‘Doom’ games will also be
What do you think? What are you most interested in this