AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Genre: Horror, duh
Airs: Wednesdays at 9pm central on FX
Premise: Boston family of three (headed by mom Connie Britton and dad Dylan McDermott) relocate to a spooky house in L.A. to escape their troubled past, only to find a more sinister trouble inside their new house.
Behind-The-Scenes: Creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy previously collaborated on Glee.
The Good: One thing's for sure, there is nothing like American Horror Story on television right now. It gets points for creativity. And it's f**king batshit crazy. Most of it doesn't make a lick of sense yet, but you can't really take your eyes off it. Connie Britton is always a welcome presence on TV (RIP FNL). The opening titles are creepy and reminiscent of Seven. The storytelling is disjointed and jarringly edited, contributing to a general sense of everything just being a little "off" or not quite right.
The Bad: Ryan Murphy. The guy has grand ideas and takes chances, but he's usually his own worst enemy. He's made an intriguing pilot, but this show could easily go over-the-top and start to annoy if it doesn't settle down. For a horror show, it's not that scary. It seems to be going for an unsettling tone, but mostly ends up silly. The big dramatic scenes between Britton and McDermott are too melodramatic.
Will It Last?: Yes. Not sure if FX has more than one season planned for it, but this seems like the ideal show to limit to one season. Make 12 strong episodes and then get out.
Add A Season Pass?: Yes. I want to see where this one goes and how they tie everything together, especially that leather-bound gimp. I just hope it avoids a Glee-like burnout. Regardless, whether you end up liking it or not, you need to see it and judge for yourself.