Why ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ May Suffer at the Hands of Ryan Murphy

If you’re thinking, “There’s no way I read that headline correctly,” be aware that this piece will not dare to suggest a lack of ingenuity or a decline in creative prowess on Ryan Murphy’s behalf; the well has not run dry…it just may noe be reserved for American Horror Story: 1984.

The man responsible for gifting audiences with Pose, AHS, and Glee is deserving of all the hype his name now carries, for he continues crafting content in unexplored grounds – taking risks with his characters, themes, and plots – and captivating audiences at every turn.

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Ryan Murphy | Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage

This piece will dare to imply that the voracious screenwriter, director, and producer may have bitten off more than he could chew. Ryan Murphy has been pumping out AHS seasons with fervor for the past eight years – some exceptional, others misguided, yet all explorative and socially relevant. 

Ryan Murphy’s career virtually leaped into action circa 2009. Prior to Glee, Murphy worked in an uncredited capacity for HBO’s The Normal Heart, penned a few episodes for different shows, and a screenplay here or there. However, his demand reached unforeseen heights with Glee. 

From Scream Queens to Feud: Bette and Joan, Murphy not only creates unique content, but he also frequently pens roles for older women in Hollywood, proving that society is still interested in their journeys, hurdles, and emotional tribulations. He’s a strong force in Hollywood, using his name recognition to take a stance for a cause that matters. However, he may be taking on too many projects in the process.

Ryan Murphy has several projects in the works, and ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ may take a backseat as a result 

According to IMDb, Ryan Murphy has been and will continue to be quite the busy bee. Hollywood, 9-1-1: Lone Star, and the Consent are currently in pre-production, while filming has begun on The Politician.

Ratched will come to Netflix, with Cynthia Nixon and Sharon Stone in 2019, and Pose is set to return as well. And finally, we must not forget two of Murphy’s most highly-anticipated and recently announced films on the horizon: The Prom and The Boys in the Band have both been confirmed as part of Murphy’s deal with Netflix.

Ryan Murphy will work alongside Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Matt Bomer, James Corden, Andrew Rannels, Jim Parsons, Ariana Grande, and more as part of the several projects mentioned above. Set to work with stars he’s never worked alongside, Murphy will want to bring his A-game, and prove he’s got what it takes to get them back, should another appropriate project ever arise.

From the sheer number of projects he will be working on simultaneously to the new talent he will direct, AHS may take a backseat, and get tagged “the show that can handle it.”

Season 9 of ‘American Horror Story’ may suffer because it can afford to

Unfortunately, American Horror Story has such a loyal fanbase that it can jump back from a weak season and, if Murphy’s attention is somewhere else, he may have dropped the ball when it comes to one of the shows that helped pave the way for his success. Further, with season ten already announced, he will preserve the chance to go out with a bang regardless of this season’s performance. 

This is not to argue that Murphy will get lazy; rather, his attention may be turned towards the “new and shiny” projects, gleaming with potential, as opposed to the one that already boasts a steady and predictable following.

American Horror Story is one of Murphy’s wheelhouses, it’s one of his pride and joys, but that may not be enough to keep the show at the forefront of his mind. With his new projects coming up, he has a chance to prove competence in areas he has yet to shine in. And – when it comes to Hollywood – versatility speaks volumes. One bad season of AHS for an Oscar win or two may be the likely trade-off.