The Indianapolis, Indiana native got wide spread attention when he created and produced the edgy FX plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck, which premiered in 2003. The pilot of the show, which ran for six seasons, earned Murphy his first Emmy® nomination for his direction, and would be the start to his working relationship with fellow writer/producer Brad Falchuk.
As the two were bringing Nip/Tuck to an end in the fall of 2009, they also launched a new musical/comedy on Fox that would quickly become a television phenomenon. Glee, which took Murphy from adult themed drama, to high school comedy, was a big change of creative pace, but proved he could lead a completely different genre into broadcast success. The show also created a new social norm, which was popular music being featured in cover form on a show and sold via the various music outlets. A brand new stream of revenue and marketing for a unique show like Glee.
But just two years into Glee being on the air, Murphy and Falchuk once again brought to life a show on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to their previous productions. American Horror Story would take the duo back to their old FX stomping grounds, and once again generate wide spread success with the horror-drama that would be aired as a 12 episode mini-series.
American Horror Story, which featured an all-star cast including Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe, would go on to earn a massive 17 Emmy® nominations. It would win two, including Lange for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. It’s been no secret the mini-series would return, but with the main characters seeing their demise throughout the run, audiences were eager to know what Murphy had in store for the second season. Especially after it was announced many of the original cast would return, but in different roles.
The answer…a new setting. American Horror Story: Asylum introduces a whole new storyline that takes us into an institution for the criminally insane in the 1960′s, ran by Jessica Lange’s Sister Jude. But fear not, the horrifying aspects of the series is well in tact. The Seven Sees has your sneak peak at what’s to come.