Much ado has been made over the nomination of FX's anthology series American Horror Story in the miniseries or movie category for this year's Emmy awards. Despite the disjointed nature of the show's seasons, it is still a continuing series, some critics say. Now, it seems, creator Ryan Murphy is doing his best to differentiate the series from other serialized fare by providing the second season with a subtitle. It was announced on Wednesday that the show's second season would be officially titled 'American Horror Story: Asylum.'
“When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn’t want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive,” Murphy said in a statement. “Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we’re calling the new installment. We picked 'Asylum' because it not only describes the setting -- an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward -- but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted. This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors."
Murphy's explanation certainly lends some credence to the series being nominated for the miniseries award, and the subtitle should make its continued submissions to that category a little more palatable for detractors. What do you think? Does adding a subtitle clear things up for you?
American Horror Story: Asylum features a massive cast that includes Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Zachary Quinto, Clea Duvall, Adam Levine, Franka Potente, Sarah Paulson, Joseph Fiennes, Lily Rabe, and approximately ten thousand other new additions to the series. 'Asylum' is expected to premiere sometime in October on FX.