Ryan Murphy’s “American Story” Franchise Has Two New Spin-Offs Coming
Ryan Murphy’s quest for television domination continues. Ryan already has about sixteen billion TV shows under his belt, and FX ordered two more series spin-offs from the American Story franchise. Please, for the love of God and the scalp’s ability to recover from months of aggressive wig use, allow the franchise’s hardest-working woman Sarah Paulson to rest a moment! The woman needs a break. She’s still shooting scenes as Linda Tripp, for God’s sake!
Deadline says that FX announced the news earlier today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. So far, Ryan Murphy’s American Story franchise includes ten seasons of American Horror Story, its spin-off American Horror Stories, and three seasons of American Crime Story (The People v. OJ Simpson, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and Impeachment). The second season of American Crime Story was supposed to focus on Hurricane Katrina, but it was eventually scrapped. Producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Simpson are now moving on to these future spin-offs, which are creatively titled American Sports Story and American Love Story. v
American Sports Story is a scripted anthological limited series focusing on a prominent event involving a sports figure and re-examines it through the prism of today’s world, telling that story from multiple perspectives. American Love Story is a scripted anthology series of sweeping true love stories that captured the world’s attention.
The first season of American Sports Story is based on the Boston Globe podcast Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc., and will focus on the late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. After being found acquitted for a separate double homicide charge, 27-year-old Aaron was found dead in his prison cell. Aaron was diagnosed with CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, after his death, and many believe his CTE contributed to his behavior.
The first season of American Love Story will be all about the love story between John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. The season will follow their courtship and subsequent marriage and will deal with the tabloid media’s obsession with the couple. The two got together in 1994 and married in 1996. The press covered everything they did, from eating dinner and walking their dogs, to their infamous argument in Washington Square Park. As we all sadly know, JFK Jr., Carolyn, and her older sister Lauren Bessette all died in a plane crash in 1999.
I’m only going to dream-cast American Love Story because I know next to nothing about football. So I’ll say that Sarah Paulson is a shoo-in for JFK Jr.’s older sister Caroline Kennedy, Jessica Lange will be Jackie O in flashbacks, Andrew Garfield as JFK Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow should be thrown in some de-aging CGI to play Carolyn. As for who will be cast as Cindy Crawford for the scene when JFK jr. launches George, it will probably be American Horror Story and Stories cast member, and Cindy’s kid, Kaia Gerber. But why not Cindy? She might still have the jacket and chiffon cravat.
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