I realize I haven’t posted anything related to TV in awhile. Movies have been keeping me plenty busy… But that’s not it.
I really gave a lot of new shows a try this season, but none of them panned out. “Ringer”, “Person of Interest”, “Terra Nova”, “The Playboy Club”, “Charlie’s Angels”, I watched at least the premiere of all of them, looking for something to recommend. There was nothing though. Nothing worth writing up. “Ringer” is the only one I’m even recording still, and I’m way behind.
That all changed this weekend when I caught the premiere of FX’s new show, “American Horror Story”
As the title might suggest, “American Horror Story” is a horror show.
That right there was probably enough to get me to tune in. I mean, a horror show? On television? How often does THAT happen?
But as an added incentive, the cast is phenomenal. Connie Britton is fresh off of her five season run on “Friday Night Lights”, where she was officially jobbed out of an Emmy. Bastards. Still, whatever she and Kyle Chandler chose for their next projects, I was at least checking out. And Jessica Lange? Are you kidding? Hell yeah. McDermott doesn’t do much for me, but he’s been around long enough. Maybe this is the thing that’ll click with me.
So I DVRed the premiere, and lo and behold, when I got around to checking it out, it was outstanding. Well acted, well written, great cast, great characters, and for tv? Surprisingly creepy!
The premise revolves around a married couple with a teenage daughter who move to a new house after a difficult period in their marriage. The two of them are still struggling with his infedilty, and their daughter is a cutter. Of course, it’s not your average house. Aside from the standard “previous tenants were murdered” angle, there are creepy neighbors, a horny housekeeper, and a scarred up former tenant who tries to warn them of the danger they’re in. Your prototypical “prophet of doom” character.
I know it sounds like there’s some horror stereotypes in there, but it definitely all felt fresh. And there were a couple of moments when I was impressed by how atmospheric and spooky it was. This is an FX show, so it’s got high production values and a lot of adult content. The first episode was a real surprise to me, and I can’t wait to see what they do once they have a chance to give these characters some room to grow and are able to build some story lines and a mythology.
I’m glad to have a show to look forward to on tv again right now.
Check. It. Out! It’s on tonight (Weds) on FX at 10.