Ryan Murphy To Continue Entertaining Us For Years As A Swag Of New Netflix Series Announced

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We are only weeks away from the latest season of Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series American Horror Story premiering on our screens. It is only just over a week later that his first series in his massive $300 million Netflix deal, The Politician drops. However, if that wasn’t enough to get fans excited, the prolific producer has just announced another swag of new series set to debut over the next year in a recent interview with TIME. It certainly seems as if everything is coming up Ryan.

Murphy had already announced that he was adapting one of this year’s Broadway hits, The Prom, now he’s got his sights set on another musical series. Murphy will be turning A Chorus Line into a 10-episode miniseries. No further details, including potential cast and crew where mentioned. Also up is an Ewan McGregor-lead scripted limited drama about iconic fashion designer Halston, with McGregor taking on the titular character.

We were also given further details about his other Netflix original series, Hollywood. The series, co-created with Glee and Scream Queens collaborator Ian Brennan, will “look at Hollywood and the sex industry, and how absolutely everything has changed and nothing has changed”. Holland Taylor (The Practice, Two And A Half Men) will star in the series, with Murphy revealing that Patti LuPone will be joining her.

While no other cast members were dropped in the TIME interview, Collider are reporting that Broadway star Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy; Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations) has joined the cast in a leading role. It is rumoured that he will be playing a gay, aspiring writer in 1940s Hollywood. They also suggested that some of the Ryan Murphy “regular players” would be appearing, including Darren Criss (American Crime Story; Glee), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart), David Corenswet (The Politician) and Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart). Sources have also claimed to Collider that Murphy is also looking for someone to play closeted screen legend Rock Hudson as well as two-time Oscar winner Spencer Tracey. Netflix, however, has not confirmed or commented on any of the above casting.

In addition to his drama series (including the previously announced The Politician and Ratched, the Sarah Paulson-led prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Murphy has a few documentaries in the works. First, he will be taking a 10-episode look at the artist Andy Warhol. Described as “big” and “flashy”, the docuseries will explore the” real person who made all this stuff that changed all our lives” says Murphy. And that’s just the start. Also in the pipeline is A Secret Love, the story of a closeted lesbian couple who came out in their 80s, a docuseries on the most stylish people in the world – “because he loved year-end lists as a kid. ‘Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s the most?’” and he’s teaming up again with Murphy regular Jessica Lange. That project will be “about Marlene Dietrich in Vegas in the early ‘60s)”. Just whether this will be a TV series or a film, is yet to be seen.

And this is just the Netflix offerings he has lined up. Fans can still catch 911 and its spinoff, 911: Lone Star over on FOX and Pose, and new seasons of American Horror Story (1984) and American Crime Story (exploring the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal) on FX.

There’s just not enough time in the week for all these goodies that we have to look forward to. Thankfully their releases are staggered over the next few years. First up is American Horror Story: 1984, which premieres on September 18. Next up is The Politician on Netflix, dropping September 27.

Clare Sidoti
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