FX Boss Talks American Horror Story Season 2 and Getting Into Bed With Charlie Sheen

FX president John Landgraf defended his decision to get into business with Charlie Sheen on the upcoming comedy Anger Management (premiering in June), telling reporters at the final day of the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that he “believes in redemption.”

Landgraf conceded that he “walked into [Sheen’s Anger Management] pitch as skeptical as you might imagine, [but] it was just a really excellent pitch for a comedy series.”

Other highlights from FX’s TCA day:

* Landgraf said Ryan Murphy is actively casting the second season of American Horror Story, adding that “two or three” Season 1 cast members “may be continuing next year, although they would be playing entirely new roles.”

* Regarding the status of the network’s live-action adaptation of Powers starring Jason Patric, Landgraf said he requested “fairly substantial rewrites that would require pretty substantial reshoots” to the pilot and is waiting to see how those tweaks turn out before pulling the trigger on a series order. He called the project “as difficult an adaptation as I ever worked on.”

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  1. Lee says:

    Crap, I was really hoping FX would take Powers to series. Doesn’t sound good now.

  2. Ana Muller says:

    I really want Jessica Lange and Evan Peters to still be a part of AHS next season!

  3. Yeah, as I read somewhere … “Jessica Lange and Dylan McDermott’s ass” need to return to ‘Horror Story’!!

  4. Evenbetter says:

    What ? A new season of AHS ? Please don’t tell me there gonna kill every character in this season too….

  5. Lucyinthesky says:

    I am really looking forward to see Charlie Sheen new show, it seems so much smarter, wittier and compelling than Two and a Half Men.

    • Toto says:

      Landgraf may regret the Charlie Sheen venture. When you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

      • Amy says:

        LOVE Charlie Sheen and really looking forward to this. When Sheen was asked to replace MJFox in Spin City, he ended up winning a Golden Globe for his performance. He was funny on Men which quality-wise at least, has been an unfunny mess since he’s been gone, and I’m routing for him on his new project with FX. I’m glad in an industry full of “come backs” FX who has said themselves, have gotten HUGE ratings off of Sheen’s “Men” episodes in syndication, will give his show a chance. Can’t wait to see what it’s all about, and hope it does well.

        • Robin says:

          totally agree with you Amy, as for Toto maybe you should stop making some silly judgments and take care of yourself..

  6. Meh says:

    I want to know what happens to the demon child. With all that buildup, it wouldn’t be fair to leave us hanging!

  7. DN says:

    “two or three” Season 1 cast members “may be continuing next year, although they would be playing entirely new roles.”

    That is just stupid. This is not the Mercury theater, which is what Murphy wants to replicate, reusing actors in different roles. The Mercury theatre, something Murphy has discussed in interviews, is the theatre Orson Welles ran, in which he reused his actors for different roles.

    First Murphy wants to start from scratch with each season, thus eliminating attachments viewers make with characters, and now he wants to reuse his actors?! No one is going to be able to forget the character the actor played in season 1, thus creating a distraction for the audience.

    • Tarc says:

      Considering that we quite often watch the same actors do different roles all the time… I’m not sure you have a point. Murphy is reusing the actors that *fit the new roles* and still want to return/can fit the job in their schedule. There is nothing saying that some of the season one people that don’t appear in season two won’t appear in season three (or four). That’s the way the Mercury theater worked (and Tim Burton’s group).

  8. Rebecca Rowland says:

    Ahs is one of the greatest tv shows at the mo up their with True Blood, Walking dead and Booth at the end. It’s been amazing from stuart to finish and I’ve loved all the twists and turns, I hope they keep Dennis o’ Hare in season 2 even though he has True Blood to work on as well also I hope they keep, Evan Peters & Jessica Launge. HBO & FX rock x

  9. Rhian says:

    I *really* hope Evan Peters will be in S2 of AHS. He was truly outstanding and I would be happy to see him as Tate (one of TV’s most fascinating and compelling characters in a long time, I really wish EP had gotten a Golden Globe nom) or as another character. What I love about AHS is its originality and that it often challenges the audience, I think using some of the same actors in different roles is another great step in that direction – can’t wait for S2!

  10. Stuart says:

    It makes sense why Murphy would be starting fresh each season. It allows us as viewers to get caught up and frightened by a new horror story each season. I understand the average series allows us to root for and fall in love with characters as they develop season to season, but amh is its own style of show which is what makes it soo great. Looking forward for what’s to come!!

  11. vonryan says:

    I can’t believe I invested my emotions with all the season 1 characters on AHS, only to see them evaporate. Shame. I’ll not watch season 2 and get emotionally tied up again.

  12. Phil says:

    While I loved American Horror Story there was no real store. Family moves into a House. They all die. Costance has 4 children yet we only know 3 of them. Evan Peters kills the Gay guys for no reason. On Halloween the Ghosts can go off the property. Why? Really bad storytelling and writing. Yes I was entertained by the series but totally unfulfilled as there really was no story.

  13. Kate says:

    I can’t wait for Charlie Sheen’s new series! I think the problem with Men was as much Chuck Lorre’s fault as it was Charlie Sheens so I fail to see why people keep bashing Charlie for it. Men is awful without Charlie – he was the heart of the show.

    Charlie Sheen is a very talented guy and I think his new show is going to be wonderful! FX was smart to sign on with Charlie – he’s going to make them a ton of money!

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