FEUD Season 2 Charles and Diana

FEUD Season 2 to Focus on Charles and Diana's Royal Estrangement

For Season 2 of FEUD, Ryan Murphy is eschewing Hollywood royalty for the real thing.

FX on Tuesday renewed Murphy’s nascent anthology series for a 10-episode second season, which will focus on the tempestuous marriage and divorce of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. The pickup comes a week before the March 5 launch of the franchise’s eight-episode first season, FEUD: Bette and Joan.

FEUD: Charles and Diana — which is slated to bow in 2018 — will be written by Murphy and Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz (the latter of whom is currently consulting on the second, Katrina-themed season of Murphy’s American Crime Story.

Charles and Diana’s incendiary love/hate story has been the subject of numerous movies, most notably (or infamously?) the 1992 ABC movie Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After, which starred Cheers‘ Roger Rees and Dynasty‘s Catherine Oxenberg.

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  1. Joel Maurice says:

    Sarah Paulson for Diana and David Schwimmer for Prince Charles

    • Eli says:

      Beat me to the punch

      • Garbo says:

        Diana was late twenties/early thirties around the time the marriage fell apart and the divorce occurred, Charles was early forties. I vote for a Knightley/Cumberbatch reunion ! Committed actors, British, right age, and though movie stars, for a limited run they could be available if the material is high quality enough.

  2. Wrstlgirl says:

    I’ll probably watch this one. The first season Bette and Joan doesn’t interest me at all.

  3. Wordsmith says:

    Great subject material, though I’m worried he may have to pull his punches to avoid offending people.

  4. Muller says:

    So, he’s starting to write this season of FEUD, in June or July he has AHS and that means Scream Queens is canceled, since some of the cast already signed for other shows.

  5. Anne says:

    Too bad Murphy can’t write a female character to save his life

  6. M says:

    So he’s gonna make up a whole bunch of crap and people are gonna praise it? I hope he’s ready for a fight. I can’t see the Royal family being OK with this. Marvel had to change their comic story line when they tried to Include Diana. I can’t see Murphy pulling this off.

    • Susannah says:

      There have already been countless books, TV movies, gossip columns, etc. devoted to the mess that was Charles and Diana. They were public figures, the royal family might express their disapproval of not allowing Diana to RIP but that’s about it.

    • Erik says:

      Marvel changed a storyline that brought Diana back to life as a member of a mutant super hero team, its a little different then what Feud is going to do.

    • Wordsmith says:

      I think he can pull it off, but I get what you’re saying. If you approach the Royals in the same over the top campy way that Feud season 1 seems to be doing, some people are going to be angry.

  7. John036 says:

    Though interesting topic, isn’t this kind of piggy-backing off of The Crown?

  8. leo21 says:

    Uh, Ryan. You already have your Olivia De Havilland. Why not do De Havilland and Joan Fontaine, which was probably the only feud as notorious as Bette/Joan.

    • QueenB says:

      This! Seems insane not to focus on the feuding sisters or he could do a season about them next and the fourth season could be about Paris and Nicole and the following Jennifer and Angelina

  9. kalman82 says:

    Am I the only one that feels that doing a TV show based on the lives of people who are very much alive is a bit tacky? It’s not like we are going to see anything new or original. As someone mentioned upthread, it’s an opportunistic riff on the Crown success.