“American Horror Story” is one of FX’s most successful series to date, airing for 11 seasons (and 123 episodes) between 2011 and 2022 and winning 16 Emmys along the way. In January 2020, the cable network made the bold decision to renew Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk‘s horror anthology series for three more installments — Season 11, Season 12 and Season 13. That ensures the flagship show will be on our TV screens through at least the year 2024. Scary good!
Here’s everything to know so far about “American Horror Story” Season 12: theme, cast, release date, etc. Bookmark this page as we’ll be updating it when new information is revealed.
The previous 11 “AHS” subtitles were “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freak Show,” “Hotel,” “Roanoke,” “Cult,” “Apocalypse,” “1984,” “Double Feature” and “NYC.”
“American Horror Story” Season 12 Theme
The dozenth season of the show is titled “American Horror Story: Delicate” and is based on the thriller novel “Delicate Condition” by Danielle Valentine, to be released on August 1, 2023. This marks the first time an “AHS” season is based on a book. Amazon describes the novel’s plot as a “gripping thriller that follows a woman convinced a sinister figure is going to great lengths to make sure her pregnancy never happens.”
“American Horror Story” Season 12 Filming
The new episodes began filming in May 2023, Ryan Murphy confirmed. While production was halted by the Writers Guild of America strike, the show soon went back into production with Halley Feiffer as the sole writer and new showrunner, per The AHS Zone. Murphy threatened to sue Warren Leight, an East Coast strike captain, who tweeted that actors would be “blackballed in Murphy-land” if they didn’t cross the picket lines, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Murphy’s team responded that the tweet was “absolute nonsense” and “categorically false.” Update: Production on “Delicate” was officially suspended in July 2023 at the start of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Matt Czuchry joins “American Horror Story” Season 12
On April 6, our sister site The Hollywood Reporter announced that Matt Czuchry (of “The Good Wife” and “Gilmore Girls” fame) was joining the upcoming season of “American Horror Story” following the cancelation of “The Resident,” both of which are produced by Disney’s 20th Television. Czuchry’s character’s name is Dex.
More “American Horror Story” Season 12 Cast Members
Shortly after Czuchry’s announcement, two more celebrities signed on for this 12th edition: Kim Kardashian as Tanya and Emma Roberts as Anna Alcott. Kardashian is new to the franchise, while Roberts is a veteran who previously appeared in “Coven,” “Freak Show,” “Cult,” “Apocalypse” and “1984.” The following cast members were later named: Cara Delevingne, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Odessa A’zion, Billie Lourd, Julie White, Debra Monk, Zachary Quinto and Denis O’Hare.
What about Sarah Paulson?
Don’t expect the Emmy-winning actress to return to “American Horror Story” anytime soon. As she recently told our sister site Variety, “I’m always open to it, but I feel like I’ve been doing it for a long time, and people might start getting sick of me in that world. Let someone else scream and run and cry for a second. Other people can do that, too! Also, my nervous system. There was a time when I was younger when I was like, ‘I can do this all night. I love it!’ Now I’m like, ‘Momma’s tired!’” For those keeping track at home, Paulson has appeared in nine seasons total, her last one being “AHS: Double Feature” as both Tuberculosis Karen and Mamie Eisenhower.
What about Evan Peters?
The frequent “American Horror Story” collaborator did not appear in the 11th season, likely due to scheduling conflicts with Netflix’s award-winning “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” In all, Peters has starred in nine “AHS” installments. He last popped up in “AHS: Double Feature” as Austin Sommers, a blood-sucking playwright who sometimes appeared as a drag queen named Patty O. Furniture. There is no word yet on whether Peters will return to the show that made him a household name.
“American Horror Story” Season 12 Release Date
“AHS: Delicate” is expected to debut in Summer 2023. All of the prior cycles debuted on the calendar in October (Seasons 1-5 and 11), September (Seasons 6-9) or August (Season 10). Our best guess is that Season 12 will stick to the same strategy as last year and air two episodes every Wednesday night for five weeks straight. Get ready to set your DVRs accordingly.
“American Horror Story” Season 12 Episode Count
You can bank on the new cycle to be composed of exactly 10 hour-length episodes. The only season to go below that number was Season 9, which made due with just nine episodes. Seasons 6, 8, 10 and 11 produced 10 episodes each, while Season 7 was 11 episodes, Seasons 1 and 5 aired 12 episodes, and Seasons 2, 3 and 4 had 13 episodes.
What about “American Horror Stories”?
Don’t be confused, “AHS” fans. “American Horror Stories” (with a plural ending) is FX on Hulu’s weekly anthology spin-off series where every episode tells a different spooky story. Season 1 streamed seven episodes throughout Summer 2021 and Season 2 aired throughout Summer 2022 for eight episodes. There has not yet been an official announcement regarding “Stories” Season 3, although The AHS Zone tweeted about a rumored renewal back in February.
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