American Sports Story, American Love Story: FX Orders New Anthology “Spin-Off” Series

FX has ordered two new American Story “spin-off” series from producers Ryan Murphy (above), Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Simpson. Both will be scripted anthologies and casting and premiere dates will be announced in the future.

American Sports Story will focus on a prominent event involving a sports figure and re-examines from multiple perspectives, through the prism of today’s world. The first season will chart the rise and fall of NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez.

American Love Story will follow sweeping true love stories that captured the world’s attention.  The first season will dramatize the whirlwind courtship and marriage of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.

In addition, a fourth installment of American Crime Story is in the works which will revolve around the legendary disco nightclub Studio 54 of midtown Manhattan. Season three, Impeachment: American Crime Story, premieres on Tuesday, September 7th and tells the story of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

FX AND 20th TELEVISION CLOSE DEAL FOR TWO ‘AMERICAN STORY’ SPINOFF LIMITED SERIES FROM RYAN MURPHY, BRAD FALCHUK, NINA JACOBSON & BRAD SIMPSON “AMERICAN SPORTS STORY” and “AMERICAN LOVE STORY”

FX Is in Development on the Next Installment of American Crime Story Franchise “STUDIO 54: AMERICAN CRIME STORY”

Upcoming Third Installment of ACS, “IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” Premieres on Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00 p.m. on FX

Since Murphy Launched the “American Story” Franchise with American Horror Story in 2011, AHS and American Crime Story Have Combined to Earn 141 Emmy Nominations and Have Won 33 Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, August 13, 2021 – FX and 20th Television have closed a blockbuster deal for two ‘American Story’ spinoff limited series from producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, American Sports Story and American Love Story, it was announced today by John Landgraf, Chairman of FX and Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television.

Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Story’ banner launched in 2011 with American Horror Story followed by its first spinoff title American Crime Story (2016), the latter on which he partners with Jacobson and Simpson. Both limited series are produced by 20th Television and FX Productions. In addition to American Horror Story and American Crime Story, as well as the aforementioned orders of American Sports Story and American Love Story, FX and Hulu recently launched the successful episodic anthology spinoff, AMERICAN HORROR STORIES. In total, the ‘American Story’ franchise shows have earned 141 Emmy nominations and won 33 Emmy Awards.

“When Ryan Murphy came to us with these two spinoffs and the stories for American Sports Story and American Love Story, we immediately jumped at the opportunity,” said Landgraf. “What began with American Horror Story has spawned some of the best and most indelible programs of our generation, most notably American Crime Story which created a beautiful partnership between Ryan, Brad, Nina and Brad. Their alchemy and the way in which they construct these stories is done with such care, such clarity and such dimensionality that creates the magnificence that is The People v. O.J. Simpson, The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Impeachment. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Walden said, “More than a decade ago, Ryan Murphy expressed interest in expanding the American Horror Story model to be able to tell different ‘American’ stories, which have long captivated so many of us. It was a brilliant idea. Adding these new installments to the franchise will enable Ryan, Brad, Nina and Brad and their talented teams to tackle riveting stories outside of the horror and crime genres. This group has done a truly amazing job of examining situations we think we know everything about and making us realize that there was so much more there than what we had been told. Many of us at 20th Television, FX and FXP have worked together on this franchise since the very beginning and it has been a privilege. It’s been an incredible partnership and collaboration and we’re looking forward to these new chapters.”

AMERICAN SPORTS STORY
Untitled First Installment
American Sports Story is a scripted anthological limited series focusing on a prominent event involving a sports figure and re-examines it through the prism of today’s world, telling that story from multiple perspectives.

The first installment of American Sports Story is based on the podcast Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc from the Boston Globe and Wondery. The limited series charts the rise and fall of NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez and explores the connections of the disparate strands of his identity, his family, his career, his suicide, and their legacy in sports and American culture

Stu Zicherman (The Americans) is the writer and Executive Producer and Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall and Brad Falchuk are Executive Producers. Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery (Dr. Death) are Executive Producers alongside Executive Producers Linda Pizutti Henry and Ira Napoliello of The Boston Globe.

Murphy is represented by CAA and Craig Emanuel of Paul Hastings. Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Color Force are represented by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. Zicherman is represented by UTA, Mosaic and McKuin Frankel

AMERICAN LOVE STORY
American Love Story is a scripted anthology series of sweeping true love stories that captured the world’s attention.  The first installment depicts the whirlwind courtship and marriage of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. What started out as a beautiful union for the young couple, widely regarded as American royalty, began to fray under the stress of the relentless microscope and navel gaze of tabloid media. The pressures of their careers and rumored family discord ended with their tragic deaths when his private plane crashed into the ocean on a hazy summer night off the coast of Massachusetts.  Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Alexis Martin Woodall are Executive Producers of American Love Story.

STUDIO 54: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
(in development – working title)
Studio 54: American Crime Story is currently in development as the potential fourth installment of the award-winning hit limited series franchise, American Crime Story. The story tells the saga of Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager who in 1977 turned their midtown Manhattan disco into an international mecca of nightlife for the rich and famous and commoners alike – renowned for its lavish parties, music, sex and drugs. With Rubell and Schrager’s meteoric rise came their epic fall less than three years later when the impresarios were convicted of tax fraud.

The third and next installment of ACS, Impeachment: American Crime Story, premieres on Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00 p.m. E/P on FX. Impeachment: American Crime Story is a limited series examining the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in over a century. It tells this story through the eyes of the women at the center of the events: Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) and Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford). All three were thrust into the public spotlight during a time of corrosive partisan rancor, shifting sexual politics and a changing media landscape. The series shows how power lifts some and disposes of others in the halls of our most sacred institutions.

Impeachment:  American Crime Story is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Sarah Burgess, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sarah Paulson, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Michael Uppendahl. The series is produced by 20th Television and FX Productions.

The first two installments of American Crime Story, The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016) and The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018), collectively received 41 Emmy nominations and won 14 Emmy Awards, both winning the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series. The show has also won AFI, Critics Choice, DGA, Golden Globe, Peabody, PGA, SAG, WGA and Television Critics Association awards with The People v. O.J. Simpson winning Program of the Year in 2016.

About FX
FX is home to acclaimed and award-winning television available on the FX on Hulu streaming hub, the FX, FXX and FXM cable networks, and the video on-demand service FXNOW. FX on Hulu offers next day access to FX and FXX current series, FX’s library of legacy series, and exclusive original programming, including Devs, Mrs. America, A Teacher, American Horror Stories and the upcoming Y: The Last Man, The Old Man, Fleishman is in Trouble, Class of ’09 and Under the Banner of Heaven. FX additionally features the drama series Mayans M.C., Pose, Snowfall and Taboo; the limited series American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Fargo, FEUD, Black Narcissus and the upcoming Pistol and Shōgun; the comedies Archer, Atlanta, Better Things, Breeders, DAVE, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, What We Do in the Shadows, Reservation Dogs and the upcoming Little Demon; the half-hour series Mr Inbetween, The Choe Show and The Premise; the weekly short-form comedy programming showcase Cake; and a growing slate of docuseries and documentary features, including The New York Times Presents, The Most Dangerous Animal of All, AKA Jane Roe, A Wilderness of Error, Hip Hop Uncovered; Hysterical, PRIDE and the upcoming Welcome to Wrexham. FX is the former home of The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Justified and The Americans. FX’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network, with FXM featuring classic films, contemporary hits, award-winning features and short-form original programming. FXX is also the cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history. Over the past decade, FX has received 385 Emmy(R) Award nominations and won 68 Emmys. FX has earned the most Emmy(R) Award nominations of any ad-supported cable brand for 10 consecutive years.

ABOUT 20TH TELEVISION
A part of Disney Television Studios, 20th Television is one of the industry’s most prolific suppliers of entertainment programming, including the No 1. Series on all of broadcast, NBC’s THIS IS US from Dan Fogelman; Fox’s No. 1 drama, 9-1-1 and its spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, FX’s newest smash AMERICAN HORROR STORIES; Hulu’s comedy hits SOLAR OPPOSITES from Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan and LOVE, VICTOR from Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger and Brian Tanen; FX’s No. 1 series AMERICAN HORROR STORY from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; TBS’ No. 1 series AMERICAN DAD created by Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman and Seth MacFarlane; and the longest-running primetime scripted series in the history of television, THE SIMPSONS, in addition to dozens of others.  20th Television shows have amassed a collective 2000 Emmy nominations and 263 Emmy wins, as well as multiple Golden Globes, Humanitas Prizes and Peabody Awards. The studio’s landmark series from its 70-year library include such classics as BATMAN, M*A*S*H, GLEE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, BONES, BOB’S BURGERS, EMPIRE, FAMILY GUY, 24, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FUTURAMA, KING OF THE HILL, NEW GIRL and THE X-FILES.

ABOUT FX PRODUCTIONS
FX Productions (FXP) produces the FX on Hulu exclusive series Devs, Mrs. America, A Teacher, Y: The Last Man, and the upcoming Class of ’09 and Under the Banner of Heaven; the FX drama series Snowfall and co-produces Pose and Mayans M.C.; the upcoming FX limited series Pistol and Shōgun and co-produces American Crime Story and Fargo; and the half-hour series Mr Inbetween and The Premise, the weekly showcase Cake. FXP also produces the comedy series Archer, Atlanta, Better Things, DAVE, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and What We Do in the Shadows, Reservation Dogs and the upcoming Little Demon, and co-produces Breeders. Past award-winning series co-produced by FXP include The Americans, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Damages and Rescue Me.

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