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Historically, horror hasn't scared up a great track record on TV. Supernatural series? Yes. Terrifying ones? No. The good news for FX, which on Wednesday launches American Horror Story, is that audiences seem to be growing braver. Millions have dared to peek out from behind their fingers, making hits out of The Walking Dead and True Blood. Even when Nip/Tuck dipped its scalpels into overt horror -- terrorizing us with sadistic serial killer The Carver -- it drew record numbers to FX.
But do viewers have the stomach for a haunted house dreamed up by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who gave us both Glee and Nip/Tuck?
American Horror Story
If pressed, one could boil down the premise of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's new FX series, American Horror Story, to a simple setup: The fragile Harmons -- Ben (Dylan McDermott), a therapist, his wife Vivien (Connie Britton), and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — move to Los Angeles after Ben makes a terrible mistake that jeopardizes their family. The only problem? Their creepy new house may not be the best place to start over.
But "creepy" doesn't begin to tell it. There is a barrel of bizarre going on here, and it's all delivered fast and furious in the first episode (premiering Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10/9c) when the Harmons meet their peculiar neighbors. They include bigoted Southern mother next door Constance
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Rescue Me's series finale pulled 2.33 million viewers, the most since the Season 4 finale, FX's research department said Thursday.
After seven seasons, FX's Rescue Me concluded with its usual blend of dark plots and dark comedy before ultimately leaving tortured hero Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) with a surprisingly sunny outlook on the future.
That ending reflects the stories of a couple real-life firefighters who inspired his character, Leary says.
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"They're definitely in a place, 10 years later, where they still love the job," he tells TVGuide.com. "They're actually as happy as you could expect them to be. They're whole. They're back to as close as they could be to the men they were before the events of 9/11 happened...
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy's 90-minute Season 4 debut became the series' most-watched episode, attracting 4.94 million viewers, a 20 percent increase over the third-season premiere, according to Nielsen figures.
Of that viewership total, some 3.22 million Tuesday night -- up 15 percent -- were in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 age group.
Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy
A lot can change in 14 months. And for the members of the motorcycle club at the heart of FX's Sons of Anarchy, the time that has passed between seasons may spell the end of SAMCRO forever.
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The end of Season 3 found Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Clay (Ron Perlman) and several other club members heading to prison to serve their plea deal sentence. Though the Season 4 premiere (Tuesday, 10/9c, FX) opens with the club's year-later release, they emerge changed men. And, no, we're not just talking about Jax's haircut.
"Jax has had a lot of time to think about the last three years of his life," creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter tells TVGuide.com....