FX announces spring premiere dates

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FX has set premiere dates for the new, highly anticipated anthology series Feud from Ryan Murphy, the acclaimed and award winning The Americans, and the Emmy winning animated series Archer which moves to sister network FXX.

Feud will focus on famous and infamous feuds in history with the first installment detailing the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and the behind-the-scenes tension between stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The limited series will bring Jessica Lange back to the Murphy fold as Crawford, and Susan Sarandon as Davis. The star-studded cast will also include Alfred Molina as director Robert Aldrich, Stanly Tucci as Warner Bros. studio head Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Jackie Hoffman as Crawford’s housekeeper Mamacita, Dominic Burgess as co-star Victor Buono, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia De Havilland, Sarah Paulson as Geraldine Page, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell and Kiernan Shipka as Davis’ daughter B.D. The series premieres Sunday, March 5 at 10:00 PM.

The Americans returns for a fifth season on a new night, moving to Tuesday beginning March 7, and Archer will move to FXX for its eighth season starting Wednesday, April 5. Fans of the recent Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy, Atlanta, will have to wait until 2018 for new episodes due to star Donald Glover’s production schedule. Glover, who also won as Best Actor in a Comedy Series, is set to appear in the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone movie about young Han Solo, which is currently in pre-production.

Fans of Ryan Murphy’s other anthology series American Crime Story will also have to wait until 2018 for the next installment which is set to focus on Hurricane Katrina. The project had been in development during season one’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but the network and producers felt the scripts needed more work to focus on the characters and themes. Plus shooting in New Orleans means weather has to be a consideration with filming needing to take place outside of hurricane season. The delay means the more talked about third season focusing on the Gianni Versace murder will premiere within six months of season two. Murphy also stated that Lady Gaga, who had seemed to be a sure bet to play Versace’s sister Donatella, will not take on the role.

Fans of American Horror Story can breathe a few sighs of relief with Murphy’s news that season seven will feature a contemporary story (although he hinted a while back that several “Freak Show” characters would be involved) with favorites Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters the first two stars to officially sign on. In addition to the seventh season, FX has already renewed the show for seasons 8 and 9, according to FX CEA John Landgraf, “out of trust and good will.” It doesn’t hurt that Murphy has committed to remain as the showrunner.

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