Ryan Murphy Invented Anthology TV, Then Made Us Wonder How We Lived Without It

Adweek’s TV Creator of the Year oversees American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud for FX

The slogan for FX is “Fearless,” but that word doesn’t really apply to the network’s most prolific producer, Ryan Murphy, who refuses to take on a new project unless it terrifies him. It’s an approach that unwittingly led him in 2011 to create TV’s anthology series genre—where each season features an entirely new story and characters, with some actors returning in different roles—while early in production on American Horror Story’s first season.

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This story first appeared in the May 15, 2017, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.