Great news: "American Horror Story" has at least three more seasons to build up with amazing hype, only to inevitably disappoint with the actual results. Yay!

FX already renewed AHS for Season 7, which airs this fall. The network just announced that it is picking up AHS Season 8 and Season 9, which could potentially continue the franchise into 2019.

Here's a statement from FX CEO John Landgraf:

"'American Horror Story' launched the modern limited series revolution and — as evidenced by the most recent installment 'Roanoke' – it remains as vital today as when 'Murder House' stunned audiences six years ago. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot."

Here's more from Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman:

"When Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk came to us seven years ago with the idea for a horror series structured as an anthology, with a group of actors returning year after year, in different roles, settings and time periods, we were in awe of the sheer originality and ambition of their vision. They've since delivered six fantastic installments which have rightfully attracted millions of viewers, critical raves and dozens of awards."

AHS continuing at least to Season 8 is not a surprise, since Ryan Murphy teased mythology connections between Season 7 and Season 8 in interviews conducted over the summer, before Season 6 premiered. And here's what Murphy teased to Entertainment Weekly back in September, about a "secret season":

"I've been working with a writer on a season that only he and I know. It's like a two-year project that we'll continue to work on the sly and not tell anybody. I don't know when it will [air] but it's also an experiment. It's a different way of doing it. It's one person writing all episodes."

So far, AHS has given us "Murder House," "Asylum," "Coven," "Freak Show," "Hotel," and "Roanoke." No idea what's next, but the rumors have already started and should pick up over the summer.

FX had more to say at today's TCA Winter Press Tour, including setting "The Americans" new season premiere date (March 7) and revealing Ryan Murphy's next anthology series will start March 5 with "FEUD: Bette and Joan," starring AHS alum Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford with Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis.

[via: Entertainment Weekly, TVLine]

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