‘American Horror Story’ Will Haunt FX For Another Season

The network's breakout hit gets a second season pickup just in time for a Halloween marathon.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

On the last episode of "American Horror Story," Ben (Dylan McDermott) and his wife, Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) were having the Halloween from Hell, as the ultrasound of their possibly evil baby caused a nurse to faint and their daughter, Violet (Taissa Farmiga) was missing while the crazed Larry Harvey (Denis O'Hare) lurked around their house. And even Ben's dead mistress, Hayden (Kate Mara) returned from the grave to haunt them.

However, fans of the series should have reason to celebrate today. FX has officially renewed "American Horror Story" for a second season of 13 episodes.

“It’s one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience — it’s something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up,” said John Landgraf, FX's President. “Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with 'Nip/Tuck,' 'Glee' and now 'American Horror Story,' which will be scaring FX’s viewers to death for many years to come.”

"American Horror Story" debuted to 5.4 million viewers, making it the highest rated premiere episode for any FX series. Subsequent episodes have averaged 4.2 million viewers and with Live+7 and Live+3 numbers factored in, "American Horror Story" is on pace to be the highest rated first season in the history of the network.

Tonight on FX, an "American Horror Story" marathon will kick off at 10PM with the first four episodes of the series, before the first season continues on Wednesday night. Presumably, the second season of "American Horror Story" will run in the fall of 2012.

Although no returning cast members were mentioned in the announcement, my personal theory is that the house and its ghosts will be finished with the Harmons by the end of the year, possibly with a new family moving in next Fall and the Harmons recurring as ghosts.

Of course, that's just a theory. And I want to hear your theories about what's happening in "American Horror Story" as well as your predictions about what's going to happen in the rest of the first season. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!