Ryan Murphy is one seriously busy dude. Not only is the writer and producer busy corralling the jazz-handed squadrons on Glee, but he's also scaring up ghosties for the second season of American Horror Story and launching the new gaybie comedy The New Normal. Where did he ever find time to give Vulture an interview?
Well, I'm glad he did, because we got all sorts of goodies about the next seasons of our favorite shows. As for Glee, Murphy says that the upcoming Season 4 gets the New Directions back to their underdog status, whatever that means. He says there are going to be fewer characters than ever (even though all the regulars from the cast will be back next year in non-central roles). He also says that Will Schuester will get something to do other than wear sweater vests and that Sue Sylvester will have a new villain to hate. Oh and (spoiler alert!) Will doesn't get married tonight. Oopsie!
All of this sounds very promising. However, I disagree with his assessment that the show is doing what it has always been doing and the only thing that's changed is critics' perception of it. The show is remarkably different from Season 1 and it's possible that a failure to acknowledge that is what makes a series that was once universally loved now nearly unwatchable to many.
Good news for Murphy fans though, is that Season 2 of American Horror Story sounds absolutely amazing. "It’s set in an institution for the criminally insane that Jessica Lange’s character runs, which is a really, really, really fun thing to do because you can write all these people locked up in it," says Murphy.