HUMANITAS Winner Ryan Murphy Gains Emmy Nods for 'American Horror Story' and 'The Normal Heart'


ryan-murphy-mainRyan Murphy is seeing double digits.

Projects from the popular TV producer had quite the showing when nominations were announced Thursday for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

"It's an exciting day, to say the least," Murphy said Thursday by phone.

"American Horror Story: Coven," the third installment in the FX anthology series from Murphy and Brad Falchuk, received a mighty 17 nominations -- making it the third-most nominated series this year. Murphy thinks that tally, coupled with the showings of 'True Detective" and "Fargo," is signaling a shift in storytelling toward closed-ended, chapter-type seasons.

"I think particularly this year, really — between "Horror Story" and "Fargo" and how well "True Detective" did — I think it really is about the rise of anthological television shows," he said. "I think that people like that format. I think people like a beginning, middle and end. I think it’s a fun way to watch. With binge-viewing really taking off in our society, I think it’s the perfect sort of storytelling for the culture we live in now. We see that reflected on all those nominations, people like it. And I think we'll be seeing more of it."

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