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'American Horror Story' to return for secretive seventh installment

'American Horror Story' to return for secretive seventh installment
"American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In what may be one of the year's easiest renewal decisions, FX announced Tuesday that "American Horror Story" would return for a seventh season in 2017.

The horror anthology series from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has won 15 Emmy Awards, and its latest iteration — "American Horror Story: Roanoke" — has seen a 25% leap in audience over Season 5 — "American Horror Story: Hotel" — growing to 6.89 million viewers from 5.52 million.

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"Ryan, Brad and their team of remarkable writers have done an amazing job of keeping 'American Horror Story' endlessly inventive, shocking and entertaining and we are honored to move ahead with them on the seventh installment," said John Landgraf, chief executive of FX Networks and Productions, in a statement Tuesday.

"'AHS' confronts our deepest fears with unmatched suspense and style. Each new installment is a cultural event, hotly anticipated for its theme, imagery, cast and twists," Landgraf continued.

Nothing is publicly known about the upcoming seventh season, but that's nothing new for "AHS." In anticipation of Season 6, the network and series released no information about what the story line would entail, even releasing seemingly unrelated teaser trailers to further the mystery.

Though it was long rumored that the season would tackle Roanoke, it wasn't until the Sept. 14 premiere that the information was confirmed.

Who from the "American Horror Story" cast of players will return? Who will be running the show? What increasingly esoteric piece of Americana will the series transform into an unmitigated bloodbath?

Who can say?

"American Horror Story: Roanoke" returns with an all-new episode Wednesday at 10 p.m..

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