Brad Falchuk ’93, L.H.D.’14 — the recipient of multiple Emmys as “Glee” co-creator, executive producer and director — has garnered critical praise and awards since for his second show, the FX horror drama “American Horror Story,” which was nominated this week for 19 Emmys (eight Primetime Awards and 11 Creative Arts Awards).
Having concluded its fourth season with a fifth slated to air in October 2015, the “anthology” series, with each season conceived as a self-contained miniseries, has previously won eight Emmy Awards. The show’s first season was nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012, tied with AMC’s “Mad Men” for the most nominations. In 2013, the second season of “American Horror Story” also received 17 nominations, again more than any other show. The third season was also nominated for 17 awards.
This year’s Primetime Emmy nominations include:
- Outstanding Miniseries
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Jessica Lange)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Denis O’Hare and Finn Wittrock)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates)
- Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special(Ryan Murphy)
The Creative Arts Emmy nominations include nods for hairstyling, main sequence design, visual effects, costumes, sound mixing, cinematography, sound editing, casting, prosthetic makeup, composition and makeup (non-prosthetic).
Falchuk discovered his passion for writing, producing and storytelling while taking film classes with Associate Professor of English Elisabeth Lyon. After declaring an English major with an emphasis in theatre, Falchuk wrote a play during his junior year and completed an independent study with Lyon where he turned the play into a film that helped him secure admission to graduate school at the American Film Institute.
After earning a degree in screenwriting at the film institute, Falchuk began writing spec scripts (sample episodes of existing TV shows) that he sent to agents and that led to numerous jobs writing for TV shows such as “Mutant X” (2001), “Earth: Final Conflict” (2001-2002) and “Veritas: The Quest” (2003) before he was hired by Ryan Murphy to work on the first season of “Nip/Tuck.” This relationship proved to be invaluable as the pair went on to create “Glee,” along with Ian Brennan.
“Glee” premiered in 2009 and Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan received two Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series.
After the early success of “Glee,” Falchuk signed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television which involved further work on the show as well as the development of other projects for the studio. In 2011, Falchuk, along with Murphy, co-created the FX horror drama “American Horror Story.”
Lionsgate recently selected Falchuk to rewrite Maria Maggenti’s screenplay for “Dirty Dancing,” a musical reimagining inspired by the popular 1987 film starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.
In addition to his successful career, Falchuk is giving back as the co-creator of The Young Storytellers Foundation, which helps develop literacy and inspire children to discover the power of their own voice. Started in 2003, the program provides underserved, arts-poor public schools in the greater Los Angeles area with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life by famous actors through performance using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring. In 2014, he was the HWS Commencement speaker and received an honorary doctorate from the Colleges.