The series premiere of Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series, Feud, is almost here and fans can't wait. Feud will tackle a different feud each season, the first being the longstanding rivalry of iconic Hollywood actresses Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange). But how many episodes is Feud? The first season will be a total of eight episodes.
Feud: Bette and Joan will follow the two actresses as they team up to try and recapture their Hollywood glory days, after being cast aside because of their age. The two of them sign up to make the film adaptation of the novel What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, a film that quickly became a cult classic. The show will begin a little before production for the movie got underway and then go all the way through to after the film is made and to the Oscars.
Davis and Crawford's feud was very well known, which is partially why Crawford suggested she do the film with Davis, playing off of their well documented dislike of each other. Naturally, when the film was being made there was the question of if the two legends could even work together and film executive Jack Warner (played in the series by Stanley Tucci) even used this to his advantage during the making of the film for promotion and publicity.
For executive producer and creator Murphy, this show was very much about what the industry does to women, both back in the '60s, which is when the show takes place, and presently. This show, or at least this first season, is all about giving a voice to women, which is evidenced by the fact that many of the episodes are directed by women, according to The New York Times.
Though the first season of Feud hasn't even aired yet, FX has already ordered a second season, which will follow the estrangement between royals Charles, Prince of Wales, and Princess Diana. The second season will be 10 episodes long and is slated to debut in 2018, according to TVLine. The show may even beat The Crown — which centers around the life of Queen Elizabeth II — to this story. The second season will also be written by Murphy and Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz.
It's clear that Murphy has another popular series on his hands and it'll be interesting to see what other famous feuds he'll tackle in the future.
Feud: Bette and Joan premieres on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.