FX Announces Fall 2012 Schedule

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 11:16am PDT

Sons Of Anarchy kicks things off with its Season 5 premiere September 11 at 10 PM, with American Horror Story: Asylum set for Wednesday, October 17 at 10. Here are FX‘s premiere dates for its six original … Read More »

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‘American Horror Story’ Sets Title For Second Cycle

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 12:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The upcoming second season/installment of FX’s horror series/miniseries American Horror Story will be titled American Horror Story: Asylum, co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy announced today. Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes. Principal photography on AHS: Asylum started on July 17 for an October premiere. “We picked ‘Asylum’ because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted,” Murphy said. “This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.” Read More »

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EMMYS: Movies/Mini Category Spiked With Controversial Entries

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT
Pete Hammond

The Emmys‘ Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category featured many of the expected contenders. HBO’s Game Change and Hemingway And Gellhorn made the cut along with History Channel’s highly rated mini The Hatfields & McCoys, which made a big splash with 16 nominations, and BBC’s Luther and PBS’ Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia adding serious gravitas — if not shows that had many viewers compared to the marquee categories.

The most interesting nomination came for FX’s American Horror Storywhich managed to tie Mad Men for the most overall nominations this year with 17. This show, which offers a different storyline each season with cast members taking on different roles, is a somewhat controversial entry. It is designed as a continuing “series” that could go on for many seasons. In fact, it had to get special treatment from the Academy board in order to be even eligible as a miniseries, where it obviously had a much easier time getting nominated than it would have in the Best Drama Series category where many think this weekly series belongs. Executive producer Ryan Murphy brought it to the Academy and asked that it be considered as a mini rather than regular series — he’s no dummy. At the Primetime Awards Committee meeting the issue was brought up and someone asked if the show initially had a pilot — it did. The committee deadlocked 19-19 on whether to recommend the Board of Governors approve Murphy’s request. The board eventually caved, and Murphy got his way, resulting in the truly impressive Emmy haul this morning. FX sent DVD screeners to the Academy and one of the episodes was clearly labeled “Pilot”. What movie or miniseries has ever had a pilot? Obviously the Academy is twisting the definition of what makes a movie or mini in order to give this category new blood that doesn’t come from HBO or niche networks and cable.

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‘American Horror Story’ & ‘Mad Men’ Lead 2012 Emmy Nominations: Summary

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 7:21am PDT

17 Nominations
American Horror Story
Mad Men

16 Nominations
Downton Abbey
Hatfields & Mccoys

15 Nominations
Hemingway & Gellhorn

14 Nominations
Modern Family
Saturday Night Live

13 Nominations
Breaking Bad
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)
30 Rock

12 Nominations
Boardwalk Empire
Game Change

11 Nominations
Game Of Thrones

9 Nominations

8 Nominations
84Th Annual Academy Awards

7 Nominations
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The … Read More »

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EMMYS: Jessica Lange On ‘American Horror Story’

By | Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 3:45pm PDT

Matt Webb Mitovich is Editor-At-Large at TV Line.

Boardwalk EmpireConstance Langdon is not a neighbor you want to borrow a cup of sugar from, and you most definitely should beware when she comes bearing home-baked gifts (or, for that matter, “sweet breads”). And yet as portrayed by Jessica Lange, who came into American Horror Story with two Oscars and an Emmy on her mantel, the Harmon family’s oft unwelcome visitor did not repel, she but regaled us. Thus far, Lange has netted a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for her first venture into series television — might another Emmy make her housewarming complete?

AWARDSLINE: When you first started seeing the American Horror Story scripts, did you suspect the role of Constance could be Emmy-worthy?
LANGE: I didn’t really know what to think. We were shooting really fast, so I don’t think anybody was thinking about the outcome as much as the process of getting through it. This was the first time I’d ever done this kind of television — a miniseries — and not being all that familiar with the world of TV, I didn’t have any frame of reference. So when the performances started getting recognition, yes, it did kind of surprise me. I mean, I knew how good the writing was, and I knew there was a great deal that I could do with it — it’s a big character with a huge range of emotions.

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James Cromwell Joins FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ For Season Two

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 10:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

James Cromwell American Horror StoryEXCLUSIVE: The last big part in the upcoming second season of FX’s American Horror Story has been cast. Oscar nominee James Cromwell is in negotiations to join Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit anthology series … Read More »

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EMMYS: FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ To Compete In Miniseries Category

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 5:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FX’s anthology drama series American Horror Story will be submitted as a miniseries for Emmy consideration. FX made an inquiry, and after The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards Committee and Board of Governors ruled that AHS is eligible … Read More »

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‘American Horror Story’s Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson & Lily Rabe To Return In Season 2

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 8:45pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline‘s TV coverage.

UPDATED: Three more American Horror cast members from Season 1, regular Evan Peters and recurring Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, will return for the anthology series’ second season as regulars. They will join Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto, all playing new characters in a new setting at a East Coast institution. AHS co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy made the announcement during the show’s PaleyFest panel, held at the packed Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. “We don’t want to talk about it too much, we’re still writing, anybody could pop up at any time,” he said. He didn’t want to elaborate on the returning actors’ new characters, saying only that “everyone is playing the opposite of what they played before.” As for the second season as a whole, “The only real rule on this show is no werewolves and no vampires,” Murphy quipped. Read More »

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Zachary Quinto To Return To FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ As Male Co-Lead In Season 2

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 11:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Zachary Quinto American Horror Story Season 2EXCLUSIVE: Another key piece of the upcoming second season of FX’s hit drama series American Horror Story has fallen into place. Zachary Quinto, who did a scene-stealing four-episode arc on the first season of the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk drama as the Harmon house’s doomed former co-owner Chad Warwick, will be back as a series regular in Season 2, joining Jessica Lange. Like Lange, he will play a brand new character next season, which is set at an East Coast institution. What’s more, I have learned that Quinto will play one of two male leads and the nemesis to Lange’s character, which will be at the center of the Season 2 storyline. The part is sure to draw parallels to Quinto’s breakout role as uber-villain Syler on Heroes.

While Lange had been expected to return — she confirmed ongoing negotiations at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, where she won for her performance on the show, Quinto’s return had been kept under wraps until now. Quinto and Murphy are friends; that’s how Quinto’s original stint on the show came about. After the critical praise Quinto received for his arc, he was open to coming back. “I had an amazing time and I only did four episodes of the season, so it was just a little bit of an appetizer for me; I would love to work more,” he said in an online interview last month. An anthology series like AHS is perfectly suited for Quinto, who wants to keep a hand in television but, busy as an actor and producer on the feature side, can’t make the 5-6-year commitment required on a regular series.
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PaleyFest 2012 Sets Panel Schedule

By | Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 11:56am PST

The PaleyFest’s annual TV series panels kick off March 2 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills with FX’s American Horror Story. Highlights include a Mad Men session on March 13, just more than a week before the AMC series … Read More »

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FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Hits Series High In Finale

By | Thursday December 22, 2011 @ 2:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Future Of ‘American Horror Story’ Cast Unclear As Series Becomes Anthology

FX’s hit drama series American Horror Story capped its highly-rated first season with its most-watched episode to … Read More »

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Future Of ‘American Horror Story’ Cast Unclear As Series Becomes Anthology

(WARNING: STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS) The status of American Horror Story leads Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and the Golden Globe-nominated Jessica Lange remains in flux in the wake of the FX horror hour’s season one finale last night. But if … Read More »

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‘American Horror Story’ Two-Hour Finale Will Be Trimmed To 90 Minutes

By | Friday November 18, 2011 @ 4:38pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FX’s hot new drama series American Horror Story‘s 13-episode first season will be actually 12.5 episodes. The horror drama’s first season finale on Dec. 21, which had been slated as two-hour, will now be 90-minutes. The trimming of the … Read More »

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News Bits: Carol Burnett To Be Honored, PaleyFest Sets Dates, Kinetic Promotes EP

Nellie Andreeva

Carol Burnett will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Cinematographers Guild’ 49th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2012. Previous recipients of the … Read More »

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FX Renews ‘American Horror Story’ for Second Season

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 10:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Very appropriately for Halloween, FX’s breakout new horror drama American Horror Story today was renewed four episodes into its freshman run. The series, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, has received a 13-episode second-season order. “It’s one thing … Read More »

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Dylan McDermott Goes From ‘American Horror Story’ To A ‘Dog Fight’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan McDermott has carved out time from his starring role in the FX hit series American Horror Story to join the cast of Dog Fight, the Warner Bros comedy that Jay Roach will direct this fall. McDermott will play … Read More »

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Live+7 Update: ‘American Horror Story’ Now FX’s Highest-Rated Series Premiere

By | Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 1:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The adults 18-49 viewership for the premiere of FX’s new drama series American Horror Story jumped 54% in Live+7 vs. Live+Same Day to 3.14 million, surpassing the 3 million viewer tally for The Shield to become FX’s highest-rated series premiere … Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Up, FX’s ‘AHS’ On Track For Top 18-49 Spot In L+3 Ratings

By | Monday October 10, 2011 @ 3:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s Season 4 finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad drew 1.9 million viewers in its original airing. That was up 19% from the series’ third-season finale last year. For … Read More »

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‘American Horror Story’ Off To Solid Start

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 11:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falcuk’s new FX drama series American Horror Story launched with 3.2 million viewers and 2 million adults 18-49 at 10 PM last night. It matched the premiere demo rating of Murphy’s previous FX series, the … Read More »

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