One more American Horror Story standout is set for the FX series’ upcoming third cycle. “So thrilled to announce Lily Rabe is onboard for American Horror Story Season Three!,” co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy wrote on Twitter last night. “So talented, love her!” Four cast members have now been confirmed for AHS 3, which will be a romance set in modern times: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Rabe. All have appeared in both previous seasons.
UPDATED: American Horror Story co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy lifted the veil a bit on the upcoming third installment of the FX horror series. At a screening of the season finale tonight, he confirmed that the storyline in season three will be a romance set in modern times, and that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will join star Jessica Lange on the next cycle. All three appeared both in American Horror: Asylum, whose finale airs next Wednesday, and the original American Horror Story.
FX has picked up a third installment of its horror anthology franchise American Horror Story with a 13-episode order. Production of the untitled new cycle of AHS will begin next summer and premiere in the fall of 2013. FX and AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s are keeping mum on details about the next incarnation but announced that, like was the case with American Horror Story and American Horror Story: Asylum, many of the actors will return in different roles next year, including star Jessica Lange.
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 series:
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American Horror Story: Asylum
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.”
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 Story, which 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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Constance 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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EXCLUSIVE: 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 for a big 10-episode arc opposite star Jessica Lange. Season 2 of AHS is set in an East Coast institution for the criminally insane run by Lange’s character. Cromwell will play the sought-after role of Dr. Arden, who works at the institution and goes head-to-head with his boss, played by Oscar winner Lange. Cromwell is the third big-name addition to AHS for next season along with fellow Oscar nominee Chloe Sevigny and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. They’re joined by French actress Lizzie Brocheré and four other actors from Season 1 who, like Lange, will be playing new characters: Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe. Paradigm-repped Cromwell recently co-starred in the Oscar-winning feature The Artist.
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 for both the Drama Series and Miniseries categories, the network has opted to enter it as a mini. That will obviously increase the show’s chances for trophies as the drama series field will be crowded this season with the addition of Downton Abbey, which won the best movie/miniseries Emmy last year and has now moved to the best drama series category, and the return of Breaking Bad in Emmy contention. Of course, AHS co-star Jessica Lange, who already won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award in the drama series categories, is a frontrunner for an Emmy regardless of the field she is submitted in. Because of its anthology format, meaning new storylines, characters and cast each season, a season of AHS could be perceived as a miniseries/limited series.
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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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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.
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 returns for the start of its long-in-the-works Season 5. Here’s the full schedule:
March 2: American Horror Story
March 3: Community
March 4: Once Upon A Time
March 5: New Girl
March 6: The Office
March 7: Sons Of Anarchy
March 9: Castle
March 10: The Vampire Diaries
March 11: Revenge
March 12: Two And A Half Men
March 13: Mad Men
March 14: Modern Family
FX’s hit drama series American Horror Story capped its highly-rated first season with its most-watched episode to date. The first season finale drew 3.22 million total viewers. In adults 18-49, the closer averaged 2.19 million viewers. Also today, series co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy officially announced that AHS will be a seasonal anthology series, with every future season featuring a new story, new setting, new theme, and new cast members, while some actors from the previous season could return to the series playing entirely new characters.
With nine weeks of Live+7 data, AHS is averaging 4.4 million viewers, 3.3 million Adults 18-49 and 2.0 million Adults 18-34 on a first-run basis. It is currently tied with TNT’s Falling Skies as the top-rated new cable series in Adults 18-49 (3.3 million), but likely to become the sole No.1 when Live+7 data is available for the full season. AHS by far is the highest-rated first season of any FX series, topping Justified by 29% in Total Viewers, and Murphy’s previous FX hit Nip/Tuck by 50% in Adults 18-49. The series debut of AHS ranks as the No.1 series premiere ever for FX in Adults 18-49 (3.14 million) and Adults 18-34 (1.77 million). On a weekly basis, including linear viewing, video-on-demand and online viewing, AHS is averaging …
(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 Britton, McDermott, Lange or supporting player Frances Conroy return to the show for a second campaign, it will be as entirely different characters in a brand new storyline featuring a fully (or at least mostly) new cast. Co-creator and exec producer Ryan Murphy and FX president and GM John Landgraf laid out for reporters during a conference call this morning that Horror Story was packaged from the start as a seasonal anthology. “The (haunted) house is done,” Murphy stressed. “Every season of the show will be a different haunting. That’s always been the plan. Every season of the show will have a beginning, middle and end, and all new characters and setting.” But that doesn’t mean that this year’s performers won’t be back. It’s just that McDermott and Britton won’t be starring as Ben and Vivien Harmon, respectively, nor Lange as creepy neighbor Constance Langdon. It would have been tough to pull that off, anyway, since the Harmons all were dead by the time the season drew to a close.
“We’re still negotiating with a handful (of the cast members) about returning,” Murphy said. “We’re also meeting with new actors whom we’ve targeted roles for. I will say that Connie and Dylan will …
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 finale is a result of American Horror Story’s very aggressive production schedule which left no breathing room. The project was picked up to pilot in late February. Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk couldn’t work on the pilot until they wrapped the second season of Glee, so it didn’t start shooting until late May. In a quick turnaround, FX picked up the pilot to series on July 18, and it was rushed to production 2 weeks later to make the Oct. 5 premiere date. With the first episode after the pilot doing some reshoots and some of the episodes requiring 8-day shoots vs. the standard 7 because of complex scenes, production on the series is now at a point where Episode 13 would wrap on Dec. 15, leaving no time for post-production to make the Dec. 21 air date. And because of the holidays, it didn’t make sense to push that last episode to Dec. 28 or the new year. Murphy had been discussing the issue with FX president John Landgraf for the past few weeks. There was an option for the series to drop the 13th episode altogether and air an hourlong finale, but I hear Murphy was able …
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 award include George Burns, Lew Wasserman, Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, Robert Zemeckis and last year’s honoree Sylvester Stallone.
The Paley Center’s 29th annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival, will take place from March 2-14 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. FX’s new drama American Horror Story will serve as the gala opening, Modern Family will close out the festival, with Mad Men also on tap for a session.
Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, producer of the upcoming game/reality shows You Deserve It on ABC and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, has promoted Emma Conway to Executive Producer in charge of Development. Additionally, Zach Green (American Chopper, Survivor) is joining the company as Executive Producer.
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 to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience — it’s something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up,” said FX president John Landgraf. “Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/Tuck, Glee and now American Horror Story, which will be scaring FX’s viewers to death for many years to come.”
The series premiere of 20th TV-produced AHS delivered 3.14 million adults 18-49 and 1.77 million adults 18-34 in Live+7 to rank as FX’s highest-rated series debut in those demos. On a Live+7 basis through two weeks, first-run episodes of AHS are averaging 4.2 million total viewers, 2.9 million adults 18-49, and 1.7 million adults 18-34. On a Live+3 basis, last week’s fourth episode was the highest-rated episode to date in adults 18-49 (3.1 million) and adults 18-34 (1.85 million). AHS, whose first season ends on December 21, is currently tracking to become the highest-rated first season of any series ever on FX.