October 18, 2012 11:07am EST
The American Horror Story goal is very clear: Each season will feature a completely different time and setting in hopes of evoking feelings of true panic and terror from its viewers—it’s working. Last night’s premiere of AHS: Asylum highlighted an array of fears that keep many Americans up at night: Aliens, mass-murders, vicious creatures lurking in the woods, operations without anesthesia, and limbless Adam Levine. (How will he push the button?!)
If you’re anything like us, then you were probably watching the majority of the episode from the tiny cracks between your fingers as you attempted to shield your eyes from the horrors on screen. Luckily for all you scaredy-cats out there, Hollywood.com caught up with the stars of the asylum at the American Horror Story premiere this past weekend to get all the terrifying details you have missed, plus what to expect as the season progresses.
Premiere Explanations: Welcome to Briarcliff Manor, a former tuberculosis ward turned sanitarium that boasts more than 46,000 deaths. In the twisted new drama, Joseph Fiennes encompasses the role of Monsignor Timothy Howard, the head of a nun-run institution in New England. The English actor explains that like season one’s haunted house, Briarcliff is a character in itself. “It’s very evocative. It’s stark. You’re thrown into a world where there’s a very bleak point of view on mental illness and it’s terrifying.” Fiennes revealed.
“In today's world, when you look back you think that now we’re much more forgiving on mental illness, but in that day and age it was less so. So incarceration was pretty much the answer along with some pretty dire, torturous treatments along with that.” He explained. Whether being forced to repent for their sins or having their problems sliced out of them, the patients at Briarcliff manor could not be further away from today’s cushy rehab facilities. Fiennes says that his character is hoping to bring a sense of balance to the asylum. “He has brought in Sister Jude played by Jessica Lange to run the institute alongside Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) who is a wonderful doctor. So both from a medical and spiritual point of view he’s running it and heading up this institute.” Referring to Dr. Arden as a “wonderful" anything seems to be a bit of a stretch. So far we know that the crazed scalpel-loving doctor has been operating on patients who have no family ties. Although it’s yet to be spelled out in black and white, it’s safe to assume that the doctor is using the flesh of the deceased mentally ill to feed some unknown creatures in the woods. These ravenous animals will soon be known as “raspers” and rest assured AHS fans, we will be seeing their hideous shapes soon enough.
Together Sister Jude, Dr. Arden, and Monsignor Howard are somewhat begrudgingly teaming up to “cure” the patients of Briarcliff from all their illnesses whether that be nymphomania, the desire to skin women alive, or loving someone of the same sex. Fiennes warns, “I think really this show is a meditation on madness and insanity and we’ll see that those inside are maybe not as crazy as those who are running it.”
Looking Ahead: Next week’s episode will introduce us to Dr. Oliver Thredson played by returning fan-favorite Zachary Quinto. In contrast to last year’s character, (a Halloween-obsessed and aspiring gay dad) Quinto will now play a psychiatrist who possesses logic, reason and, most importantly, compassion—something that the patients of Briarcliff are in desperate need of. The psychiatrist will be coming in to help determine the sanity of Kit (Evan Peters) but once he witnesses some of the less-than lovely and unorthodox treatments he is beyond concerned with the well-being of the asylum inhabitants.
Further into the season, Breaking Bad fans will hear that faint “ding” of recollection when they see a familiar face lurking in the corners of the asylum. Mark Margolis is thrilled to have been a part of the two “groundbreaking” cable hits (“They’re both beautifully written.”) but the actor says that his time on Breaking Bad did not help prepare him for his role on AHS. “I had to speak on this! I’m usually just ringing a bell, but they actually wanted me to say words,” he shrugged with a smile. “And the character that I’m playing on this is a million miles away from the character that I played on Breaking Bad.” There is very little known about Margolis’ character other than his name: Sam Goodwin. “He’s my age and looks a lot like me.” The former Tio Salamanca teases, “I can‘t tell you a whole lot about him. Somebody back there said my character is a hunter, which is a kind of general and vague idea of him, but I said, 'Okay, it’s hunting season.'”
Compare and Contrast: As someone who has first hand experiences with both the Harmon house and Briarcliff, Quinto is definitely an authority on which season is going to be more terrifying. Without hesitation the actor reveals that AHS: Asylum will take the tormented cake. He said, “It’s going to be scarier. It’s more brutal and uncompromising and relentless.” When describing the upcoming season in three words, Quinto was very meticulous with his choices. The actor summarizes, “Daring, bold and just truly scary.” Echoing Quinto’s thoughts, Lily Rabe—another season one alum—believes Asylum has more of a mental edge to it. The 1920s socialite turned wide-eyed nun explains, “They’re both terrifying in different ways. This season, it’s really more psychologically disturbing. It still makes you jump and has that kind of scary too, but it will also keep you up at night and give you bad dreams.”
And although Fiennes did not star in the first season, the TV-entitled Monsignor followed the show religiously. “I think in a very subtle way we’re dealing with an anthology and I think there is a meditation within each season of the show that breathes under the umbrella of American horror. The first being the break up and disintegration of a marriage, infidelity as well as the haunted house. Whereas I think that this is a meditation on madness.” Fiennes continues, “I think they’re very different. Since [this season] is dealing with an institution, I find that more scary because we could all end up there… It’s creepy, it’s very very creepy.”
What did you think of last night’s premiere? Intrigued for what’s to come on American Horror Story: Asylum? Scream your thoughts in the comments below!
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Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we're checking out the return of American Horror Story now that it has buried the gimp in the leather suit and moved into an insane asylum. Are you quaking in your boots?
Series: American Horror Story
What Comes After the Colon?: Asylum
Premiere Date: Wednesday, October 17, at 10 PM on FX
Log Line: New story, new cast, new location, new ghosts, new bad accent for Jessica Lange, same old scariness.
Murder's In the House: This time around, instead of the California "Murder House" with all its deceased residents, the show is investigating Briarcliff, a former tuberculosis ward that became a mental institution in the 1960s that sounds like it's the name of a secretarial school. In modern America it is an abandoned, graffiti-covered relic much like an empty warehouse or Detroit.
Who Is Back: Jessica Lange, of course, this time playing a patrician New England nun named Sister Jude who has a bad attitude and lust in her heart. Sarah Paulson, who played a psychic last season, has an expanded role as Lana, a reporter who wants to expose what is going on at Briarcliff. Evan Peters, who was the man in the rubber suit is now Kit Walker a man who may or may not have murdered his wife. Zachary Quinto, one of the dead bickering gay lovers, is now a psychiatrist on staff at the hospital. Oh, and Ryan Murphy says that Dylan McDermott will be back in some capacity this year. As long as we get to see Dylan McDermott's back side, then everything is fine.
Who Is New: Shakespeare in Love star Joseph Fiennes is Sister Jude's scratch post as the cleric who runs the asylum, Babe lover James Cromwell is this year's creepy doctor who lurks in the basement, Argo escapee Clea DuVall is Lana's lesbian lover, Big Love sisterwife and hipster queen Chloe Sevigny plays a nymphomaniac, Lily Rabe as a stupid nun. Oh, and let's not forget Jenna Dewan (aka Mrs. Channing Tatum) and The Voice chair spinner Adam Levine as a pair of lovers visiting the asylum.
The Serial Killer: This year the big baddie is "Bloody Face," a creepy serial killer who skinned his victims and wears a corpse's bloody face as a mask.
Things in This Season that Ryan Murphy Is Obsessed With: Redheads, gay people, people with developmental disabilities, mean old blonde ladies, uniforms, bondage, S/M.
Worst Dirty Talk: "Do you want to do it in the death chute?" "Ready for an injection?" "Do it again and I'll blow you." "You can totally put it in my ass right now." "You can shave me bald as a cucumber and I'll still be the hottest tamale in this joint."
References to Women Receiving Anal Sex: Two.
Butt Shots: Two.
Sexual Encounters: Four.
Crazy Head Contraptions Like in Clockwork Orange: Two.
Worst Time Travel Joke: "30 cents a gallon? Just because you're out here in the sticks doesn't mean you can gouge people."
Creepiest Place Always: The woods. Nothing good ever happens in the woods in horror movies. It's not like that's where the teddy bears are having their picnic. People are always dying in them there woods.
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Remember last week when I mentioned that a lot of Homeland’s thematic material delves into the issue of trust? Welp, this week, on everyone’s favorite cable series about a lunatic ex-CIA agent and a secret quasi-terrorist, trusted the audience not to majorly lose their s**t and trust this show. The episodes opens with our final little segment in Beirut, as Saul is ready to jet back to the United States with his beautiful video discovery. When Saul is stopped by the military while passing through security (I hope many of you saw, or are planning to see, Argo if we’re going to talk about airport security), and the video file is confiscated with a “never come back to Lebanon” warning, I was about to throw my television out the window – was this show really going to delve into cougar trap theatrics à la 24 to keep Brody’s secret alive? Alas, I did not have faith. I did not trust Saul and the extra copy of the video file he hid in his carry-on. God is good.
Back in DC, Carrie is jamming to some jazz music at 3:20am and writing her report on the Lebanese mission. I mean, CARRIE, this is not college! You are not allowed to stay up till 3:20am on your laptop! Papa Mathison and I are in the same school of thought, and I think I just realized this week James Cromwell and Carrie’s father are not the same person at all (especially as Mr. Cromwell will soon be seen killing baby pigs and eating brains or something as weird as possible in the new season of American Horror Story). That’ll do, pig. Don’t say “here piggy pig pig” into your bathroom mirror. Okay, I’m done with pigs. Carrie hands over her finished 18-page report the next morning, and she’s informed that she’ll get a call about the exact details regarding the 6pm debriefing. Carrie needs to take a step back paired with 927 deep breaths.
Meanwhile, at the Brody house, Brody is organizing his notes for the big fundraiser speech and Jessica is reminding me that I’m not really on her side this season at all; that whole explosive anti-Muslim tirade in the garage was a lot frightening. Also, why does Jessica always call her own husband Brody? That’s just weird. Regardless, the two finally decide to do the dirty after months of Brody feeling emotionally unable to engage in skin-on-skin with his wife. However, Dana enters the house and Brody sends the next five minutes awkwardly hiding his… well, yes, his you know. This entire scene was so bizarrely funny and crazy uncomfortable, which is always very nice on a show that usually hits so hard all the time. Also, Dana is the anti-Jessica and that pleases me to no end.
As Mission Brody Boner Hiding winds down, Roya gives Brody a call, claiming that the CIA is closing in on The Tailor, more affectionately known as the bomb dude from Gettysburg. The Gettysburg episode (it included Carrie’s giant colored timeline, titled “The Vest”) was my favorite from the first season, and I kind of wish I could go back and redo my eighth grade fieldtrip to Gettysburg with the knowledge I now carry from Homeland — this show is based on true events, right? Roya alerts Brody that he needs to move The Tailor because The Tailor knows/trusts Brody. Brody needs to make it back to DC for the whole fundraiser thing or Jessica will gun down every human being on the planet. Yikes. In Gettysburg, Brody wears a really inconspicuous bright red hat and grabs The Tailor. They must run, as Brody is suspicious of being followed. They escape alleged followers. Double yikes.
I feel like we (the royal audience we, obviously) should have been clued in on the information that the CIA was ready to nab The Tailor, but maybe I am just expecting to know a smidge more than Brody. Like, can we trust Roya? What’s her deal? Her accent is suspicious, and I feel like she is more of an enemy to the country than Brody himself. Am I making sense here? I really hope so. Regardless, after escaping or “escaping,” Brody pops a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. Literally, there is nothing around except swampy woods. Jessica calls during this whole ordeal, reminding us all about Brody’s speech at the fundraiser, and Brody just has to spin a more intricate web of lies to his wife. Brody makes a jack out of random logs (the jack is missing from the car’s trunk, naturally), proving that he is Davy Crockett. The Tailor, who tells us that his real name is Bassel or Bashal or Marshall or Bashful or Whatever, attempts to maybe run over Brody’s head or maybe bash Brody over the head with a rock, proving that he is human. Murder tension!
Carrie is doing a horrendous job teaching her ESL class, as she’s distracted over never hearing back from the CIA about the 6pm meeting. Maybe the last thing you should do ever is tell a mentally unstable woman that you will call to confirm a meeting and then never actually make said call? I feel like you should never even do that a sane person, but this is a new level of not good. Carrie decides the smartest thing to do is just show up at Langley and hang out in David’s waiting room. Again, we get an excruciating scene of Carrie sitting down, waiting around, just… waiting. Carrie announces she’s “going to the bathroom,” which obviously means she is going to sneak around her old office without an escort. These CIA people sure are dumb! Carrie wanders her way into the middle of the debriefing room, and realizes what’s happened – she’s been shut out of her own mission. David pulls Carrie into the hallways, and executes some hollow real talk – “You didn’t come here today expecting to be reinstated did you, Carrie?” Nope. Instead, Carrie chokes out a few sobs in the elevator ride back to her car. While I do think Carrie needs a bigger break from the world that destroyed her, I think it is really not smart to lie to Carrie and then not let her present her own mission. One final mission, one final goodbye. C’mon, CIA bigwigs.
Back in BrodyWorld, Brody leaves Bassel/The Tailor unattended at a gas station, and Bassel naturally runs for his life — finally, someone on this show that understands the ramifications of his actions and therefore where his life is headed. Running away from a Marine into a swampy forest might not be the brightest idea, but at least Bassel understood that he needed to make some sort of attempt at a bolt. Brody chases after the man, and it comes startlingly clear that this entire thing will end in disaster. Once Brody tackles Bassel down, Brody makes the man fall on a knife or something else incredibly sharp that grows in swampy forests– blood comes gushing from Bassel’s abdomen. Oopsie. Bassel is doomed. It is so weird what Homeland will make me feel for characters that constructed terrorist attack bombs on American soil. As Brody tries to deal with the blood, and keep Bassel alive, Jessica calls. Again. Jessica is freaking out, as the fundraiser begins in roughly three minutes and Brody is way off grid. Bassel is making a lot of noise and struggling a lot, so Brody snaps his neck. Just like that. Goodbye, Bassel. Jessica is still confused and still super pissed. Brody is very deep in this whole s**tshow.
We get to the biggest scene of this week’s episode – Carrie returning home from the CIA emodisaster. Carrie returns to her actual home, deciding that she needs to get out of her father’s home and move on with her life. Carrie is so desperately upset that she can’t even keep her voice level. Carrie arrives home… to more empty time. Time on time on time on time for our poor, lost Carrie. These scenes are terribly excruciating, especially after we’ve spent so much time with Carrie racing around the globe. This episode is the perfect follow-up to last week’s zany Beirut adrenaline rush, because we’re also experiencing the crash. Carrie decides to get all glammed up, a hot dress with heels and heavy make-up. Is our girl going clubbing? What the what? Carrie looks like a scary overdone plastic version of herself, far different from the brilliant woman we know. And then, the moment these three episode have been pointing towards. Carrie downs all of her pills with a giant glass of wine (the first season of Nip/Tuck taught me that you’re supposed to drink milk with your overdose, but Carrie plays by her own dangerous rules), and stumbles up to her bed. She closes her eyes, her breathing deep and slow. The camera holds on her still body, for far too long.
Carrie’s eyes finally slam open, and she runs to the bathroom, forcing her hand down her throat. Carrie holding her own hair, vomming into her own toilet, is one of the most pitiful things I’ve ever seen on television. The strong, confident Carrie Mathison from the beginning of Homeland’s first season reduced to… this. The woman needs serious help, and the show handled the entire sequence with such brilliant pacing and explosive emotion. As you may have guessed, I’m still crying. Obviously. I mean, there’s no way Homeland would kill Carrie like this — she’s the heart and soul of this show. But shot in such a convincing manner, my heart was exploding.
While Carrie is hitting her lowest of lows, Brody is in the middle of a swamp in the pouring rain trying to hide Bassel’s body and deal with Jessica’s cellphone anger. That’s basically enough to kill a man slash make his brain implode. Brody hoses himself down in the middle of a car wash while he finally nears civilization, and Jessica is left to give her own rousingly emotional impromptu speech at the fundraiser; Jessica proposes funding a halfway house of sorts for military families hoping to start fresh after returning home, and shows that her beautiful face/ugly hairdo combo might make her perfect for her own little political entanglements. Jessica works the room, and this certainly isn’t the end of her standing behind a podium — the beauty of power! After the shindig, Jessica gets a ride home from Mike, and we can all remember that they liked to have sex together and pretending to make family while Brody was “dead.” Jessica freaks out over Brody’s lies and his weird absence from the fundraise; Jessica thinks Brody is with Carrie, as “he was f**king that bitch for a full weekend.” Wow. Jessica has a lot of feelings she’s hiding behind that calm smile. Mike decides he wants to come in with Jessica and have a nightcap… until Brody appears. Brody comments that his wife is “quite the hostess.” Hot damn! As Mike storms off, Jessica confronts her husband – “You’re hiding something. I can see it in your eyes.” Jessica questions the stability of their marriage. Dana and Brody share a look. I had to include all of these quotes because the Homeland writing staff is really killing it when it comes to the zingers Brody and Jessica exchange when things get heated. Whew.
Carrie is still recovering when there’s a frantic knock on the door; before opening up to her surprise late night guest, she throws on a robe and hides the evidence that she, you know, wanted to die. Naturally, Saul is at the door. And Saul wants to show Carrie a video before bringing his work from Beirut to the office. We watch Carrie’s face as Brody speaks to her through his top-secret speech. The look on Carrie’s face is priceless, and perfect – “I was right.” It looks like Brody wasn’t able to deliver the speech he had planned for a room packed of respectful veterans, but he certainly had a knockout set of words to deliver to Carrie and Saul. Obviously, the question again comes to what Saul, and now Carrie, will do with the video and this truly electrifying information — will David believe the evidence? Will the CIA keep the information secret and play Brody for all he’s worth? What does this mean for Carrie’s career? What does this mean for Carrie’s brain? Was Carrie’s close call with death one of the most harrowingly filmed suicide sequences on television? Will aliens blow up the White House? The last 20 minutes of this episode demonstrated the kind of power Homeland executes so well. I’m seeing Fiona Apple in concert on Tuesday night, so I don’t even have to wait a full week for more crazy eyeballs! Please follow your doctor’s orders when taking your bipolar meds. Stay safe. She was right.
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After revealing a set of short, mysterious, and creepy teases, American Horror Story: Asylum creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have finally unveiled a full trailer containing scenes and clips from the upcoming season, which will feature entirely new overarching themes – lust, fear, insanity, and religion – and a new setting in Briarcliff, a former East Coast tuberculosis ward that was changed into an asylum for the criminally insane in the 1960s.
Season 2 will feature many new as well as familiar faces – some Season 1 veterans are returning for another round, however as different characters entirely. Emmy winner Jessica Lange is back, this time as Sister Jude, a nun running the asylum. Sister Jude isn’t all prayers and faith, though… she seems to enjoy torturing (more Season 1 vets) Evan Peters' Kit, and Lily Rabe's fellow nun Sister Eunice. Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet will make a return to the series as well, but instead of playing a victim like he did in Season 1 (heeeeere piggy-pig-pig), he will portray a killer. Other returning players include Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto.
Some new faces that will be serving up scares, chills, and all around creepiness are Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Chloe Sevigny, James Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes.
Watch the new trailer below, and hit the comments to tell us what you think. Are you prepared to be scared? Or are you going to be like me, watching the premiere through the cracks between your fingers? The new season premieres Oct. 17 on FX.
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TV bosses at America's Lifetime network are bringing the model/actress' story to the small screen in a biopic and a number of famous faces are in contention for the lead role.
Mad Men star Hendricks and McCarthy are said to be the frontrunners to play Smith, who died at the age of 39 in 2007 after a drug overdose.
A source tells Britain's Sunday Express newspaper, "They are neck and neck. The producers love them both and it could come down to a final audition to determine who will get one of the most sought-after parts in Hollywood right now. Both women really wowed the producers, who were especially bowled over by how strikingly similar Christina with a blonde wig looked to Anna Nicole."
The Artist actor James Cromwell is rumoured to be signing up to play Smith's wealthy older husband, Texan billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who died at the age of 90 just 14 months after their marriage.
Smith's life story was previously told in an opera which ran at London's famous Royal Opera House last year (11).
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Casting TIdbits: Looks like June from ABC’s Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 (Dreama Walker) has some competition — and no, it's not her roommate Chloe (Krysten Ritter). Angelique Cabral has nabbed the recurring role of Fox Paris, a junior analyst who works with June at her new firm. Meanwhile, Steven Culp will go to Grey's Anatomy, Maureen Sebastian heads to NBC's Revolution, Wendy Crewson will stir the pot on Revenge, and Tara Summers will work with a fictional Tara (Maggie Siff) on Sons of Anarchy. [Deadline]
Happy Endings: Looks like this year might be the actual year of Penny (Casey Wilson). The perennial singleton is about to gain a long-term (at least six episodes) beau. Nick Zano, who recently starred in 2 Broke Girls, will play Pete — the brave man willing to take on the challenge. [THR]
American Horror Story: Finally, AHS has given us something to scream about. After several 15-second bits of creepy nuns and old bathtubs, FX released a trailer that shows the new cast (including Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, Joseph Fiennes, and James Cromwell) and the old (Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, and Sarah Paulson) in costume, as a creepy take on "Que Sera Sera" plays in the background. Can it be October 5 now? [TVLine]
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July 31, 2012 8:18am EST
Ryan Murphy must have been feeling a little left out of the Twitterverse, because he finally succumbed to the pressure and created an account. On Monday, @MrRPMurphy was born. And, less than 24 hours (and 56,000 followers) later, the Glee and American Horror Story creator immediately began tweeting photos — of Lea Michelle and Kate Hudson on the set of Glee, as well as Adam Levine and a mysterious co-star filming new scenes for American Horror Story's second season.
On AHS, Levine is slated to play one half of the couple known as 'The Lovers' (opposite Jenna Dewan), but this is the first we have seen of him on set. In Murphy's photo, we also get a look at what Murphy calls "Bloody Face." It's not an especially creative name, but it is certainly descriptive. Murphy teases the face as one of the show's "stars," which may mean that the image will be a recurring theme in the new season, set in a 1960s insane asylum.
AHS exclusive: Two of our stars who started shooting today - - the multi-talented @adamlevine and Bloody Face!— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 30, 2012
Levine is just one of the many big name stars attached to the next installment of AHS. Other cast members include Jessica Lange (who will return to play the nun who runs the asylum), Chloe Sevigny, Joseph Fiennes, Mark Consuelos, James Cromwell, Franka Potente and more.
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July 26, 2012 4:13pm EST
Ryan Murphy's uber-mysterious miniseries-slash-horror-show, American Horror Story has its dancing shoes on with their most recent casting of Adam Levine's better half. And who better than Channing Tatum's wife, Jenna Dewan to get in on the freak(y) show? Dewan joins Levine and a truly stellar cast list that includes Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Chloë Sevigny and Lizzie Brochere, to bring the show to life (in death?) in its entirely new second season.
We wonder if there will be any musical numbers taking place at the East Coast "horror institution" where the show is set this time around, since Levine and Dewan are known for their happy feet. The art of the dance is strong with this one: Dewan started her career as a noted dancer. Even before her Step Up days, Dewan had a very impressive career as a back-up dancer for Justin Timberlake and a bevy of other musical acts. And (of course) who could forget Levine's declaration of his moves being like that of Jagger's? Give us a musical episode or give us death, Murphy! Although if you turn it into another Glee-ful after-school special, we might be less than accepting.
What do you think of the casting choice? Do you think Dewan can convince Tatum to make an appearance (we think a dead and/or crazy stripper is exactly the character choice to boost this show up to perfection)? Sound off in the comments!
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July 17, 2012 5:22pm EST
No one knows crazy better than a soap star. Former All My Children actor Mark Consuelos — who is married to Live! host Kelly Ripa — has been cast to play Spivey, a criminally insane person in the upcoming season of FX's American Horror Story.
Unlike the first season — which took place in a haunted mansion — season two will center around characters living in an insane asylum in the 1960s. Consuelos's co-stars include Jessica Lange, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Lizzie Brochere.
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Oscar/Emmy nominee James Cromwell has joined the ever growing and somewhat odd list of actors slated for roles on American Horror Story's second season on FX.
The veteran actor — Oscar-nominated for the movie Babe; Emmy-nominated for HBO's Six Feet Under, alongside AHS Season 1 star Frances Conroy — will play Dr. Arden, whose boss at a mental hospital is played by returning actress Jessica Lange. Let's just say that their relationship is not going to be friendly.
The Cromwell casting is another in a long line of bits and pieces of information that are helping to give — or tease — an idea of what to expect when next season finally premieres on FX in October.
What else have we learned? Aside from a flurry of big-name hirings (including Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Chloe Sevigny) and relative unknowns being cast in big roles (including French actress Lizzie Brochere), co-creator Ryan Murphy famously and controversially revealed that AHS would henceforth be an anthology series with a new "haunting" every season. There will be no real continuity and, for the most part, a revolving door of cast members (and those who return will do so as different characters).
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