It’s that exciting time again! The teaser trailers have started trickling out for American Horror Story: Freak Show. Check out the first one, titled Fallen Angel. I wonder if this gives us any clues as to what to expect from the upcoming season?
UPDATE! The trailer, although amazing, was actually only fan made, and not official!
06/26 // Michael Chiklis’ character revealed
Information surrounding American Horror Story: Freakshow is slowly dripping through to us, and it has been revealed that Michael Chiklis will play a strongman.
Ryan Murphy said:
He has scenes with Angela and Jessica Lange and [onscreen ex] Kathy Bates. I love the part because it’s really written to be quite vulnerable, which is something I think Michael does so well – the strong man who’s vulnerable. I’m very excited to see [him] tussle with all those great ladies. And he’s really up for it, really excited about it.
It’s been a long time coming since the announcement of the subject of American Horror Story.
And now, Sarah Paulson has announced she will be playing a set of conjoined twins – Bette and Dot!
She tweeted the following photograph:
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) June 12, 2014
Things just got very interesting! What sort of other characters do you expect from the fourth season? Maybe a return of a Pepper-like character?!
03/30 // Coven at PaleyFest
Most of the cast of Coven attended the closing night of PaleyFest.
They spilled some details on the new season of American Horror Story – Freak Show, here’s what Entertainment Weekly had to say.
The cast that plays together, stays together.
That seems to be the case with American Horror Story: Coven, the third season in Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series on FX and the subject of a panel during the final night of this year’s PaleyFest. Though we won’t get another season of Coven witches, Murphy unveiled new details about the freaky next season, while the cast — including Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett — revealed how they got caught up in the revelry of New Orleans while filming there. Here’s what we learned from the panel, which provided further proof that the Coven fans are some of the most loyal around.
New to the Horror Story
Murphy’s rotating troupe of actors boasts quite an impressive resume, but he didn’t have to work too hard to gather such talent. ”I’ve been a fan of the show since the first episode,” said Coven star Emma Roberts. Other newcomers this season, such as Gabourey Sidibe and Bassett, were also fans of Murphy before they were asked to join the show. Sidibe admitted that she was excited when she got the job, though she “didn’t know what I was getting into.” Bassett saw the show as an amazing opportunity to work with great actors in creative ways. “Reading the script, you’re excited about what you’re going to be doing, but you get jazzed about what others are doing when you’re not in the scene with them. It’s like three shows in one to me,” she said.
“The great, fun thing about the show, it’s always the opposite of the year before for me,” Murphy said when asked about the different look of the series each season. So after the dark and grim Asylum, why witches? “The idea of this year was that we wanted it to be more modern and contemporary and glamorous,” he said.
Series co-creator Brad Falchuck further explained: ”Each season is about something behind the genre. This season, the idea became about women and mothers and daughters.”
And when it comes to ladies on the small screen, AHS has put together “the most amazing group of women that has been on TV” — at least according to Murphy. But the show is still created by men, and there are two in the cast: Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare. And what about the fact that both of their characters can’t speak? “It’s a coincidence at the end of the day,” admitted Murphy. “The boys did an amazing job and they were very, very good. It’s hard to make guy characters pop in a sea of so many iconic female actors.”
So what was it like acting without words? Pretty easy if you ask O’Hare. “Half of acting is not speaking,” he said. “The hardest thing to do is reaction shots. Not speaking is one of the great ways of communicating. I loved it and had the best time.”
Party all the time
The panel served as a reunion in many ways for the cast, and they were eager to share stories about their time working together on location in New Orleans. And most of those stories, it turns out, involved being more than a little tipsy. “We were drunk a lot!” joked Paulson.
A highlight: Sidibe told the story of she and Paulson wandering the streets in search of a mystery bar the writers had told the cast to visit. Paulson was glitter-bombed, which led to a brawl of sorts.
The cast quickly learned the city by living in different neighborhoods and visiting each other around town. Bassett said New Orleans food is divine, but can’t be outdone by the cocktails. Bates said she had a great view of the pool at the hotel next to hers and really enjoyed the “Southern decadence” of the men in Speedos she saw (she took pictures and sent them to her friends back in New York). The cast also had some fun at the expense of Jessica Lange — she missed the panel to spend spring break with her grandchildren — claiming their co-star was a kleptomaniac with a drinking problem!
The best fans in town
Each panel at PaleyFest features an audience Q&A at the end, but this one got pretty interactive. Paulson appeared to be the fan favorite in the room. She was blatantly hit on by one female audience member (“Sarah, call me”) and was given letters written by two young fans, who were just as excited to see their faces on the Dolby big screen as to meet Paulson herself.
But it was a group of fans from Mexico who stole the show. Wearing homemade “On Wednesday We Wear Black” T-shirts, one overwhelmed male fan could not contain his excitement about that one time Paulson replied to his tweet – by calling him nuts. Well, he clearly took that as a compliment, and created a shirt with the tweet silkscreened on the front. Paulson signed the shirt, which will surely never be washed again.
Get your Freak on
After months of speculation, Murphy confirmed that the next season of American Horror Story would be titled Freak Show. In a PaleyFest tradition, he also revealed details about what fans can expect. The show will once again shoot in New Orleans, though it will be set in 1950 in Jupiter, Fla. As EW previously reported, Freak Show will find Lange as a German ex-pat managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.
Murphy also confirmed that everyone who was on the panel would be involved in the new season in some way. That added Sidibe, Roberts, O’Hare, and Jamie Brewer to the already confirmed Paulson, Peters, Bates, Bassett, and Frances Conroy. But the big news of the night was the announcement of Michael Chiklis joining the cast as Peters’ father and Bates’ ex-husband. Chiklis said he signed on for the show because he was terrified of it and, as an actor, felt like that was an exciting thing to do. Murphy also revealed that some actors from the first two seasons of AHS will also return, noting that their participation is just a matter of scheduling at this point.
That’s great news – I thought the Coven cast was great, and I’m so happy Emma Roberts and Jamie Brewer are returning!
Who do you think will be returning from the previous seasons? Maybe Connie Britton or Dylan McDermott? A lot of fans want Zachary Quinto to return, and it would be fitting if we saw the return of a character like Pepper.
Let me know what you think of the upcoming season in the comments.
03/24 // Who’s returning for Freak Show?
Today it was revealed that season four of American Horror Story will be called Freak Show.
Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have an idea of the plot and who’s coming back!
Fans have been hoping that the new season of American Horror Story would be set at a carnival, and they’re not soooo far off. Co-creator Ryan Murphy announced via his Twitter account that season 4 will be called Freak Show. But what does that mean exactly? EW has uncovered exclusive new details about the secretive season.
Set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950, Freak Show finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S. Her group of “unusuals”? Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued; Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return. Freak Show’s 13 episodes will track this group as they do anything to keep their business around.
Who are you most excited to see back? Are you sad any of the other cast regulars won’t be returning?
I, personally, really hope Emma Roberts is back – I love her!
03/24 // Season four sub-title revealed
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!
After a lot of speculation that the fourth season of American Horror Story would be based around a circus or carnival, it was confirmed last week by show production.
Now, Ryan Murphy himself has revealed the sub-title in a tweet.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON FOUR: pic.twitter.com/6OHYzGjPMd
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2014
Check it out! American Horror Story: Freak Show.
I cannot wait for this. I hope it’s as good as it sounds like it will be!
PS. I know I’ve been kind of absent since the third series finished, but I will be working to complete the gallery and missing information soon!
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02/16 // Look back at Murder House on EW
Thanks to Jennifer over at Tholaire, I have been able to add scans of Entertainment Weekly, all the way back from October 2011, to the gallery.
The article is to promote the first season, Murder House. Make sure to read it and, hey, why not rewatch the entire seasons whilst we wait for season 4!?
– Magazine Scans – 10-28-2011 – Entertainment Weekly
Check out these stills and trailer for the final episode, The Seven Wonders.
I can’t wait to see who the new Supreme is!
The time comes for the girls to face the test of the Seven Wonders. The night before, Myrtle serves them one last meal together as equals. It’s time to find the new Supreme, a witch who Cordelia hopes “can lead the way out of an era of strife and chaos, towards repair and rejuvenation.” With the Witch Hunters gone, perhaps they’ll even be able to live in the open. As morning dawns, Madison is feeling vulnerable yet full of steely determination, Queenie struggles to believe she could be the one, Misty is terrified, and a sober Zoe puts on dark lipstick like it’s war paint. The trials begin, and Madison aims snarky barbs at Zoe – followed by more violent intent as the trials go on – while Misty is surprised to find herself giddy at her own successes. But tragedy strikes as the trials go very wrong. Later, as the new Supreme finally rises, she finds herself having to begin her reign by performing a heartbreaking task. And finally, before the Coven can return to strength and prominence, there is one last piece of unfinished business for the new Supreme to attend to.
01/20 // Happy birthday Evan!
Today is Evan Peters’ (Tate, Kit, Kyle) 27th birthday.
Can you believe it? 27!? He definitely doesn’t look his age, and I hope he doesn’t for a while yet so he can keep playing teenagers cause he’s great!
Hope today is/has been amazing for you Evan!