AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Pink Cupcakes”

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American Horror Story is moving along at a noticeably slower pace this season, but it’s actually working to the show’s benefit for the most part.  There are still some heavy-handed plays to one-up previous episodes and seasons via outrageously shocking material and every so often, there are a few narrative details that don’t add up, but for the most part, the key characters are progressing well and the writers are bolstering the effect of current episodes by acknowledging and respecting what’s gone down in previous ones.  Hit the jump for more in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

Ryan Murphy Says All Seasons of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Are Connected; Season 5 Clue Featured in Episode 4 of FREAK SHOW

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Prior to American Horror Story: Freak Show, I was under the impression that all seasons of American Horror Story were standalone entities, but then news surfaced that Naomi Grossman was set to portray her Asylum character, Pepper, in Freak Show as well.  But even then, it just could have been fun stunt casting.  It certainly made for a good story.  However, Lily Rabe’s casting last week was a game changer.  Rabe is also going to portray her Asylum character, Sister Mary Eunice, in Freak Show for a storyline chronicling how Pepper winds up making the move from Elsa’ Cabinet of Curiosities to Briarcliff.

And the season crossovers don’t stop there.  According to Ryan Murphy, Murder House, Asylum, Coven and Freak Show are all connected.  Hit the jump for more.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 4 – “Edward Mordrake (Part 2)”

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Welcome to episode 4 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Edward Mordrake (Part 2),” the title character continues his search for a “pure freak” to add to his collection and we get to explore a number of character backstories in the process.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Edward Mordrake (Part 2)”

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Edward Mordrake may have two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show named after him, but all he really does is pump the episodes, and especially “Edward Mordrake (Part 2),” full of exposition.  It’s a noticeably heavy-handed manner of delivering backstory and a bit of a waste of what could have been a creepy, threatening character, but it works well enough because most of that backstory is necessary, highly engaging and also gives some supporting characters the screen time they deserve.  Hit the jump to find out who were Edward Mordrake’s hits and misses in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe Set to Appear on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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There’s already a slew of characters in play on American Horror Story: Freak Show, but when folks like Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe want in, you give them roles.  Harris will guest-star on the 11th and 12th episodes while Burtka is set to make his appearance in the 13th, the season finale.  As for Rabe, she’s going to be in episode 10.  That’s the final episode before the holidays, so there’s a chance her character could be involved in whatever outrageous winter cliffhanger the writers come up with.

Hit the jump for more on their roles.  American Horror Story: Freak Show airs on FX on Wednesday nights at 10pm.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 3 – “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)”

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Welcome to episode 3 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Edward Mordrake (Part 1),” we learn about the superstition of Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley).  Legend has it, should freaks perform on Halloween, Mordrake will rise up and pick one member of the troupe to take with him.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)”

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This episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show could have been better.  “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)” is clearly being used as a build-up to next week’s “Edward Mordrake (Part 2).”  We’ve got characters doing things that are in stark contrast to what previous episodes have established, there are loads of great scenes but few have satisfying payoffs and, overall, the first part of the coveted Halloween episode just isn’t all that scary.  But does that mean I didn’t enjoy it?  Absolutely not.  The entertainment value of American Horror Story: Freak Show is through the roof.  At this point, no logic or structural issue stands a chance against the outlandish fun that’s to be had with these characters in this setting.  Hit the jump for more in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

John Carroll Lynch Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, Creeping out the Cast and Crew, Scary Clowns, and More

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The FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show follows a troupe of the strange and unusual in 1952, who are looking to survive as performers amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.  Also in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida is a dark being known as Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch), who savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike, but who also has an innocence that makes it even more disturbing.  The show stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare and Finn Wittrock.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor John Carroll Lynch talked about how this role was pitched to him, being aware of the deep fear of clowns that many people have, how he creeps out some of the cast and crew when he’s in character, the evolution of Twisty’s look, expressing himself with no dialogue, how much the hair and make-up and costume help him, taking the actual clown side of the character seriously, the license he’s given to go to dark places because he’s in full make-up, that viewers will learn what happened to him and why he is the way he is, the bizarre dynamic between Twisty and Dandy (Wittrock), and how he’d love to work with these actors again.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Visiting AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Buckner Mansion and the Costume Designs of Lou Eyrich

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This past weekend, Collider was invited to the set of American Horror Story: Coven in New Orleans for an event honoring the work of Costume Designer Lou Eyrich just in time for the show’s release on Blu-ray.  The Emmy Award winning costume designer was on hand to discuss her work on both Coven & the current season Freak Show, as well as the demanding schedule of being a costume designer for TV and the most challenging aspects of her job.  For a rundown of the event and interview highlights with Eyrich, in which she discusses the original designs for Freak Show’s villain Twisty the Clown, hit the jump.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 2 – “Massacres and Matinees”

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Welcome to episode 2 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Massacres and Matinees,” the local cops come down hard on Elsa’s “monsters” after the disappearance of Detective Bunch.  Meanwhile, Dandy is as bored as ever so his mother comes up with a deeply twisted plan to make her baby boy happy again.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Massacres and Matinees”

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The premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show had the benefit of the shock and awe that comes with introducing viewers to a new vibrant location and fresh crop of curious characters, but now that the initial thrill is long gone, the question is, can Freak Show hold up?  Thanks to the highly intriguing character layers and fascinatingly bizarre scenarios introduced in the season’s second episode, “Massacres and Matinees,” the answer is a resounding yes.  Hit the jump for more on the wealth of mind-blowing oddities in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

Naomi Grossman Talks Orgies, Deleted Scenes, and Major Character Deaths in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW & ASYLUM

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From Murder House to Asylum to Coven, American Horror Story has redefined itself each season with no connective tissue between them. The premiere of the series newest incarnation Freak Show brought with it a curious new wrinkle. Naomi Grossman returned to the series, not playing a different character as all returning actors have prior; but instead reprising her role from Asylum as Pepper, the ‘pinhead’ inmate abducted by aliens and turned into a savant. From Pepper’s standpoint, Freak Show then becomes a prequel to Asylum, an origin tale of sorts and the first suggestion that perhaps all the seasons occur in a singular universe.

In the following interview with Naomi Grossman, she discusses being the first actor to play the same character through multiple seasons, what’s to come for Pepper on Freak Show and shooting the carny orgy from last week’s premiere episode. For the full interview, hit the jump.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON 5 Coming Next Year After Record Breaking Debut for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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I haven’t watched American Horror Story: Freak Show yet because I’m still feeling a little bit burned from Coven last year.  I absolutely loved the first few episodes but then it became clear that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck didn’t really know where they were taking us.  It just felt like they weren’t outlining and the show lost its sense of stakes when every character that died could be reincarnated.  Still, a lot of people clearly love the program since the premiere of Freak Show is the most watched program in the history of FX, beating even the recent Sons of Anarchy final-season premiere.  So of course we’re now getting American Horror Story: Season 5.

The fourth season stars Sarah PaulsonKathy BatesMichael ChiklisEvan PetersAngela BassetEmma RobertsDenis O’HareFrances ConroyPatti LaBelleFinn WittrockNaomi GrossmanWes Bently, and John Caroll Lynch.  Hit the jump for more on the ratings success and the upcoming American Horror Story: Season 5.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW: Episode 1 – AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 4 Premiere “Monsters Among Us”

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Welcome to the very first episode of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In the premiere episode, “Monsters Among Us,” we get an introduction to Fräulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities via Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), conjoined twins that might just give the business a fighting chance in Jupiter, Florida.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff@AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Season Premiere Recap: “Monsters Among Us”

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The moment the American Horror Story season 4 circus/freak show rumor started circulating, it was obvious; it’d be a genius new setting for the series.  The show isn’t really known for its sound storylines, but if you let loose and embrace its dedication to going bigger than big, taking eccentric characters and throwing them into wildly bizarre situations, it’s an endlessly entertaining watch.  If Murder House, Asylum and Coven were too much for you, you’d better change the channel, cancel your DVR recording or delete the digital copy immediately.  But, if you dug the first three seasons and have your fingers crossed for even more over-the-top behavior, deeply disturbing scenarios and highly unusual characters, you’ll likely get your wish because based on the premiere episode, it looks as though American Horror Story: Freak Show is going to exceed all hopes and expectations.

Hit the jump for my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

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