AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Trailer Dances Around the Characters

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I’m not sure how I feel about American Horror Story: Freak Show and don’t know whether I should be excited or not.  I started off in love with last year’s Coven series (aka Season 3) but fell out of love and into hate with it sometime about the 6th episode.  The fatal flaw?  You can’t keep killing characters and bringing them back, it utterly robs the show of stakes.  Also I almost feel like they don’t even outline their seasons, which means everything starts off with a pleasant “go for broke” attitude and then… breaks.

I’ll still give Freak Show a shot though, hopefully they’ve course corrected.  The fourth season will take place in Jupiter, Florida in 1952, right when Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) moves her freak show into the neighborhood.  The gang includes Kathy Bates’ bearded lady, Michael Chiklis’ strongman, Sarah Paulson’s conjoined twins and John Carroll Lynch as the villain, Twisty the clown killer.  Hit the jump for the full trailer.  American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on FX on October 8th.

New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Teasers; Is That Twisty the Clown Killer?

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Have a fear of clowns?  Based on these new promos for American Horror Story: Freak Show, you’ll probably develop one as soon as the show returns.  The fourth season will take place in Jupiter, Florida in 1952, right when Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) moves her freak show into the neighborhood.  The gang includes Kathy Bates’ bearded lady, Michael Chiklis’ strongman and Sarah Paulson’s conjoined twins, just to name a few.

We’ve also got John Carroll Lynch on board as the Freak Show villain, Twisty the clown killer.  Minus that shadow in the recently released character poster, we haven’t seen much of Twisty yet, but it looks as though one of the characters featured in this new set of American Horror Story: Freak Show teasers could be him.  Hit the jump to see for yourself.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Poster Reveals the Main Characters

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We’ve got a pretty good sense of who’s coming back for the fourth season of American Horror Story and how they’ll fit into the narrative, but thanks to a brand new piece of cast art, we’ve got even more details to share.

It’s an image that shows Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Lange and Evan Peters in all their freak show glory.  Hit the jump to check out the brand new American Horror Story: Freak Show poster and get a preview of their looks.  Patti LaBelle, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock and Emma Roberts are all MIA in this one, but hopefully we’ll get some promo art of their characters as well as we approach the show’s October 8th debut.

2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

First AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Teaser Offers a Helping Hand

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FX has released the first American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser trailer in addition to confirming the series’ October 8th premiere date, which we told you about last week.  The fourth season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series takes place in the sleepy town of Jupiter, Florida in 1952, as “a troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.”  This season will tell the story of the “freaks” against the backdrop of “the dying world of the American carny experience.”  Sounds like American Horror Story alright.  Jessica Lange plans for this to be her last season with the show, and she’ll be joined onscreen by AHS veterans Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Angela Basset, as well as AHS newcomer Michael Chiklis.

Hit the jump to watch the decidedly creepy American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser.  The series premieres on FX Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm ET/PT.

Michael Graziadei Talks THE LOTTERY, Pushing Boundaries on Lifetime, His Work on YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY, and More

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From executive producer/writer Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men), the Lifetime drama series The Lottery is set in a dystopian future driven by a global fertility crisis, after women mysteriously stopped bearing children.  Dr. Alison Lennon (Marley Shelton) and her team have spent years researching to finally successfully fertilize 100 embryos that will be available to women through a national lottery conducted by the President of the United States (Yul Vazquez).  The show also stars Martin Donovan, Athena Karkanis, David Alpay and Shelley Conn.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Michael Graziadei (who plays Kyle, a recovering alcoholic and single father of one of the last children born in the country) talked about how he came to be a part of The Lottery, what appealed to him about this story, how exciting it is to be on a network that is pushing boundaries and taking risks in their storytelling, the successful blend of politics with science and humanity, the show’s take on future technology, how he approached playing and understanding this character, and working with this cast.  He also talked about what it was like to be a part of the first season of American Horror Story and work with Jessica Lange, and going through acting boot camp for the years that he was a part of the popular soap opera The Young and the Restless.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Set to Premiere October 8th

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Let the countdown to the freak show begin!  We’ve known American Horror Story: Freak Show is on the way for quite some time now, and guessed it was coming well before that, but now we’ve got an official date and time to look forward to – Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm on FX.

There are always plot rumors out there for highly anticipated movies and TV shows, but when the possibility of a circus/freak show-themed American Horror Story popped up, it was just too good to brush off.  Even though that made the official announcement more of a told-you-so type of thing, it’s hard to imagine anything else topping that concept.  Hit the jump for more on American Horror Story season 4.

Comic-Con: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Cast and Producer Reflect Back on the Latest Installment and Tease AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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Comic-Con welcomed the cast of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story:  Coven for the first time since the anthology premiered on October 2011.  The hour opened with a video presentation that highlighted the season in its entirety before the cast was brought on stage.  Those in attendance were executive producer Tim Minear and cast members:  Angela BassettKathy BatesSarah PaulsonEvan PetersEmma Roberts, and the newest actor to join the AHS family, Michael Chiklis.  The FX drama is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to violence and horror, and based on what was discussed in Saturday’s panel, the next installment will be taking that up a notch or two.

The laughs abounded among the cast members and the audience as they thought back to Coven’s most memorable scenes.  And while Bates joked that Murphy is quite difficult to work with, the consensus was that the experience had been a wonderful one.  There were also some tidbits given of what we can expect from this fall’s next chapter, American Horror Story:  Freak Show.  Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

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Celebrating “Crime, Death, and Resurrection,” the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers’ work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated.

During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects.  Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Comic-Con 2014: FX Announces Panels for THE STRAIN, ARCHER, SONS OF ANARCHY, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

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FX has unveiled its schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014, which kicks off in a little over two weeks.  Panels will be held for three returning series, as well as one highly anticipated debut.  Briefly:

  • The Strain – The panel for Guillermo del Toro’s new vampire drama series will be held on Sunday in Hall H, with del Toro, showrunner Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and the entire cast (including Corey Stoll and Sean Astin) in attendance.  The entire third episode will be screened after the Q&A.
  • Archer – A screening and Q&A for the magnificent animated series will be held on Friday in the Indigo Ballroom, with the voice cast and creators in attendance.  An original animated short created specifically for SDCC will be screened.
  • Sons of Anarchy – Creator Kurt Sutter, executive producer Paris Barclay, and cast will take part in a screening at Q&A on Sunday in Hall H.
  • American Horror Story – Creator Ryan Murphy and a number of castmembers will discuss AHS: Coven and the upcoming AHS: Freak Show with a special tease of the new season on Saturday in Ballroom 20.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned panels, and look for our full recaps on Collider during Comic-Con.  2014 Comic-Con runs from Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27th.

Emma Roberts Talks PALO ALTO, Campaigning for Her Role, Pursuing the Rights to Books, and Working with James Franco, Plus AMERICAN HORROR STORY

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From writer/director Gia Coppola and based on the book by James Franco, the indie drama Palo Alto follows shy, sensitive teenager April (Emma Roberts), a popular soccer player and babysitter for her single-dad coach (James Franco). At the same time, Teddy (Jack Kilmer) hangs out with his best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff), while trying to find the nerve to tell April about his feelings for her.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emma Roberts talked about how she tracked down Gia Coppola and campaigned for her role, how she’s always trying to find books to pursue the rights for, how the book and film are very different entities, how nice and normal James Franco was to work with, how this movie feels both of its time and timeless, why it’s more challenging to play someone so real, and what she thinks might have happened to this character, beyond the point where the film ends. She also talked about getting invited back for American Horror Story: Freak Show, that they start shooting the new season in July, how she’s looking forward to doing a period piece, that she doesn’t yet have any details about the story or character, and how she’s love to be in a Wes Anderson film. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

PaleyFest 2014: Creators Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk and New Cast Member Michael Chiklis Talk AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows. One of the evenings was to celebrate the success of the anthology series American Horror Story, both looking back on the most recent season, American Horror Story: Coven, and looking ahead to the next season, American Horror Story: Freak Show.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled the highlights about the upcoming season.

During the evening, executive producers/co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk were joined by newest cast member Michael Chiklis to talk about how he will be playing father to Evan Peters and ex-husband to Kathy Bates, that this marks the actor’s return to FX, that the season will be set in a freak show in 1950 in Florida (even though it will shoot in New Orleans), how this was a setting that Jessica Lange wanted, writing roles specifically for the actors playing them, and that some of the actors from Season 1 and/or Season 2 will also be returning, along with Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer.  Check out what they had to say about American Horror Story Season 4 after the jump.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 4 Will Be Titled FREAK SHOW; Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and More Returning [Updated]

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The subtitle for the upcoming fourth season of the FX horror drama anthology series American Horror Story has been revealed.  There have been rumors for months that season four of the stylistic thriller would take place at a carnival, and it appears that those rumors weren’t far off as today creator Ryan Murphy unveiled the full title: American Horror Story: Freak Show.  The cast has yet to be announced, but it was previously made known that this will be Jessica Lange’s final season with the series, so one imagines Murphy will send her off with a bang.  Hit the jump for more, including what we know so far about season four.

[Update: An official logline has been released, along with some casting news.  More after the jump.]

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Recap – “The Seven Wonders”

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Well, the third season of FX’s horror anthology American Horror Story is in the books.  Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven promised magic and mayhem (which we got in spades) along with a new Supreme by season’s end.  They made good on both points, but also managed to muddy up the waters along the way.  Powers were established and then thrown away, redemption was teased but rarely achieved, and characters died and revived so often as to lose any emotional impact.  Still pretty entertaining though, even if the only purpose for the entire season was a song and a stance.  Hit the jump for my episode/season recap and review.

Angela Bassett Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, Filming in New Orleans, Whether She’s Willing To Return For Another Season, and More

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From co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the FX series American Horror Story uses a unique and compelling approach to television, with a different setting, different characters and a rotating cast of actors for each season.  For Season 3, American Horror Story: Coven has told the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America, with a cast of talented actresses that included Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and even Stevie Nicks.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Angela Bassett talked about how she came to be a part of the show this season, how it was the best of all worlds, bringing the history of the real woman to her portrayal in the present day, talking to actual voodouns, how invaluable it was to really get to shoot in New Orleans, and that she would absolutely be willing to entertain the idea of returning to the series, for a future season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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