AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Test of Strength”

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Dell (Michael Chiklis) needed some time in the spotlight and in American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 7 he finally gets it, but it doesn’t do him much good at all.  The show’s been playing the same game with the character since the moment he arrived at Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities.  Dell does terrible things, but then we get a quick glimpse of him looking sad and remorseful and are expected to believe the guy’s got a heart.  No more.  Dell wasn’t really in a position to carry an episode to begin with, but he gets away with it because the characters around him are so strong that his effect on them still has great value.  But, when it comes to Dell as an individual, at this point, he’s a lost cause.  There’s just no coming back from what he does at the end of “Test of Strength.”  The writers might as well stop playing the back-and-forth game and just turn him into a full-blown villain.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Bullseye”

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Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and a good deal of the American Horror Story veterans are delivering solid work, but as noted in my recap of the American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere, “Monsters Among Us,” the series newcomers and supporting cast members are stealing the spotlight with ease and episode 6, “Bullseye,” proves that they deserve it, especially Mat Fraser as Paul the Illustrated Seal.  Per usual, “Bullseye” covers a lot of ground, but it’s the mini single-episode arc that Paul gets that really starts to bring all of the separate storylines together for the first time this season.

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.

New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Character Posters; Ryan Murphy Concerned Twisty is Too Scary

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Ready for a more detailed look at the full American Horror Story: Freak Show lineup?  (Well, minus Twisty.)  FX just unleashed 11 brand new images showing off all of the main players.  We’ve got Jessica Lange’s Elsa Mars, Sarah Paulson’s Bette and Dot, and our very first look at Emma Roberts as Maggie Esmerelda, Wes Bentley as Edward Mordrake and Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott as well.

Hit the jump to check out those new American Horror Story: Freak Show character posters and to read about creator Ryan Murphy’s fear that the villain, Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch), might be too scary for some.  The show is set to return on October 8th on FX.

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.

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.

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.]

22 New Images from AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Featuring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, and More

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October is upon us, and that means new seasons of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead are near.  After weeks of tantalizing teasers and posters, FX has now released a full gallery of images from American Horror Story: Coven that unveil the colorful cast of characters and give us a peek at the show’s first episode, aptly titled “Bitchcraft.”  This season deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches.  Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches.  By the looks of these new images, Lange takes matters into her own hands and decides to school the group of young witches on her own.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The series also stars Kathy Bates, Angela BassettEmma RobertsDenis O’HareAlexandra BreckenridgePatti LuPoneGabourey SidibeEvan PetersSarah PaulsonTaissa FarmigaFrances Conroy, and Lily Rabe.  American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.

Season Three of FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN to Focus on Witches

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FX’s American Horror Story has already covered the topics of ghosts, serial killers, the criminally insane, Nazis and aliens in such creepy locales as a haunted house, insane asylum and mad scientist’s laboratory.  Season three, recently revealed with the title of American Horror Story: Coven, will center on witches and take place partially in New Orleans.  Throughout the second season, it was speculated that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk would be taking on witches in the upcoming season, based on hints they scattered throughout the Asylum episodes; but this storyline has been in the works for quite a while.  Hit the jump for more.

ZOMBIELAND Pilot Lands Two Leads; Season 3 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Features Returning Cast Members Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga

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After news that Amazon Studios and Sony TV would be producing the pilot for the Zombieland series, some casting and plot information became available.  Now, it looks like two of the four leads have been filled.  Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus (portrayed in the 2009 film by Jesse Eisenberg) while up-and-comer Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) will star as Little Rock (played by Abigail Breslin in the feature).  Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the feature script as well as that of the pilot, which continues the post-apocalyptic adventures of the foursome that also includes Tallahassee and Wichita.

Hit the jump for more on Zombieland as well as casting news on season three of FX’s American Horror Story

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Finale Recap – “Madness Ends” Plus a Look Back on Season Two and a Look Ahead to Season Three

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Tonight’s episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum not only wrapped up our favorite characters’ arcs, it concluded the show’s entire second season.  Things were tied in a neat little bow with massive character deaths done in the most tasteless possible way…for the most part.  After the jump, we’ll talk about how Ryan Murphy and the creative team of AHS:A explored and resolved the theme of insanity, who will return next year and just where the show might be headed for season three.

American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, along with newcomers Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere and Clea Duvall.  Hit the jump for the recap and review of tonight’s finale, “Madness Ends” and a look back at the second season.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Episode Recap: “Continuum”

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We’re getting down to the wire and running out of living characters on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum.  Tonight we bid fond farewells to three more souls: one was a surprise, two of them died a second time and one of them was simply brushed aside with nary an explanation.  This episode was also a bit more toned down than we’re used to (well, for this show anyway) so I’m expecting them to lay it all on the table in next week’s season finale.

American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, along with newcomers Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere and Clea Duvall.  Hit the jump for the recap and review of tonight’s episode, “Continuum.”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Episode Recap: “Spilt Milk”

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With only two episodes left after tonight, it’s nice to see American Horror Story: Asylum wrapping up the myriad plotlines in favor of bringing the major arcs to a satisfying conclusion.  We’ve already said goodbye to a few of the main players but more and more characters just keep popping up.  Also returning for this episode is my favorite stand-out director of the series, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, along with newcomers Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere and Clea Duvall.  Hit the jump for the recap and review of tonight’s episode,”Spilt Milk.”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Episode Recap: “The Name Game”

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What better way to kick off 2013 than with a return to FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum?  Tonight’s episode spent a little bit of time getting us reacquainted with our favorite patients and caregivers of Briarcliff, but quickly got back into the crazy head games, battle between good and evil and even threw in a few surprises.  If you were sharp-eyed, you may have even picked up on a teaser about the plot line in the third season of American Horror Story. 

American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, along with newcomers Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere and Clea Duvall.  Hit the jump for the recap and review of tonight’s episode,”The Name Game.”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Episode Recap: “The Coat Hanger”

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Well, we’ve reached the mid-season finale of FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum and what a bloody and cliff-hangery way to end 2012! Not only did we get some carryover from guest star Ian McShane (who was phenomenal last week), but Frances Conroy also featured in tonight’s story. But those weren’t the biggest surprises as we were left with a shocking cliff-hanger that will have to wait until 2013 for a resolution.

American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, along with newcomers Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere and Clea Duvall. Hit the jump for the recap and review of tonight’s episode,”The Coat Hanger.”

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