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

     March 24, 2014


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-freak-show-logo[Update: EW reports that Freak Show will take place in Jupiter, Florida in 1950 and stars Lange as a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the country.  Kathy BatesSarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, and Frances Conroy are all confirmed to return as “freaks” that Lange’s character has rescued, with Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts currently in talks to come back as well.  The story revolves around the troupe doing anything it takes to ensure that their Freak Show sticks around.  Our original article follows below.]

For those unfamiliar with American Horror Story, the series reboots itself every season with a new story, new setting, and new characters, with some cast members returning to play different roles.  Season one was a family drama taking place in a haunted house, season two was a psychological thriller set inside a demented asylum, and season three was a supernatural dramedy dealing with witches in a New Orleans coven.  There’s no telling what creepy tricks Murphy will have up his sleeve this time around, but the Freak Show setting provides plenty of promising material to mine.

Lange is confirmed to return for season four, as is season three standout Sarah Paulson, and Murphy also previously revealed that the season will take place in the 1950s.  However, each AHS season thus far has made heavy use of flashbacks and flashforwards, so one imagines Freak Show won’t be constricted solely to the 1950s.  Murphy also hinted that Lange has been “practicing her German accent.  We’ll likely learn much more about the new season during the American Horror Story PaleyFest panel later this week, so check back here on Collider for our full recap from the event.