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Was 'American Horror Story' punished for Emmy miniseries bid?

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FX’s American Horror Story struck out in the best movie or miniseries category at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night. Though American Horror Story co-star Jessica Lange took home an award for best supporting actress in a miniseries, the scary acclaimed drama lost to HBO’s Game Change in the main category. American Horror Story also faced Sherlock (PBS), Hatfields & McCoys (History),  Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO), Luther (BBC America).

Emmy voters clearly loved the freshman FX program — it was nominated for a whopping 17 nominations overall. But the network endured some criticism and more than a little second guessing after entering the show in the miniseries category rather than go up against shows like AMC’s Mad Men and Showtime’s Homeland in the main drama series category. American Horror Story returns for a second season on Oct. 17, but with a different storyline and new characters (though with some of the same actors). As the Los Angeles Times noted last week, the horror show’s “Emmy tactics have some critics screaming, and not in a good way.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': 'Que Sera, Sera' never sounded so creepy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Whatever will be, will be.

A new trailer for American Horror Story: Asylum – the second installment in Ryan Murphy’s anthology — features the cast lying in hospital beds while a dissonant version of “Que Sera, Sera” plays (with just a hint of the AHS theme in the background). Watch it below.

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'American Horror Story': See 4 terrifying images from season 2 'Asylum' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, the second installment in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s scary anthology series, has been ramping up its promotion in the past few weeks with various creepy teasers making the rounds. Now, EW can bring you four EXCLUSIVE new pieces of key art from the wild new season, set within an insane asylum. Click through to see all four images and get ready to shudder. And stay tuned to EW.com all this week for MAJOR AHS: Asylum exclusives.

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'American Horror Story': Check out two new teasers here -- VIDEO

UPDATE: They’ve added yet another teaser featuring someone in what appears to be a very creepy bath. Check it out below.

Late last week, we got our first look at a teaser for American Horror Story: Asylum, the second installment in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s horror anthology series. Today brings yet another peek at the highly anticipated series set in an insane asylum run by nun Jessica Lange. The newest teaser is even more vague, showing a white-cloaked nun walking past another nun praying and then hanging up a blue coat. What in the name of Rubber Man does this all mean?! Is she a shopping nun?! Watch the teaser then post your theories below. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Watch the creepy new teaser for season 2 -- VIDEO

FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum doesn’t begin its terror-filled second season until late October but today the first teaser was released and… it’s really friggin’ creepy. The second season is set in a 1960s insane asylum run by Jessica Lange, but the teaser is scarily simple: A nun deposits a bucket of food near the woods, but something tells us she’s not leaving it for squirrels or some cute elves living in the trees, making cookies. What could she be feeding? What lives in that woods? Watch below… READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' gets new title for season 2

Ryan Murphy is changing the title of American Horror Story for season two.

The second round will be called… READ FULL STORY

FX president: Damn straight 'American Horror Story' is a miniseries!

Some TV fans have taken shots at FX for submitting American Horror Story to the Emmys as miniseries, where the returning horror thriller will face the likes of History Channel’s Hatfield & McCoys and HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn rather than heavy hitting series such as AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Just the other day Jimmy Kimmel told TV critics, “It’s not a miniseries — let’s be honest.” And we’ve made remarks too (I believe my exact words were: “Go big or go home, FX; pick on shows your own size.”)

So when a critic at the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday half-jokingly asked FX president and general manager John Landgraf if he knew American Horror Story was actually a miniseries when he picked it up, the executive came out swinging. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel on Emmys: 'American Horror Story' 'not a miniseries'

FX’s American Horror Story may have been allowed to compete in the miniseries category for this year’s Emmy Awards, but this year’s host Jimmy Kimmel certainly has a clear opinion on the matter. “It’s not a miniseries — let’s be honest,” he told a room of television critics today.

Meanwhile, Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences defended the board’s decision, following creator Ryan Murphy’s appeal to let Horror Story compete as a miniseries. “We have a terrific process to vet these kinds of decisions, and our board of governors believed that the show clearly belonged in the miniseries category,” he said.

The miniseries category, which this year also included Luther and Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, is being monitored “carefully,” Rosenblum later added. “We’ll see how American Horror Story plays out next season, but what was presented to the committee and the board of governors was persuasive enough to have them vote that the show qualified.”

Kimmel quipped: “I’m going to try to qualify as a miniseries next year. It seems like a soft category.”

UPDATE: FX president responds: Damn straight ‘American Horror Story’ is a miniseries!

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'American Horror Story' scoop: Mark Consuelos joins season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Season 2 of FX’s American Horror Story begins production this week, but it looks like they are still adding folks to the asylum: EW can exclusively reveal that former All My Children star Mark Consuelos (also the husband of daytime’s Kelly Ripa) is joining AHS as a patient named Spivey.

Consuelos joins Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, and Lizzie Brochere in the new season, which centers around an institution for the criminally insane.

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'American Horror Story': 'Secret Circle' star will be playing [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE

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UPDATE: While Zylka is staying mum on his character’s details, EW has learned that he will in fact be playing a character named Daniel, who is the “Most Beautiful Boy in the World”… and also a deaf-mute.

The Secret Circle may have ended its run on The CW but fans can rejoice that castmember Chris Zylka has found a new TV gig — FX’s thrill ride American Horror Story. The actor told EW last night at The Amazing Spider-Man premiere (Zylka appears in the superhero film as well) that he finally could reveal he had landed the AHS job. “Ryan Murphy, thank God, let me finally announce tonight that I will be a cast member on the second season of American Horror Story,” says Zylka. “It is a thrill, an honor, a challenge. Honestly, it was as big a thrill to book that show as it was to get a part in The Amazing Spider-Man. I cannot believe I will get to be in the same room as Jessica Lange, let alone work with her. I am a lucky, lucky guy. I, of course, cannot tell you who or what I am playing or anything about the story yet. Ryan only gave me the okay to say I was in the show. I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize that.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' scoop: James Cromwell in talks for season 2

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Academy-Award nominee James Cromwell (Babe) will soon be facing something scarier than a talking pig: EW has confirmed that Cromwell is in negotiations to join the second season of FX’s American Horror Story. The actor will play Dr. Arden, who works at the same institution for the criminally insane run by Jessica Lange’s character.

Cromwell joins Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, and Lizzie Brochere in the ensemble for season two of the horror hit, set to premiere in October.

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'American Horror Story' scoop: Chloe Sevigny in negotiations for season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Season 2 of the FX hit American Horror Story is shaping up to be even wilder than season 1. Case in point: EW has learned exclusively that Big Love‘s Chloe Sevigny is in final talks to join the second season, set to begin production this summer. Sevigny will play a character named Shelly the Nymphomaniac, who is one of the mortal enemies of Jessica Lange’s character. Basically, prepare yourself for Lange vs. Sevigny! The writers and producers of AHS were such fans of Sevigny that they wrote the part with her in mind.

The actress will join Lange, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe in the new season, which Murphy has revealed will be set in an East Coast institution for the criminally insane run by Lange’s character.

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'American Horror Story' scoop: Season 2's setting revealed

Back in February, scaremaster Ryan Murphy teased that the second season of American Horror Story would involve a “horror institution” on the East Coast. Now the series’ co-creator has revealed what that institution is — as well as which familiar face will be running the joint.

According to Murphy, the show’s sophomore season “is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica [Lange].” He revealed the news yesterday at a TV Academy panel in North Hollywood. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, AHS‘s season 1 episode “Birth” contained a clue about this setting; in one scene, a medium played by Sarah Paulson notes that certain places, like prisons or asylums (or Murder Houses), tend to be filled with a negative energy that feeds on trauma and pain.

But don’t expect to see Lange reprise her role as cruel, campy Constance Langdon. Instead, she’ll be playing a new character altogether — fitting, since Murphy also explained that season 2 “is set in a completely different time period.” READ FULL STORY

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