The most-watched TV show on cable Wednesday night was … Duck Dynasty?
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SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
You think you’ve seen everything as a TV viewer...and then American Horror Story: Asylum comes long and has an episode with a woman (Copper‘s Franka Potente) claiming to be Anne Frank. Yep, THE Anne Frank. Well, let me tell you AHS fans: Things only get wilder. In fact, next week’s twist-revealing masterpiece (MAJOR secrets are revealed) represents probably the best hour the mini-series has ever done for pure terror and acting prowess. But there’s tons to discuss in this week’s installment, including the brutal deprogramming of Lana (Sarah Paulson) by Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto) and, of course, the arrival of Ms. Frank. EW chatted with co-creator Ryan Murphy about this epic, two-part AHS: Asylum.
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If Mark Consuelos had his choice, he would have shaved his head to play a mental patient on American Horror Story: Asylum.
That idea may have been nixed, but it’s a testament to how willing and eager the former All My Children star was to physically transform for his role as Spivey, a patient at Briarcliff Manor, the institution at the center of this season.
In fact, it was creator Ryan Murphy’s desire to change up the actor’s look that made him even more excited to take on the role. “I said, ‘Yes, I’ll do it. You had me at dark and demented,'” he recalls. “Kelly [Ripa, his wife] was with [us] and she said, ‘No you don’t understand. [Murphy]’s really dark and demented. More than any other person.'”
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The second episode of American Horror Story: Asylum upped the stakes even further with not only an epic old-school exorcism — with a possessed nun! The Sound of Music this ain’t! When the Briarcliff staff failed to save a young man possessed by Satan, the spirit instead forced itself into Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), although no one knows that yet. Viewers also met new psychiatrist Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto), who seems nice but naturally that can’t be the whole story since this is AHS. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about clues within the episode to the mysterious pasts of Thredson and Arden (James Cromwell), as well as the return of Dylan McDermott later in the season. READ FULL STORY
Is this why ABC’s Nashville and NBC’s Chicago Fire ratings dropped so sharply last night?
FX’s American Horror Story came roaring back for its second season debut. Asylum delivered 3.9 million committed viewers for its first airing at 10 p.m. That’s up 21 percent from the show’s series premiere last year and represents a series high. With a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49, AHS ranked #2 in the hour behind only CSI.
Also, see Tim Stack’s interview with Ryan Murphy about last night’s premiere.
SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE PREMIERE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM!!!!
Nuns! Aliens! Bloody Face! Adam Levine! No one can accuse American Horror Story: Asylum of playing it safe in its wild premiere. A complete reboot of the previous season, AHS: Asylum took viewers inside Briarcliff Manor for a roller-coaster hour that saw Jessica Lange’s Sister Jude getting sexy in red lingerie and Adam Levine’s Leo losing an arm to something sinister. EW talked to series co-creator Ryan Murphy about the jam-packed hour, his inspirations, and what this means for Levine on the series. READ FULL STORY
Fans are just hours away from watching the rebirth of American Horror Story, and while you’ll see a few returning faces tonight, there’s definitely more to come.
The latest? Dylan McDermott, who is set to return this season, per a Twitter announcement from creator Ryan Murphy. Last season, the actor played Connie Britton’s husband/the new owner of a haunted house. There is no word on who he will play this season, which takes place in a mental institution (hence the subtitle — American Horror Story: Asylum).
As mentioned, several actors from the first season of the anthology are back this season. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Zachary Quinto will all be seen in the first two episodes of this season playing characters unrelated to those they played in season 1. And Eric Stonestreet, who previously appeared as a tortured patient of McDermott’s character, is also set to appear in season 2.
Make sure you return to EW.com tonight for our exclusive post-mortem with Murphy.
‘American Horror Story’ scoop: What you need to know before entering the ‘Asylum’ tonight — EXCLUSIVE
‘Arrow,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Person of Interest,’ ‘The Walking Dead': Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room
Tonight is the highly anticipated premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum, the second installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s terror anthology for FX. EW revealed many of AHS: Asylum‘s secrets in our exclusive August cover story, which took readers inside the titular mental institution, Briarcliff Manor. “To me, last year was a family drama,” says Falchuk. “This is our version of a workplace drama.” Now with the premiere hours away, here’s a primer on what you need to know before entering the walls of Briarcliff. And be sure visit EW.com tonight for our EXCLUSIVE post-show Q&A with Ryan Murphy.
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The Arrow cast was out in full force during New York Comic-Con this weekend. (Also, this sizzle reel? AWESOME!) And I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes backstage with Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy so they could answer a few questions for fans who made the premiere a record-breaker.
Will we see some Laurel/Oliver flashbacks any time soon? — Joy
“You’ll definitely get to see more of the history between Laurel and Oliver, and where they come from,” assures Cassidy, who adds that she loves playing a character with “a huge heart.” Which is also something that likely endears her to Oliver. “Laurel lost her sister because her boyfriend had an affair and invited her [on the boat]. It’s basically his fault. And I think if any man did this to me and my sisters, I would never forgive that person,” she says. “I feel like she has a lot of soul, and she’s clearly very strong because she tries to see the best in everyone. I think that says a lot about her.”
Sandra, can we please get Revenge/Arrow crossover? I think Emily and Oliver would make amazing partners! — Leslie
…And have amazingly beautiful justice-seeking babies! Ehem. No spoiler here because this is a crazy bananas idea. But, for the record, Amell is on board: “Let’s cross pollinate. Let’s do it. I don’t understand why we wouldn’t. Maybe ABC and CW would have issues, but that’s not for me to discuss. But in a perfect world, we would just do it.”
Sandra, please tell me we’re going to see that ladder thing on Arrow again. Please. Please. – Kristine
As I reported in this post-premiere scoop, no salmon ladder again any time soon. (Sniff.) But if it’s action you like, I hear there’s some very impressive machete stunts in this week’s episode (not to mention, a Kardashian joke). And in the seventh episode, there’s a fight scene that Amell is “very proud of” against a character that “D.C. comics fans will recognize.” “It’s another fight in my plain clothes and when I’m in my plain clothes, it has to be only me because I don’t have a hood on; you can’t hide my face,” he said. “It got a really nice reception from the crew after we shot it.”
We’re one week away from the premiere of the second installment in FX’s thrill ride American Horror Story — this year subtitled Asylum — and the network has delivered a nice treat: they’ve released the first five minutes online on as well as the opening credits for season 2.
As described in EW’s exclusive cover story reveal on AHS: Asylum, this completely new story begins in the present day with newlyweds Leo (The Voice‘s Adam Levine) and Teresa (Step Up‘s Jenna Dewan-Tatum) visiting various haunted spots on their honeymoon. Their last stop is AHS: Asylum‘s setting, Briarcliff Manor, now in ruins. They fool around and explore and then… well then… all hell breaks loose. Watch this slightly NSFW sequence… and get ready to cover your eyes. Click here to go to watch clip on AHS: Asylum‘s Facebook page
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