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'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

'American Horror Story' scoop: 'The Voice' coach Adam Levine in negotiations for season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is already a major reality TV star thanks to his gig on NBC’s The Voice, but now the musician is switching over to scripted television. EW can exclusively reveal that Levine is in final negotiations to appear in season 2 of FX’s hit thriller American Horror Story. In his television acting debut, Levine will be playing a contemporary character and half of a couple called “The Lovers.” AHS producers are so fond of Levine that they are shooting around his summer touring schedule.

While the second season of AHS, set to premiere on FX in October, has been cloaked in secrecy, we do know that original cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe will be returning as entirely different characters. Co-creator Ryan Murphy has also said that season 2 will be set in on the East Coast and in a “horror institution.”

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'American Horror Story': Look who's coming back!

They may be playing different characters, but some very familiar faces from the first season of American Horror Story will make a return visit to Ryan Murphy’s horror-fest on FX. The co-creator of the drama announced Friday during the PaleyFest in Beverly Hills that Sarah Paulson (the medium Billie Dean Howard), Evan Peters (Tate Langdon) and Lily Rabe (Nora Montgomery) will join Jessica Lange in the show’s second season.

Also participating in the scarefest will be Zachary Quinto, who played a gay man who previously owned the Harmon home (with Torchwood‘s Teddy Sears as Patrick). “Anybody could pop up at any time,” Murphy said during the panel hosted by EW’s Tim Stack. “It’s fun to take actors you love and say, ‘come play again.'”

Speaking of which, it doesn’t seem like we’ll see appearances by the dead Harmons, aka Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott. The actors only signed one-year deals on the show but apparently, Murphy’s not opposed to working them in if he can snag ‘em. Stay tuned.

When AHS wrapped its memorable first season, Murphy said the plan was to start over with a whole new haunting in the second season, which is expected to take place on the East Coast and involve a horror institution. Production resumes in the summer for a mid-October return to FX.

Murphy told EW that the second year will revolve heavily around Lange, who played neighbor-from-hell Constance Langdon in season one. Said Lange during the PaleyFest panel, “It’ll be terrifying in June, but now I’m pretty relaxed about it.”

Lange and Murphy were joined on the panel by co-creator Brad Falchuk, executive producer Dante Di Loreto, Britton, McDermott, Paulson, Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge. To pay homage to the show — or maybe just to show some love to Lange — one male attendee dressed up as Constance.

(Additional reporting from Tanner Stransky)

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Jessica Lange will return to 'American Horror Story' -- EXCLUSIVE

If you liked Jessica Lange in season 1 of American Horror Story, then you’re going to love what creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have in store for season 2: EW has learned exclusively that the two-time Oscar winner will return to the FX drama this fall.

The actress, who won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for her work as the hateful, bigoted (and extremely delicious) Constance Langdon, has signed a new deal to stay with the horror franchise. But she won’t reprise her memorable role in the new season, which resumes production in late July for a mid-October return to FX. She’ll play someone entirely new, promises Murphy. READ FULL STORY

'Revenge,' 'Magic Mike,' and Jessie J lead nominees for the 2012 'NewNowNext Awards' -- EXCLUSIVE


Logo’s NewNowNext Awards don’t air until April 9 on the cable network, but EW has exclusively learned the roster of nominees for the fifth annual event, which showcases who and what are on the verge of a pop culture explosion in 2012.

Nominees range from Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp and Parenthood‘s Michael B. Jordan in the Next Mega Star category to Jessie J and FUN. in the Brink-of-Fame: Music Artist category to Magic Mike and Snow White & The Huntsman in the Next Must-See Movie category.

The 90-minute show will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Avalon in Hollywood on April 5. Performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Starting today, the public can vote for the awards on Logo’s NewNowNext website. Check out all the nominees here:


'American Horror Story' season 2 scoop: Ryan Murphy teases which actors will return and where it will be set

Last night, Ryan Murphy appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen and dished out some scoop on American Horror Story‘s second season. First, during a round of Cohen’s nightly game “Plead the Fifth,” Murphy revealed that Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Jessica Lange will make an appearance during AHS season 2 (A rep for the show’s studio, 20th Century Fox, tells EW that there’s no official deal yet with Lange). Then, during the web-only after show, Murphy teased a few more details…

  • AHS season 2 will take place on the East Coast and will involve a “horror institution.”
  • Murphy is in talks with four of the previous AHS castmembers but none of them were the Harmons—not surprising since the entire family perished by the end of season 1. By our deduction, that means potential returnees could include Lange, Denis O’Hare, Evan Peters, and Frances Conroy.

EW readers should remember that Murphy told me exclusively last December that the secret to the second season was hidden in the penultimate “Birth” episode. It’s time to go back and watch that hour again, AHS fans! Post your theories below!

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