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Stevie Nicks to guest on 'American Horror Story: Coven'

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Ryan Murphy revealed on Twitter Tuesday morning that American Horror Story: Coven will soon welcome another big-name guest star: witchy woman Stevie Nicks.

The news should come as no surprise to Murphy superfans; he’s made no secret of his longtime love for the singer-songwriter, whose work with Fleetwood Mac inspired a Glee tribute episode in 2011. “When I was growing up, I was always obsessed with those Stevie Nicks songs like ‘Rhiannon’ and ‘Gypsy,'” the AHS creator told EW last month. “And I remember reading an article where Courtney Love called Stevie Nicks the ‘white witch’ and Grace Slick the ‘dark witch.’ And I have a good relationship with Stevie because of Glee. She is one of the few artists that have come to hang out. She had been writing Lea [Michele] and I regularly since the Cory [Monteith] situation, because she really loved Cory [who passed away in July]. So she’s just a wonderful, wonderful person.”


'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on the latest 'Coven' and plans for season 4 -- EXCLUSIVE



Not surprisingly, Halloween ended quite bloodily on American Horror Story: Coven. Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) fended off a parade of zombies with the help of a chainsaw and poor Myrtle (Frances Conroy) was framed by Fiona (Jessica Lange) and burned at the stake. But is anyone really ever dead on AHS: Coven? EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about “Burn Witch Burn” and his plans for the just-greenlit fourth season.

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on the latest 'Coven' and 'the most shocking thing we've ever done' -- EXCLUSIVE


American Horror Story always pulls out the stops for its Halloween-themed episodes and the most recent Coven was no exception. Human dolls. Voodoo zombies. Leslie Jordan as a man-witch. It was possibly AHS: Coven‘s most surprising (and funny) episode to date. EW broke it down with co-creator Ryan Murphy in our exclusive chat.

'American Horror Story:' Ryan Murphy on the latest 'Coven,' minotaur sex and next week's introduction of...zombies! -- EXCLUSIVE


Sex with a minotaur. Goat blood fertility spells. Patti LuPone. Episode 3 of American Horror Story: Coven, titled “The Replacements,” certainly was not boring. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about all the witchy details as well as what’s in store for next week’s two-part Halloween episode (Zombies!!!!).

'American Horror Story': Was [SPOILER] really killed off on the latest 'Coven?!'


Is Miss Robichaux’s Academy down one student witch? READ FULL STORY

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy on the show's new end game

Last week’s Finn/Cory Monteith farewell episode of Glee was not an easy episode for fans of the usually joy-filled show, but it certainly paid fitting tribute to the young star, who died at 31 in July, and the popular character whom he portrayed. But it also left a large, lingering question: What next?

Well, according to creator Ryan Murphy, he may have finally figured out how to adjust some major pieces of the puzzle in light of the unexpected and devastating event. “The whole [last] year of the show — which will be next year — was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story. I always knew that. I always knew how it would end,” he told reporters before a Paley Center event honoring the FX network Wednesday night in Los Angeles. “I knew what the last shot was — he was in it. I knew what the last line was; she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do.”

Murphy said he thinks he has “a good idea” of what his adjusted end game will look like and plans to pitch it to the studio and network this month. “I think it’s very satisfactory and kind of in his honor, which I love,” he said of the new idea.

More immediately, Murphy, who is also in the middle of production on the current season of American Horror Story: Coven, said the next episodes of Glee will be “a little more traditional because [the tribute] episode was so hard on the cast,” he said. Titled “A Katy or a Gaga,” the Nov. 7 episode has “lots of costumes, a lot of great set pieces,” he added.  

While the music continues on Glee, moving on after Monteith’s death hasn’t been an easy — as one might expect. “It’s hard every day,” Murphy said.  

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy talks the latest episode 'Boy Parts' and Stevie Nicks' influence on 'Coven' -- EXCLUSIVE


The second episode of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven was chock-full of plot developments, including the resurrection of seemingly dead Misty (Lily Rabe) and Kyle (Evan Peters) and the reveal that modern-day Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) has kept alive her minotaur lover! EW talked to Murphy about all the twists and turns as well as a preview of next week’s AHS: Coven.

'Glee' Review: An earnest, flawed tribute to the life (not the death) of Cory Monteith

How do you grieve? Emphasis on the you, not so much the how. There is no one and right way to grieve, and any form of it is going to be messy, awkward, and painful. Glee’s tribute to Cory Monteith — who died in July at the age of 31 from a drug overdose — told a story that marked the passing of the character he played, the good-hearted, comically dim high-school jock Finn Hudson. It was an exploration of grief — and a “self-serving spectacle of our own sadness” to quote the always tactful Sue Sylvester — that was, not surprisingly, messy, awkward and painful. As catharsis for fans of Glee and Monteith, “The Quarterback” was much like Finn himself: Earnest, flawed, a little irritating, winning.

The most conspicuous and debatable choice made by Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk was to deny the audience an explanation for what caused Finn’s death. Speaking through some opening narration by Finn’s glee-club cohort and stepbrother Kurt (Chris Colfer), we were told this information didn’t matter, with a tone that made it sound like it was inappropriate for us to even want to know: “Everyone wants to talk about how he died, but who cares?” It played like a passive-aggressive scold to those who only want to dote on Monteith’s death (and yeah, those people are jerks…), not — to again quote Kurt — “how he lived” (… but like we knew him?). READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on why 'Coven' is the best season

A group of reporters watched a preview screening of American Horror Story: Coven Thursday. Snap judgement: It’s the best — and most accessible (read: least weird) — first episode of AHS‘s three seasons. After the screening, co-creator Ryan Murphy took questions and gave some rather candid answers. I’m going to weed out any big spoilers, but fair warning that this post does discuss some story elements.

The set-up: Taissa Farmiga plays a teenager who discovers she’s a witch and is sent by her mother to a very special New Orleans boarding school for witches run by the rather wicked “supreme” (Jessica Lange) and her prim daughter (Sarah Paulson). Witches, we’re told, fled to the South during the Salem witch trials 300 years ago and established this school for the protection and education of gifted young women. (Expect a Hogwarts joke within the first hour.) Most of them have a single unique power (such as reading minds or telekinesis). We’re also introduced via flashback to Marie Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), who’s based on a real-life socialite and serial killer who tortured black slaves in the early 1800s.

What’s most striking is that the episode feels lighter and funnier than previous seasons, which Murphy says was entirely by design. “I love this season,” Murphy says. “It’s my favorite season we’ve done so far, largely because I love the comedy of it and I think it’s really scary.” Last season Asylum, Murphy notes, was “dark and grim and hard.” Coven, he says, “was designed to be scary, but more fun. I heard a lot last year, ‘Oh we love it, but it’s hard to sit through.’ So I wanted this year to be not so hard to sit through.” The production also had the opportunity to shoot on location in New Orleans rather than in a studio, which gives the show a less claustrophobic feel.

The most grim content is from a cold open flashback to LaLaurie’s torment of her slaves, who are kept in cramped animal cages and suffer all sorts of abuses. “She’s a real woman who did everything in the show and worse,” Murphy says.


'American Horror Story': Creators reveal secrets of 'Asylum'

While we’re counting down the days to Coven‘s premiere, we’re taking a look back at Asylum by revisiting Briarcliff Mental Institution — caning, “The Name Game” and all. For The Writers’ Room, which airs on Sundance Channel, EW sat down with AHS producers Ryan Murphy, Tim Minear and Brad Falchuk to talk Jessica Lange’s influence on the series, the season’s theme and the use of aliens.

Below are some of our favorite revelations about American Horror Story‘s second season. (Spoilers ahead!) READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': See Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in 'Coven,' plus plot details -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS


Image Credit: Michele K. Short/FX

FX’s third installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven has been shrouded in mystery … until now. EW is not only exclusively debuting these images of new stars Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, but also revealing plot detail on the acclaimed series in this week’s Fall TV Preview, on stands now.

The witch-centric Coven, shot on location in New Orleans, once again stars Jessica Lange (alongside several AHS alums) but in a much different role from last year’s glum Sister Jude on AHS: Asylum. In Coven’s universe, Lange’s glam Fiona is the Wicked Witch of the West. Labeled a “Supreme” for her mighty magical abilities, Fiona is witch royalty, descended from Salem spell casters, and has spent recent years using her powers to stay fabulous, like any good aging diva.

'American Horror Story': First 'Coven' clip with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett -- VIDEO

Fans of FX’s American Horror Story finally get their first peek at the cast in the teaser for the latest incarnation of the mini-series, this time subtitled Coven.

Set in New Orleans at a finishing school for young witches, the teaser gives viewers a look at stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, and Jamie Brewer. Watch the clip below:

'American Horror Story': See the new snaky, sexy poster for 'Coven' -- PHOTO


It’s not premiering for a month still, but American Horror Story: Coven has been slowly releasing video teasers to build buzz for its new season, set in New Orleans and focusing on witches. Now, FX has released the first poster for the series (see above) and it’s a doozy with a snake entering and exiting three different women’s mouths.

AHS: Coven debuts Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. on FX and stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, and Patti Lupone.


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