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

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

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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.

'The Writers' Room': 'American Horror Story' producers on the return of horror to TV -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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FX’s Emmy-nominated American Horror Story is one of the scariest and most ambitious series ever to hit the small screen. It also is part of a horror renaissance on television that includes AMC’s The Walking Dead, Fox’s The Following, and Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. On tonight’s season finale of Entertainment Weekly and The Sundance Channel’s behind-the-scene series The Writers’ Room, AHS‘ writer/producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear join star Lily Rabe to discuss the terrifying series and, in this exclusive clip, why viewers love being scared. Watch below…

The Writers’ Room airs at 10pm on The Sundance Channel. Season three of American Horror Story, this time subtitled Coven, premieres on Oct. 9 at 10pm on FX.

'Glee': Ryan Murphy says Finn won't die from a drug overdose

Finn Hudson won’t die of a drug overdose, Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced Thursday via an interview with Deadline.

Murphy shared that the Glee crew has been hard at work figuring out how to write Finn Hudson out of the show. As was previously reported, Murphy shared that the first two episodes of the Fox dramedy will be a long-in-the-works Beatles tribute that only needed some slight reworking in the wake of this tragedy.

The third episode of the season will be the memorial episode for Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson. “There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death?” Murphy said. “At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee' family gathers to remember Cory Monteith

Glee doesn’t start production on season 5 until next month, but on Thursday, the close-knit cast and crew got together for a private memorial in honor of Cory Monteith, who was found dead July 13 at age 31.

“Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith,” Fox said in a statement to EW. “We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.”

Following Monteith’s tragic death, production on the new season was delayed, as was the season premiere, which is now set for Thursday, Sept. 26, a week later than originally scheduled.

Ryan Murphy addresses decision to continue with 'Glee'

Glee showrunner and creator Ryan Murphy gave an in-depth interview to E! in which he discussed how Cory Monteith’s real-life girlfriend Lea Michele was the main reason the show will resume next month despite Monteith’s untimely death on July 13. “Ultimately, the person who made the decision was Lea, who felt that the best thing for the cast and crew was to be together and to get back to work and be together every day and talk about our memories of him,” Murphy said. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone join season 3's 'Coven'

Ryan Murphy is assembling quite a powerful group of women to round out the cast of American Horror Story: Coven, the third installment of his FX anthology series. The AHS co-creator took to Twitter yesterday to announce that Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone would both be joining the third season, set to debut in October and believed to center around witches. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe signs on for season 3

American Horror Story‘s season three Coven is slowly adding new members: AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter today to announce that Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) will be joining the cast of the third season of the FX hit. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' First Look: Blaine checks out engagement rings for Kurt! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Gleeks, this one is gonna get you misty-eyed: EW has an exclusive first look at the Glee season finale, airing May 9 at 9 p.m., in which Blaine (Darren Criss) goes engagement-ring shopping for Kurt (Chris Colfer)! Commence swooning. Does this mean that Blaine will pop the question?

While at the store, Blaine meets an employee, played by guest-star Patty Duke, who’s part of a long-term lesbian couple (the other half is played by Family Ties‘ Meredith Baxter). The pair befriend Blaine and Kurt and give them some advice on love.

Read more: 
Darren Criss announces ‘Listen up…’ summer tour (and a solo album!)
‘Glee’ shock: Renewed for two more seasons!
‘Glee Project’ to consider renewal

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'American Idol' eliminated contestant: 'I'm trying to contact Ryan Murphy'

Does it hurt more when Randy Jackson tells you you’re not being saved? Or when Ryan Seacrest tells you it’s time to go home?

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Ryan Murphy sells sexy pilot to HBO

How many scripted series can one man shepherd at the same time? For Ryan Murphy, at least, the answer may soon be “four.” EW has confirmed that the mastermind behind Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal has sold yet another pilot: Open, a “modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships” co-written with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis. HBO has ordered the pilot; Deadline first reported the sale Wednesday night.

This marks the cable net’s second project with Murphy. His TV movie adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart will premiere in 2014, the same year that could also see the third installment of AHS (subtitled Coven), the fifth of Glee, and the second of The New Normal, assuming the latter two are picked up for additional seasons.

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Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, and Frank Ocean make annual OUT Power 50 list
‘The Glee Project’ isn’t canceled, says Oxygen
‘Glee’ guru Ryan Murphy shopping sex show

'The New Normal': Justin Bartha talks tonight's episode on the Boy Scouts' gay ban

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NBC’s The New Normal definitely does not shy away from tackling social issues and, in tonight’s episode, the Ryan Murphy-Ali Adler comedy takes on the Boy Scouts and their ban on gay members. It’s a timely topic — Madonna just criticized the organization’s policy a few weeks ago at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York (and even dressed up in a Scout uniform).

Normal approaches the controversy from the perspective of Justin Bartha’s David. “David is an Eagle Scout and you’re an Eagle Scout for life,” says Bartha. “Since they’re having a boy, he is very much interested in looking back at his time with the Boy Scouts and kind of getting back into it because he’s very proud of his membership and what he learned. Then, that current topic of sexuality within the Boy Scouts is raised. But it’s not dealt with in a preachy way. It’s brought up and it’s open for a conversation as hopefully the show will be.” EW talked to Bartha about the hot-button episode. READ FULL STORY

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