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If you’ve been really tuned in to American Horror Story, you may already know that Jessica Lange has been planning for Freak Show to be her last appearance in the popular FX series. Lange’s such an integral part of the American Horror Story franchise, it’s tough to imagine the series without her, and luckily for fans, Ryan Murphy is not willing to let go of his leading lady without a fight.
Ryan Murphy is a pretty loyal guy, and if he finds a network or studio he likes, he will often continue to work with that network or studio. In the past, he’s worked on multiple projects with HBO, and now, Murphy’s signing on for another TV series with FX. FX has picked up American Crime Story, a new show that will have similarities to American Horror Story in title and format.
Psycho clowns, bearded ladies and lobster hands are only clawing the surface of American Horror Story: Freak Show's erratically mature new storyline. Come on down for the sights and sounds, and tell the ticket lady Jimmy Darling sent you.
It was a little surprising that the director eventually got the project off the ground with HBO rather than making The Normal Heart big screen endeavor like Running with Scissors or Eat, Pray Love, but HBO has always been on the cutting edge of television, and the new trailer for The Normal Heart seems to prove that picking up the project was probably the right call.
Ryan Murphy has been known to deliver some of the most ghastly imagery on television through FX’s American Horror Story, but he’s walking in a completely different shadow of darkness for his upcoming HBO film The Normal Heart, which focuses on the spread of AIDS through New York City in the early 1980s.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t already start thinking about the series’ fourth season and what kind of a horrific mash-up creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have coming. After a recent rumor surfaced that it would be another period piece, Murphy himself has come out saying the fourth season will be “set in 1950.” Can we assume that it will focus on Charles Schulz and the crafting of his classic Peanuts comic strip? Probably not.
Ryan Murphy’s FOX musicomedy/after-school special, Glee is about to hit one of the most sought-after milestones in TV, and there’s far more than a parade going on: it’s a goddamn veritable smorgasbord of characters. Murphy has very publicly announced (either because he’s the king of casting overshares or as a way to strong-arm everyone into involvement) on Twitter that he’s inviting everyone back for the show’s 100th episode.
Praise all things witchy and wonderful because the Queen of ethereal vibes and otherworldly talent, Stevie Nicks, is twirling her way (scarf and all) into a guest spot on FX’s recently renewed for a fourth season miniseries saga, American Horror Story: Coven. Because of course she is! This is the most logical casting news we’ve ever heard for a series, given Nick's namecheck in the first episode of the third season by fellow witch (oh yeah — in AHS, Nicks is a real deal witch), Misty Day. This is going to be good.
Glee Will End With Season 6, Ryan Murphy Planning A Finale That's 'Kind Of' In Cory Monteith's Honor
We learned last Spring that Glee had been renewed for Season 5 and 6. Beyond that, the fate of the series was unknown, but a two-season renewal ensured fans that the musical dramedy would be around for at least two more years, which is more assurance than most drama series get. And then Cory Monteith died.
Cory Monteith's death still seems too sad to be real. Unfortunately, it is real, and with the fall season approaching, we're left to wonder how the actor's demise will impact Glee, and how the writers would write Finn out of the show. Ryan Murphy has revealed the answer to that mystery - mystery being the key word. Finn's death won't be explained in specifics.
Minear points out there are two kinds of witches in the world, and says this series will also focus on witches fleeing Salem and migrating south, creating about as many mainstream roles for females as any show I can think of.
After casting two males for his HBO pilot Open, Ryan Murphy has secured two very familiar female faces for the project. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Fringe's Anna Torv have reportedly signed on for the cast of the relationship-driven pilot, joining previously cast Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley.
On one hand, the thought of a "sex and relationships pilot" in development for HBO conjures an unsettling flashback of Tell Me You Love Me, a scripted series that inched a bit too close to reality with the up-close-and-personal approach it took to the featured couples' relationship drama and sexual issues. But on the other hand, it's impossible not to be curious about what Ryan Murphy might have up his sleeve next.
Ryan Murphy has a pretty good track record with getting projects to series, even if those shows inevitably get cancelled after just one season, like The New Normal. The prolific producer and creator’s latest is Open, an HBO drama featuring an ensemble cast that will focus on topics related to relationships. The subscription cable network got a hold of the pilot rights in April, and now the pilot has signed on its very first cast member: Wes Bentley.
On Sunday, showrunner Ryan Murphy spoke out to discuss the show’s newest castings and according to the prolific producer, Jumping the Broom actress Angela Bassett and Tony Award-winning Patti LuPone will both appear in American Horror Story: Coven.