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Frances Conroy Joins Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story Pilot
I should get this out of the way...I don't watch Glee. I tried really hard at the beginning to get into it because, if nothing else, I admire the guts it takes to put a musical on prime-time television. And what do you know, I may not have climbed on board, but the guts turned into glory as Glee has become a cultural phenomenon (hell, they've got more Billboard No. 1s than The Beatles) and turned Ryan Murphy into a household name.
Then he directed Eat Pray Love (which was widely regarded, by myself included, as terrible and trite) and opened his big, arrogant mouth, first chastising Modern Family's gay relationship before basically announcing that if your band won't let his show use your music, you're the devil (I may have paraphrased). For one instance of Murphy's inability to mind his business, you can read Katey's post on his Modern Family rant.
Despite all this, his next project, the FX pilot American Horror Story, is getting as much press as his mouth, and has many people waiting with high hopes. First they signed Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton to play the leads, and now, with Jessica Lange and Dennis O'Hare already on board in supporting roles, they've added two more the cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge have joined the hour-long drama from Murphy and writing partner Brad Fulchuk. The two actresses will be playing the same role (presumably one the younger version and the other the older), "Moira O'Hara, a housekeeper who has worked at the haunted home at the center of the drama for years." Sounds interesting? Conroy is best known for her work on Six Feet Under while Breckenridge was on the TV series Life Unexpected.
The thriller centers on husband and wife Ben (The Practice's Dylan McDermott) and Vivien Harmon (Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton) who move their family from Boston to a haunted San Francisco home in an attempt to rebuild their family after a miscarriage and affair.
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