As the spring season turns nature bright and colorful again, leaving the blustery grays of winter in the past, it's the perfect time for American Horror Story updates to come around and darken things back up. Today marks the first time a new cast member has been announced for Season 7 of FX's horror anthology series, and Ryan Murphy is bringing in comedy actor and noted hollerer Billy Eichner for the still mysterious election-centered new tale. Let's go see what people on the street think about this excellent choice!
Billy Eichner, who is currently the frontman of both the unscripted randomness that is truTV's Billy on the Street and Hulu's biting satire Difficult People, has one of the more ridiculous early descriptions for any season's character. He'll play a near and dear friend to Sarah Paulson's character that wears a set of "mysterious tank tops." I am fairly certain that no other American Horror Story character has had tank tops enter into the conversation of biggest character traits. Definitely wasn't the case for John Carroll Lynch's Twisty. What makes them mysterious? Is it the material? The words on the clothes? Inquiring minds need to know!
Though he's not a series regular, Deadline reports Billy Eichner will be of the heavily recurring variety. It hasn't been confirmed, but he's said to be appearing in six or seven episodes of Season 7, which is locked in for eleven installments this year. I don't know if I can handle Eichner making it all the way through American Horror Story without being involved in one of the show's most gratuitously weird death scenes. One that's full of yelling and hollering and howling and all the synonymous noises.
Along with being the first New-To-AHS cast member, Billy Eichner is the third actor overall to be confirmed for Season 7, which will supposedly kick things off on Election Night and then spin a downward spiral immediately after. In direct opposition to last year's militantly-secretive American Horror Story: Roanoke, Ryan Murphy was quick to announce franchise faves Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were the first to sign on for another year. And we're likely not far away from hearing at least a dozen more reports about returning cast members like Lily Rabe, Kathy Bates and Denis O'Hare, not to mention other series newbies. Last year introduced a trio of serious actors into the fold -- Cuba Gooding Jr., André Holland and Adina Porter -- so I'm certainly hoping Eichner's casting means more funny folks are coming. We need David Cross involved.
With Billy on the Street's web-based popularity getting Eichner's name out there, he found network stardom on NBC's Parks and Recreation and has gone on in roles for Hairspray Live!, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Angry Birds Movie and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, to name a few. He'll soon be seen in another recurring role for Nicholas Stoller's Netflix comedy series Friends from College.
We cannot wait to see all the tank tops that Billy Eichner's new character has stored up, and we'll likely see it happening around September, when Season 7 hits FX. For more info about the upcoming narrative, head to our comprehensive Season 7 guide, and then check out our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV schedule to see what the small screen will conjure up in the coming months.