“Yes, I’m done. We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I’ve loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, the stories, everything. It was my absolute favorite. We had a great run.” These are the words uttered by AHS star Jessica Lange confirming that she will not be a part of the cast for the fifth installment of the AHS series.
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Speaking at their annual PaleyFest panel, Lange confirmed her departure from the series while two new cast members were announced – White Collar’s Matt Bomer and 30 Rock’s Cheyenne Jackson who will both be joining Lady Gaga for the new season.
Any other information regarding the AHS: Hotel series was kept quiet.
AHS: Hotel will consist of 13 episodes and begin in October on FX.
Aside from the new title, theme, Gaga’s casting and the premiere month of October, no other news has been announced regarding the show. Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts are currently working on other Ryan Murphy projects (American Crime Story and Scream Queens respectively) and series leader Jessica Lange’s possible involvement with season 5 is still unknown.
While noting Freak Show would be her last outing, Lange did reveal to E! back in November that she could be willing to return.
Your chance to have your very own Fiona Goode or Misty Day 12″ figure is just around the corner as high end fashion doll company Integrity Toys announced they have acquired the licence to the bewitching third series of American Horror Story – Coven.
From the official press release:
December 2nd, 2014: As audiences enjoy the debut of the latest instalment of the AMERICAN HORROR STORY saga on television, Integrity Toys, Inc., under license from Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, is thrilled to announce a partnership to produce high-end collectible dolls based on the various characters of fan-favorite COVEN, the iconic third season of the AMERICAN HORROR STORY series.
Pop Culture enthusiasts and fans of the hit TV series alike will be thrilled to take home these intricate collector dolls based on their favorite characters of the bewitching third season of the show! Currently in development, the dolls, slated for release in mid-2015, will be based on the actual likeness of the key characters each dressed in quality miniature replicas of some of their iconic looks from the show. The first dolls are expected to be unveiled in the Spring of 2015 and to ship in Summer 2015.
Integrity Toys are no stranger to creating products from well known sources with releases of 12″ articulated dolls from Saturday Night Fever to Barefoot in the Park and the hugely popular 80’s cartoon JEM. This AHS Coven license will however be the first time the company have ventured into modern pop culture.
If Integrity happen to release a Fiona Goode, Misty Day and Myrtle Snow then i’m on board! To be kept upto date on the release of these figures, sign up to Integrity Toys mailing list here!
“It’s kooky and it’s freaky and it’s a little bit creepy. Freak Show delivers a visual treat”
Disturbingly brilliant with a warped visual excellence…and an insane killer clown. It’s the easiest way to describe what American Horror Story: Freak Show is all about.
Set in 1950’s Jupiter, Florida, German ex-pat Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange – welcome back) has dreams of stardom. Her somewhat jaded dreams have led her to become the proprietor of a freak show attraction (which she aptly named “Fraulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities”) that is struggling to bring in the crowds and the dollars. Her troupe of oddities includes bearded lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates rocking a very convincing Canadian accent) and her son Jimmy (the underrated Evan Peters) who has a penchant for dressing like Marlon Brando and has deformed hands (that are also good for pleasuring bored housewives).
After discovering the existence of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler (Sarah Paulson), Elsa sets out to convince the twins to join her troupe believing these girls will change her fortunes.
Lange from the onset owns. She just owns. AHS has been an incredible journey for her and with Elsa Mars, Lange once again gets to sink her teeth into a faded wannabe, reaching for stars that were never really in reach. A snarly beauty who blends the lines of mother and abuse of her ‘monsters’. As Elsa crows in the first episode “My monsters are the beautiful, heroic ones, they provide a laugh or a fright to people who need entertainment.” Paulson here, can finally lay claim to her co-lead status as twins Bette and Dot. The visuals for the twins are seamless and Paulson flawlessly gives both Bette and Dot identifying quirks and qualities that will have you picking a favorite of the two very quickly.
There’s also a very prominent side story which is most likely to give every viewer a new-found fear of clowns as it appears there’s a psychotic clown roaming around Jupiter who has a penchant for murder and collecting children.
AHS Creator Ryan Murphy has a knack for bringing to life the stories of outsiders which was so wonderfully created in the form of the excellent Asylum and the hit and miss Covenso the task of telling the tale of a band of circus freaks in 1950’s Florida feels like a natural step forward. With Freak Show, Murphy takes a step closer to the darkness that enveloped Asylum and steps away from the more modern and glossy Coven – which could be seen as a risky move considering Coven has been the most successful AHS series to date.
Amid all it’s over-saturated landscape, watch out for a certain scene that will delight AHS devotees – Jessica Lange clad in a powder blue suit bathed in copious amounts of blue eye shadow belting out a rendition of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.
To be sure, there is nothing like Freak Show on TV.
American Horror Story Freak Show begins tonight, 9:30pm on Eleven.
Roll up roll up, get your tickets here! See the famous bearded lady, the mystical three breasted beauty, the strong man and the two headed woman! Yes, the American Horror Story: Freak Show official full length trailer is finally here and it’s looking to be like everything we could hope for, for this new series!
How fantastic! Hollywood Reporter released the first exclusive look at the cast art for AHS Freak Show and it looks incredible! Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars front a centre, Sarah Paulson Bette and Dot Tattler, Michael Chiklis as The Strong Man Wendell Del Toredo, Kathy Bates as The Bearded Woman Effil Darling with Angela Bassett and Francis Conroy both featured as well!
To date, the only thing we really know about any of the characters that will be appearing in the new American Horror Story Freak Show is that Jessica Lange ‘has been practicing her German accent’. It’s not much to go on, but we have been clinging onto that little piece of info like it’s our last scrap of food.
Now, thanks to AHS regular Sarah Paulson, we have been given something than a little more than a shred of info…
In an interview with E! News earlier this week, Paulson said that her reaction to reading the first script was two words: “Holy shit!“ and the actress described the fourth season as a hybrid between the previous two “AHS” seasons, “Coven” and “Asylum.” “There’s going to be a little bit of a richer and potentially darker tone the way ‘Asylum’ had, but with the humor infused from ‘Coven,'” Paulson said.
So now we can add this little gem to the rest of what we know: “Freak Show” will be set in Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s, Jessica Lange will play a German ex-pat running a carnival with Denis O’Hare playing her rival collector of freaks, and Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and other “AHS” favorites are also expected to return.