"American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy announced Friday night that the next season of the FX hit will be set in New Orleans, and feature witches. Numerous past stars from previous seasons will return, including Jessica Lange, and Kathy Bates has been confirmed to make her debut for Season 3.
Murphy made his announcement at PaleyFest, although the witches theme had previously leaked out, causing fans to think it would be in Salem this time around, and even inspiring some very convincing fake promos. The subtitle for this season is "Coven" -- each season has its own theme and self-contained storyline, re-inventing itself with the next season. Season 1 was the LA murder house, and Season 2 was an insane asylum.
Murphy said the show will forego soundstages to shoot on location this year, and filming begins this summer. He also confirmed what pretty much the rest of us are thinking with the news of Bates joining the cast.
"The only thing I'll say about the part is, you know, I wanted to see a lot of scenes with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates going at it," Murphy said about Bates' upcoming role. "So, that's what you're going to see."
Murphy has also said Lange will play a "glamour cat" in the new season, which Lange denied knowing much about. But if witches have cats for familiars, could it be Lange will have a distinct feline quality to her character this season? Perhaps a bit of shape-shifting?
Oh, the possibilities are endless, and will keep us speculating till the series debuts this fall.