This year's PaleyFest honored actors and creators from FX series "American Horror Story" with the prime spot of the Fest's final panel, which ended just minutes ago. Show Creator Ryan Murphy verified the witch theme by revealing next season's title: "American Horror Story: Coven." He also confirmed that the new season will shoot in several locations, including New Orleans. Besides Murphy, the panel included Co-Creator Brad Falchuk, Executive Producers Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear, and show stars Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Naomi Grossman, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters and surprise guest Kathy Bates, who will appear in season three.
Previously, actor Dylan McDermott, who played Ben in season one (Murder House) and Johnny in season two (Asylum), hinted at Salem witches as part of the upcoming season three, which will begin next October. Later, actress Conroy, who played the elder Moira in Murder House and the Angel of Death in Asylum, confirmed rumors of New Orleans as a setting for next season. Conroy is slated to appear in 10 of season three's 13 episodes.
Other actors returning include Lange, Rabe, Peters, Paulson, and Taissa Farmiga, with the addition of Oscar-winner Bates for season three. Zap2It speculated (in a previously published story) that Bates may portray Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie, who tortured and murdered black slaves in the early 1800s.
Just last month, Lou Eyrich won the Costume Designers Guild Award for the show. Lange won a Satellite Award, SAG, Golden Globe and Emmy for her portrayal of Constance in Murder House and, for the same season, the show won the Best Genre Series Satellite Award, a Hairstyling Emmy and a Bram Stoker Writers Association award for the final episode Afterbirth. Asylum already won a Golden Reel sound editing award for its opening episode Welcome to Briarcliff and has been nominated for several others.
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