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Freak Show subtitle for 'American Horror Story' season 4

Ryan Murphy and Jessica Lange - she'll be back for season 4 of 'American Horror Story.'
Photo by Christopher Polk

So the carnival rumors were true. Earlier today, "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy tweeted, "American Horror Story Season Four" with a picture, revealing next fall's upcoming theme as Freak Show.

Season four will be set in Jupiter, Florida, in the 1950s. Jessica Lange will play the German manager of the show, which will include Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and Frances Conroy, according to an Entertainment Weekly article published this afternoon. Also, Denis O'Hare and Emma Roberts are in talks to return. More may be revealed at the "AHS" panel at PaleyFest on Friday night.

Lange, Paulson, Peters and Conroy have appeared in all three seasons of the show, while Bassett, Bates and Roberts were newcomers for last season, Coven. O'Hare appeared in seasons one and three.

As an anthology show, the plot, setting and characters change each season. The show premiered in 2011 with Murder House, set in a very haunted house in modern day California. Season two, Asylum, featured serial killer Bloody Face and took place in a Catholic run mental institution in Boston in the 1960s, while the most recent season Coven took witches to New Orleans in the present day.

Fans are going to have to wait to learn more about next fall's installment. At least now they can gear up for oddities and prepare to get their freak on.

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