What could be more perfect than adding to the creepiest TV show ever the actress infamous for winning an Oscar as a psychopathic fan in Rob Reiner's 1990 movie "Misery" (based on a book by horror's number one writer Stephen King)? Not much. Horror movies don't win Oscars, right? But Kathy Bates did. And a story on TVLine earlier today reported her addition to the lineup of "American Horror Story" for the FX show's next season, set to premiere in October.
Bates has also won a Golden Globe and earned a Tony and other Oscar nominations along with multiple Emmy nominations. In 2003, she appeared in 10 episodes of the HBO series "Six Feet Under," alongside "American Horror Story" actress Frances Conroy. The two will be together again, since Conroy is slated to return to "AHS" for a third season, along with Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Taissa Farmiga (returning from season one). And season three will reunite Bates with Jessica Lange, a winner of multiple awards, including an Emmy for "AHS." The two both appeared in 1990's "Men Don't Leave" and the 2006 indie pic "Bonneville." After sharing the spotlight the first two seasons, word is that Lange will become the central character in season three.
TVLine reported that Bates will start out as Lange's BFF but turn into her enemy. Will they be casting hexes at one another, since a witch theme remains the most popular theory about the anthology show's third season? Somebody out there even crafted and posted fake promotional materials to that effect. Or might the two Oscar-winning actresses portray powerhouse politicians on Capitol Hill, as others speculate?
"AHS" creator Ryan Murphy has yet to confirm any of the many theories in circulation about the upcoming season's theme. He has said season three will have more romance and glamour and will take place primarily in three U.S. cities in present times (with some shifting back, as done in the previous seasons).
The show's first season, now entitled Murder House, centered on a family living in a very haunted house in California, while the second season, entitled Asylum (which featured many of the same actors in different - and often opposite - roles), took place in a Boston institution. While waiting for Murphy to dish more about the upcoming season, click here to watch a retrospective on season two, aptly entitled, "Inside the Asylum - Briarcliff: In Memoriam."