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Michael Chiklis joins 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

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On Friday, March 28 Entertainment Weekly reported that actor Michael Chiklis will be joining the cast of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," the fourth season of the popular horror miniseries which airs on FX. The actor, who has not appeared on any of the previous seasons, will play the father of Evan Peters character and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates' character.

Chiklis joins a cast that already includes Sarah Paulson. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Francis Conroy, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates. The new season will take place at a freak show carnival in the 1950s in Florida. Lange will be a German ex-pat who collects the outcasts and controls the acts. The thirteen episode season was renewed last year and is expected to begin filming this summer with a fall release date.

Chiklis is most well known for playing the lead role of Detective Vic Mackey on the television drama "The Shield," which ran for seven seasons on FX. He also played Vincent Savino on "Vegas" for two seasons. The actor is also well known as Ben Grimm/The Thing in "The Fantastic Four," despite heavy computer generated imaging and makeup.

Show creator Ryan Murphy officially announced the new subtitle for the show earlier this week and this is the first casting announcement for the fourth season. More and more information about the characters and new cast members should be coming in the next few weeks as the series prepares to film in New Orleans or Santa Fe.

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