First it was (unofficially) “Murder House,” then “Asylum” and now the next installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology FX mini-series “American Horror Series” will go by the sub-title “Coven,” as revealed last night by the multi-talented producer at the close of the annual “PaleyFest.”
Murphy was expected to reveal a few choice details about “AHS’s” new season and fans in attendance were not disappointed; especially when new cast-member Kathy Bates made a surprise appearance. While producers usually like to remain secretive about their upcoming plans for the show, they also love to doll out small newsworthy items along the way to keep their fans happy.
In addition to the subtitle reveal, Murphy also announced the show would for the for the first time tape outside Los Angeles, by going on location to New Orleans. Steeped in folklore and mystery itself, the city was a natural choice according to the television visionary who is also behind “Nip/Tuck,” “The New Normal” and “Glee.”
Of course Murphy held back on anything related to the installment's actual plot, but that didn’t stop Bates and series star Jessica Lange from discussing what they hoped for in the upcoming season which as previously revealed will feature the actresses as one-time friends turned enemies.
As per tradition, Lange who won a Emmy for her work on the show’s debut edition, and returning cast members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Francis Conroy and Taissa Farmiga, will again take on entirely different characters and personalities than anything they’ve portrayed on the previous editions of the series in the past.
While Murphy was tight-lipped on specifics, he did at least offer the following tease to audience members:
"That's certainly something that's going to be in the water for season three. You're going to see a very different tone in season three, but that's the joy of the show. I think as a person right now, I do feel lighter and wanting to embrace something a little bit more fun."
“American Horror Story” will return this October on FX.