The first two episodes of FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse lacked even a hint of the highly-touted crossover spectacle the season was promised to feature. Well, that moment finally comes in the last two minutes of Episode Three, after Michael Landon (Cody Fern) kills off the entire new cast (except for Kathy Bates’ Miriam, because- surprise!- she’s a robot now), and the witches from Season Three’s Coven waltz into view. By Episode Four, we’re knee-deep in crossover territory, right down to an unexpected return to American Horror Story: Hotel‘s Hotel Cortez. Fortunately, all of the returning faces of yesteryear- including Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe- don’t slow down the progression of the story and, despite the occasional flashback, actually end up keeping things moving forward. And, while there’s no shortage of ridiculousness to go around, this manages to be one of the most engaging seasons of American Horror Story in years.
Season Nine of FX’s American Horror Story is upon us, and the apocalypse has never looked so dreary! Trading in cavernous asylums, gothic mansions, and backwoods freak shows for a claustrophobic candle-lit labyrinth, the series heads in a different direction while still promising a glimpse or two at the past. The season opens with the always-incredible Billy Eichner running through the streets of L.A. as if he’s hosting a segment of Billy on the Street. It turns out that mankind has finally triggered the end times, and everyone must fend for themselves. That is, everyone but the ultra-rich and those with impeccable DNA. In a scene that looks like it would feel right at home in an episode of Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, a mysterious group arrives at a family’s doorstep and demands to take one of their boys to save him from the nuclear fallout. So series newcomer Kyle Allen’s character, Timothy Campbell, is whisked away to a mysterious compound while his family probably contemplates if they even need to respond to his UCLA acceptance letter that just came in the mail. The first episode sets up the premise of the season quickly, and before we know it we’re right in the middle of all the action- which takes place in a Bauhaus-inspired shelter run by a mysterious group called The Cooperative. What follows is what can best be described as an “acquired taste,” as viewers are- for better or for worse- quickly drawn into the typical trappings of the franchise. read more
One of the most popular elements of American Horror Story when it debuted in 2011 was the complicated romance of young Violet and Tate, played by Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters respectively. We now have definitive evidence that American Horror Story: Apocalypse– the upcoming crossover season featuring characters from Murder House and Cult– will continue their story. Showrunner Ryan Murphy posted a new image of the star-crossed lovers in an Instagram post entitled, “Tate and Violet: Together forever?”: read more
American Horror Story fans’ minds were collectively blown in November of 2016 when they learned that Sarah Paulson would be playing two different characters in American Horror Story: Roanoke. If only they had some way of knowing that- less than two years later- the talented actress would play three different characters in a single season… and also direct one of its episodes!
E! News reports that Paulson will play Billie Dean Howard of Murder House, Cordelia Goode of Coven, and a new character named Venable in American Horror Story: Apocalypse; and that it was first announced during the 2018 TV Critics Association press tour that she would also be making her directorial debut in the new season. The episode will be the sixth in the season and it will star Jessica Lange, among others. read more
Showrunner Ryan Murphy is pulling out all the stops as we get closer and closer to the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Last week, he shared a cast reunion photo from the Coven season, and now he’s going back to the beginning with a new shot of two-thirds of the Harmon family of Murder House fame. Apocalypse will be a crossover event, featuring themes and characters from both of the aforementioned seasons, and the news up to this point suggests that nearly every actor and actress will return to his or her original role(s). Murphy’s latest teaser image appeared in Istagram. The shot features Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott as Vivien and Ben Harmon inside of the iconic Murder House: read more
It looks like Taissa Farmiga will be pulling double-duty on the upcoming season of American Horror Story! According to Entertainment Weekly, Farmiga (The Nun) will be following in co-star Jessica Lange’s footsteps and portraying two separate roles (from previous seasons) in AHS: Apocalypse on FX. This announcement adds intrigue to the much-anticipated new season of the show, which already features a murderer’s row of former cast members.
Farmiga had previously let the show’s fans know on social media that she’d be once again be playing the witch Zoe from AHS:Coven. However, EW reports that she will also be portraying her role as Violet from the very first season, entitled Murder House. The character cross-over makes sense, as Apocalypse will tie-in all previous seasons of the hit show which debuted back in 2011. The producers have used many of the same actors and actresses in multiple seasons, but playing different roles. Apocalypse will see the return of Hollywood royalty Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Connie Britton, Stevie Nicks, Dylan McDermott and many others. It will also see the debut of new cast member Joan Collins. read more
Ryan Murphy just made a legion of American Horror Story: Coven fans happy! To hype up the upcoming premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the prolific showrunner took to Twitter to share a reunion photo of the cast of Coven in character. The shot includes Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Stevie Nicks, Lily Rabe, and Emma Roberts:
The Coven Returns. What a thrilling night with the legend Stevie Nicks on the set of AHS. pic.twitter.com/wsI1FlfN1W
As we near closer to the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse on FX, the details of the series’ returning stars just keeps getting better and better! Just four days ago, we learned that Jessica Lange would be returning for Apocalypse; and today’s reveal means that even more actresses from the third season will return for the Murder House/Coven crossover.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy just announced via Twitter that Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and Stevie Nicks will all appear in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. read more
American Horror Story’s eighth season may be called Apocalypse… but today’s news makes it seem like a better title may be Rebirth! In just one day, we’ve learned that fan-favorite and original star of the show, Jessica Lange, has returned to the series for Season Eight, and the franchise has been renewed for a tenth season before a single episode of the eighth one has hit the airwaves.
Variety reports that Sarah Paulson let it slip at the TCA summer press tour that Jessica Lange will indeed reprise her role as Constance Langdon in the Murder House/Coven crossover that begins this September. Lange “retired” from the series after Season Four, Freak Show, and at the time it didn’t seem likely that she would ever return. At this time, it’s unclear how large of a role Lange will play in the upcoming season; but Constance was arguably the star of the original Murder House season, so it’s likely that Lange will be prominently featured this season. read more
Alex Garland- the visionary writer/director behind such films as Ex Machina and Annihilation– is set to focus his attention on the small screen for an upcoming technological thriller project with FX.
Variety reports that FX has officially ordered an 8 episode run of Devs, a murder mystery which takes places within a nefarious big tech company. According to their report, the television series, “follows a young computer engineer, Lily Chan, as she investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, whom she believes are behind the murder of her boyfriend.” read more