American Horror Story: Hotel premieres this week, and early casting information has given us a few clues about the terrors we can expect as the hit FX series enters its fifth season. Among the new cast of characters are Lily Rabe’s Aileen Wuornos, inspired by the real-life serial killer previously portrayed by Charlize Theron in Monster. That’s not the only bit of true life horror that has inspired Hotel, nor is it the only time American Horror Story has taken inspiration from real, terrifying events. Here, we take a look back at some of the more notable American horror stories that have been used in the four previous seasons, as well as a couple of true stories that we can anticipate in Hotel.
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It’s hard to dislike Taylor Swift, the rare pop star whose entire public persona seems to be built upon the fact that she’s gracious toward her passionate fans and a warrior for hard-working artists who just want to get paid for their work. It’s easy to join the cult of Taylor — even if her music isn’t for you, she seems like good people. But what happens when the entire world devotes their lives to their new pop idol master? SNL’s fake trailer for The Squad gives us an answer.
SNL has never been afraid to skewer politicians, taking aim at their policies and personal problems in equal measure. However, the show has also never been afraid to let those politicians appear on the show itself to prove that they’re good sports who can take a joke. Last night’s season premiere brought Hillary Clinton on stage to have an extended interaction with, well, Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of her.
Donald Trump feels less like an actual human being and more like a comedic monster dreamed up in the SNL writers room, so bringing him into the sketch comedy fray should have been easy. Heck, casting the generally brilliant Taran Killam as the loudmouthed Presidential hopeful is just about perfect. So how did it work out?
SNL is back! Season 41 kicks off with famed tongue-wagging pop star Miley Cyrus pulling double duty as both host and musical guest, and regardless of how you feel about her music career, the last time Cyrus hosted was a total delight. New featured player Jon Rudnitsky makes his debut in the premiere, which leans heavy on the political content and offers a decent — though not nearly great — first outing for the season. Read on for our official ranking of this week's sketches!
Marvel’s Jessica Jones has taken an unusual approach to early promotion, only releasing its first photos and teasers a month or so before the premiere, leaving us to fill in the gap. Now, we know that acclaimed Orange is the New Black and Dexter director S.J. Clarkson will helm the first two installments, also acting as executive producer.
The moment The Flash first teased that Golden Age speedster Jay Garrick would join Barry Allen for Season 2, we knew the cheeky CW series couldn’t resist recreating some classic comic moments. Now, those photos come to life, as Barry and and a fully-costumed Jay rescue Patty Spivot in first photos from “Flash of Two Worlds.”
What, you thought Lethal Weapon the only iconic ‘80s property getting the TV reboot treatment today? What a story, Mark. In any case, there’s no inventing around this one, as Furious 7 helmer James Wan has in mind to reboot MacGyver for CBS, at long last.
Since Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3 and Lethal Weapon 4 were seemingly not enough, a new series based on the 1987 action movie starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover is in the works at Fox.
Season 2 of The Leftovers, which premieres on HBO this Sunday, has drastically changed things up from Sthe grief-heavy Season 1. After the first season reached the ending of Perrotta’s book (though Perrotta remains an executive producer), Lindelof’s series is now free to further explore other, larger areas of the story. The first three episodes of the new season, which were provided in advance to press, do exactly that.