FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ has admittedly struggled a bit in recent seasons, ‘Freak Show’ displaying some initial promise over the directionless ‘Coven,’ but similarly losing steam before this week’s coming finale. Now, with a fifth season confirmed for the fall, FX brass says claims the next cycle may reinvent the series far more than any previous.
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FX’s ‘Fargo’ season 2 dropped a tundra full of new cast members on us the other week, but the latest addition to the snowy series might trump them all. Speaking from the TCA, FX heads offered new details on the second season of FX’s Emmy-winning ‘Fargo,’ including period themes to be explored, and a juicy part for future president Ronald Reagan himself.
Louis C.K. years earlier broke our hearts with the news that FX’s ‘Louie’ season 4 would be pushed to 2014, and while season 5 will have its own caveat of reduced episodes, we’ll have the Emmy-winning dramedy back even sooner than we hoped. ‘Louie’ season 5 has set its official April premiere, while FX has also plotted the debuts of Billy Crystal’s ‘The Comedians’ and 2014 breakout ‘You’re the Worst.’
For four seasons now, without fail, the penultimate episode of ‘American Horror Story’ has always delivered. Tonight’s episode of ‘Freak Show’ is no different, except in that it stumbles perhaps more than the others, the dark humor and melodrama wrestling with the horror in ways that can be a little jarring—and not in a great way. But “Show Stoppers” does feature at least a couple of show-stopping numbers, and it’s the kind of stuff that our old pal Dr. Hans Gruber’s dreams are made of.
News of FX’s ‘Fargo’ season 2 had proven slow outside the casting of ‘Breaking Bad’ star Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst, but like a Brainerd snowfall, it’ll bury us all, you betcha! Not only has Patrick Wilson joined the cast as our new Lou Solverson, but so too will the ‘Insidious’ star be joined by Ted Danson, ‘Parks and Rec’'s Nick Offerman, Kieran Culkin, Brad Garrett…it’s a lot, okay? There’s a gosh-darn lot of ‘em.
We were willing to laugh it off when Ryan Murphy’s FX ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ cast Ross Geller as Kim Kardashian’s dad, even considering the merits of Cuba Gooding Jr. as the titular defendant, and ‘AHS’ leading lady Sarah Paulson as his prosecutor. Now, John Travolta has officially joined FX’s new Ryan Murphy s–tshow as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, even taking a producer’s credit. Consider our chills multiplying.
The ‘Archer’ gang will beat its 2015 FX brethren to the punch with a season 6 premiere as early as Thursday, but the former ISIS gang won’t leave any network stars behind. Not only has ‘The Americans’ star Matthew Rhys been tapped as a guest star for the animated spy comedy’s sixth season, but so too has ‘Sons of Anarchy’'s CCH Pounder, and ‘Community’ guest Keith David.
Beginning with its initial announcement, and ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’s subsequent casting of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson, we’ve had a hard time wrapping our heads around FX’s new Ryan Murphy drama. Now, ‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer has been cast in the role of O.J.’s lawyer Robert Kardashian (yes, patriarch to those Kardashians), and our bewilderment is certainly coming to a middle.
‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ has proven just a bit more cogent than last season’s ‘Coven’ (while simultaneously connecting itself to the ‘Asylum’), but the FX horror drama’s January return will accomplish something no other ‘Horror Story’ has dared. Check out Neil Patrick Harris’ magical guest appearance in our first preview for the ‘Freak Show’'s antepenultimate hour, “Magical Thinking”!
FX’s ‘Fargo’ gave its first bit of official season 2 casting last week with news that Kirsten Dunst and ‘Breaking Bad’'s Jesse Plemons would play a couple at the center of the ‘70s crime drama, but already the Coen-adapted Emmy-winner is taking things one step further. Get a glimpse of their characters with a full script page from FX’s ‘Fargo’ season 2!