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Mark H. Harris

American Horror Story Renewed for Season 3; Jessica Lange Returning

By November 20, 2012

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Let the speculation begin on what sort of insanity (literal or otherwise) American Horror Story will drag out next year, as FX has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season. The anthology TV show wipes the slate clean each season by introducing all-new characters, settings and storylines (although recycling many of the same cast members), and it consistently pushes the boundaries of basic cable with its sexuality, violence, language and outrageous concepts. The first season was set in a haunted house and featured ghosts, mass murder and the Antichrist, while the second season is located in an insane asylum and has been jam-packed with serial killers, mutants, evil Nazi scientists, demonic possessions and aliens.

So, where do they go from there? Before you answer, let me remind you that series creator Ryan Murphy has previously stated that "The only real rule on this show is no werewolves and no vampires." Technically, that leaves zombies, but The Walking Dead already has that territory covered pretty well. A slasher might be interesting -- Harper's Island showed it can be done well -- or something in a "cabin in the woods" setting. The problem with that, though, is that it's difficult to sustain a story with such a limited scope over the course of 13 episodes (as Season 3 will reportedly have). Something in a hospital setting might be more appropriate; it could serve as a send-up of the ubiquitous hospital dramas on TV. Whatever the plot and location for Season 3, one thing's for sure: it won't be a straightforward horror tale -- say, mix cannibalism, Cthulhu, rabid weasels, a Satanic cult, a flesh-eating virus and...Bigfoot. Oh, and Jessica Lange. She'll be back, and so will I.

Source: The New York Times

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