The next chapter of “American Horror Story,” dubbed “Freak Show,” will premiere in October on FX, but how will it compare to Season 2 and 3 of the series, titled “Asylum” and “Coven,” respectively?
According to John Landgraf, FX Networks CEO, the tone of “Freak Show” falls somewhere in between “Asylum” and “Coven.”
“Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way ‘Coven’ is,” he explained Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverley Hills, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding, like ‘Asylum’ was. I guess I would put ‘Freak Show’ half-way in between the two. It’s not quite as brooding and formal and Hitchockian as ‘Asylum.’ It’s got a little bit more humor and a little bit more camp, but it’s got a brooding period feel to it also.”
Although “Freak Show” may have a similar tone as previous seasons, Landgraf said that the new season will have unique visuals.
“[‘Freak Show’ is] going to have a really different look from a design and cinematography standpoint than any of the previous incarnations,” he said.
This time around, the characters are also reportedly quite memorable.
“The characters are really distinctive, really original, some are really strange, but I think really compelling,” Landgraf said. “I love what I’ve read so far.”
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” takes place in 1950s Jupiter, Florida. It will be the last season for Jessica Lange, who plays a German woman managing one of the last freak shows left in the U.S. Sarah Paulson will play a two-headed woman. TVGuide previously reported that Kathy Bates and Evan Peters will be freaks. Angela Bassett will also be a freak but has hinted that she is not the bearded lady. Denis O’Hare revealed he is a “collector of freaks” this season. Ryan Murphy, “American Horror Story” co-creator, has shared that new cast member Michael Chiklis will be a strongman who is Bates’ character’s ex, the father of Peters’ character and the husband of Bassett’s character. Ricky Fits (“American Beauty”) will also appear in the season’s Halloween story, which has tentative premiere dates of Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, TVLine reported this month. According to the website, he will play Eddy, a “dark tormentor” that knew Bates’ character in the past and is “hell-bent” on getting revenge.