The originator of the FX original series American Horror Story spoke at the premier Sunday night which took place at the TCL Chinese Theatre. “It’s the biggest and most exciting season of the series” said creator Ryan Murphy on season four of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
American Horror Story is done differently each season, as Murphy creates something new each time around. Every season has its own independent story line and characters, but the cast has remained largely the same throughout the entire series.
In season one, Murphy followed a family that moved from Boston to a haunted house in Los Angeles, where some former residents are unable to leave the house or property. Jessica Lange starred as the neighbor who was connected to the house and its inhabitants.
Season two centered around a mental hospital. This time, Lange was the hard-to-like, strict warden of the hospital who ends up becoming an inmate herself. Most of the cast from season one appeared as guards, doctors or patients.
Season three of American Horror Story took place in the city of New Orleans and followed a convent of witches in a battle with voodoo doctors. Once again, Lange starred as the head witch, with Sarah Paulson playing the role of her daughter. Much of the same cast from seasons prior also appeared. Emma Roberts made her debut on the show in this season. Roberts is the niece of Oscar-winning actress, Julia Roberts. Season three also contained the addition of Gabourey Sidibe to the cast.
The president of FX John Landgraf had high praise for Murphy, stating that he had put together probably the best ensemble of actors in all of TV. He also stated that creating an entirely new world and set of characters each year as Murphy does is not something everyone would be able to do. Most show creators create one world and one set of characters and create story lines from that. With each season being a whole new story, it is like a 12 or 13 episode miniseries each time. The fact that the cast is able to take on a brand new role each season and become a completely different character is a testament to the talent that is a part of the show. Season four of “American Horror Story: Freak Show will be a lot more musical,” creator Murphy says, which is not a stretch to imagine considering his other hit show Glee.
Most of the cast and creative team attended the premiere Sunday night, including Lange, Paulson, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and Michael Chiklis, all joined by Murphy. After the screening, guests of the premiere went across the street to the Roosevelt for a post-premiere dinner. At the dinner, guests were able to try a “Dragon’s breath” station which uses dry ice to allow guests to imitate a dragon while eating Rice Krispie Treats.
American Horror Story has received 51 Emmy nominations and has won several of those. Season four is set in 1952 in Florida. The season will tell the story of one of the last remaining freak shows in America, and their struggle to survive.
Season 4 of the FX original series premiered Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. Creator Murphy says American Horror Story’s fourth season begins with an offering titled Monsters Among Us.
By Andy Lapic