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American Horror Story season 4 carnival setting revealed

Mar. 17, 2014by: Eric Walkuski

It's been a rumor for a few months now, but today it has been confirmed: The fourth season of FX's "American Horror Story" will take place at a carnival.

This was solidified by staff writer Douglas Petrie during a recent Nerdist Writers Panel podcast. "Very roughly, that's the idea," Petrie responded when asked if the show was going to have a Carnival theme.

It had previously been reported that S4 of the horror anthology will be taking place in the 1950s; that and the setting are currently all we know about the season, but you can expect more information to come out when showrunner Ryan Murphy and some of the AHS family appear at PaleyFest on March 28th.

Here is what Murphy had previously said about the next AHS run:

Its a combination of things. Its a combination of two time periods, with the main one being the 1950s. I dont know. We havent started writing it yet, so I dont really know the tone. I like that we had a lot of comedy in this year, and I like the comic characters, so I think that will remain... Next year will be equally as challenging [as "Coven" was] because so much of it is period and bizarre and crazy and Gothic. My feeling is, if you loved this season, youll love next season. It has the same sort of comedic tone to it."

Jessica Lange returns to "American Horror Story" for (perhaps) the final time, and while no other cast members have been announced, it looks like Murphy wants Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett to return after their successful AHS debuts last year.


American Horror Story: Coven cutie Emma Roberts

Extra Tidbit: Are you down with a carnival setting for AHS?
Source: THR

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3:09PM on 03/18/2014

"if you loved this season, youll love next season"

Oh, so I'll hate it, then? Great.
Oh, so I'll hate it, then? Great.
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3:57PM on 03/17/2014
I'm into it as long as the season is written/mapped out prior to the start of shooting; I believe that's where "Coven" really had its troubles.
A Carnival setting is ripe for some great material, and I'm interested in seeing if they intertwine it with the much-speculated 'red scare'-oriented plot.
I'm fine with some comedy and fun when it comes to the tone, but a darker, more bleak overall season tends to work best, i.e., "Asylum".
In regards to the cast: make it Jessica Lange's swan song
I'm into it as long as the season is written/mapped out prior to the start of shooting; I believe that's where "Coven" really had its troubles.
A Carnival setting is ripe for some great material, and I'm interested in seeing if they intertwine it with the much-speculated 'red scare'-oriented plot.
I'm fine with some comedy and fun when it comes to the tone, but a darker, more bleak overall season tends to work best, i.e., "Asylum".
In regards to the cast: make it Jessica Lange's swan song (if this is indeed her last season; Murphy, Bates, and Bassett may be able to charm her into sticking around a little longer), and give her another Sister Jude-esque.
Write Kathy Bates something *really* spectacular to make up for her criminal underutilization in "Coven".
Give Sarah Paulson some Lana Winters-level material--don't just have her whine and go blind all season.
If you *must* keep Evan Peters, use him. Bring back Zachary Quinto. Keep Emma Roberts (depending on the role/setting), lose Taissa Farmiga--she was effective as Violet in "Murder House", but exhibited next to no range as the horrible Zoe.
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8:26PM on 03/22/2014
Also, Lange, Paulson, and Bassett have all been confirmed. While Kathy Bates is mostly a sure thing, with her contract details likely being ironed out at the moment.
Murphy's also said he has parts for Evan Peters and Frances Conroy.
Also, Lange, Paulson, and Bassett have all been confirmed. While Kathy Bates is mostly a sure thing, with her contract details likely being ironed out at the moment.
Murphy's also said he has parts for Evan Peters and Frances Conroy.
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