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FX CEO says American Horror Story's fifth season to be a "large reinvention"

01.19.2015

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW comes to a close this week and marks the end of Jessica Lange's run after four seasons and several acting trophies. A lot of the excitement and buzz around the show has become a bit stagnant after four seasons. So, with AMERICAN HORROR STORY already renewed for season five to air in the Fall, what can we expect to see? More of the same?

FX CEO John Landgraf told TV Line that while Ryan Murphy has told him the basic outline for next season, he hasn't confirmed anything just yet while the showrunners fine tune their direction. There are also going to be some changes.

One of the things I love so much about that is that it can be radically, radically reinvented in terms of tone, setting, period, characters, cast… I think there’s going to be an unusually large reinvention in between Book 4 and Book 5 relative to, say, between Book 3 and 4.

With some AMERICAN HORROR STORY veterans like Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts off to other Ryan Murphy shows like AMERICAN CRIME STORY and SCREAM QUEENS, it makes me wonder if season five will feature an all new cast with no returning faces from the prior years. The other likely option would be to make Angela Bassett or Kathy Bates, two of the best additions to the show during COVEN, the central focus of season five.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY remains must see television just to figure out what kind of crazy shenanigans Ryan Murphy and his cohorts can think up next but it will also need to find a suitable replacement for the great Jessica Lange who stole the show each and every season.

The finale of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW airs Tuesday, January 21st on FX.

Source: TV Line

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7:13PM on 01/20/2015

Lange's replacement should be...

Glenn Close. That's it.
Glenn Close. That's it.
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11:47AM on 01/20/2015

Can't wait to hear about season 5. It's gonna be bumpy without Lange.

It's gonna be hard without Jessica Lange from here on out. In my opinion, the show would not have been quite as good or successful without her.
It's gonna be hard without Jessica Lange from here on out. In my opinion, the show would not have been quite as good or successful without her.
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9:31PM on 01/19/2015
While I don't hate Lange in the show, it is certainly growing tiresome that she has played the exact same type of character in each season. So, I can't say I'm crushed she's going to be gone. However, I thank GOD Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts will be gone. They are terrible.
While I don't hate Lange in the show, it is certainly growing tiresome that she has played the exact same type of character in each season. So, I can't say I'm crushed she's going to be gone. However, I thank GOD Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts will be gone. They are terrible.
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7:18PM on 01/19/2015
Don't watch the show, so no idea why I clicked or article, but is there a specific reason why lange wouldn't be back even if the show was "revamped"
Don't watch the show, so no idea why I clicked or article, but is there a specific reason why lange wouldn't be back even if the show was "revamped"
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11:07PM on 01/19/2015
She just wants to do other things. She wanted to leave after 2, and he roped her in with Coven and again with Freak Show. I think she agreed to come back for those with the understanding she wouldn't return for season 5.
She just wants to do other things. She wanted to leave after 2, and he roped her in with Coven and again with Freak Show. I think she agreed to come back for those with the understanding she wouldn't return for season 5.
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6:05PM on 01/19/2015

I have no idea why

but just today i passed Normal Heart on HBO and thought that Ryan Murphy will cast Julia Roberts as the lead next year since they obviously have a lot of connections... me personally? i don't give a crap, but people would probably freak out if she starred in a tv show.

I didn't watch season 2 and 3, thought 1 fell off a cliff midway through and this this season is ridiculously stupid but entertaining. I definitely like the format though. Anyway, if he casts Julia Roberts give me credit!
but just today i passed Normal Heart on HBO and thought that Ryan Murphy will cast Julia Roberts as the lead next year since they obviously have a lot of connections... me personally? i don't give a crap, but people would probably freak out if she starred in a tv show.

I didn't watch season 2 and 3, thought 1 fell off a cliff midway through and this this season is ridiculously stupid but entertaining. I definitely like the format though. Anyway, if he casts Julia Roberts give me credit!
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6:00PM on 01/19/2015
I think the show will dip in quality without Lange's presence.
I think the show will dip in quality without Lange's presence.
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5:50PM on 01/19/2015

Anything will be better than season 4...

I have to admit, I actually really enjoyed the first 6 episodes of this season. Than they killed the clown and the show went from being American Horror Story to American Melodramtic Cry Baby Story. Last season suffered the same fate. With so many people leaving it seems like they are the smart ones, get off a sinking ship early!
I have to admit, I actually really enjoyed the first 6 episodes of this season. Than they killed the clown and the show went from being American Horror Story to American Melodramtic Cry Baby Story. Last season suffered the same fate. With so many people leaving it seems like they are the smart ones, get off a sinking ship early!
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7:53PM on 01/19/2015
Couldn't agree more. After they killed the clown this show has been truly some of the worst tv ive ever sat through. So. Much. Crying.
Couldn't agree more. After they killed the clown this show has been truly some of the worst tv ive ever sat through. So. Much. Crying.
10:29AM on 01/20/2015
Maybe House Wives of New Jersey is more your speed.
Maybe House Wives of New Jersey is more your speed.
1:18PM on 01/20/2015
While that would certainly fill up an hour with more horror than AHS has had lately I'm gonna have to give a hard pass to that idea.
While that would certainly fill up an hour with more horror than AHS has had lately I'm gonna have to give a hard pass to that idea.
6:15PM on 01/20/2015
I said "horror" not "whore"!!!
I said "horror" not "whore"!!!
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