News Briefs: The Next Season of American Horror Story Will Be Set in the Year...

By Tim Surette

Jan 16, 2014


... Because we are a society that's never satisfied with being here now, we're already talking about the fourth season of American Horror Story. Season 3 hasn't even ended yet, but Ryan Murphy is throwing impatient fans a bone and has revealed that Season 4 of the horror mash-up will take place in the year... 1950. And Jessica Lange will be sporting a German accent. No word on the specifics, but Ryan says you can pick up some clues by reading a history book and educating yourself on what happened that year. After a quick glance at Wikipedia, I've decided that American Horror Story Season 4 will be all about the horrifying debut of the Volkswagen Bus, and those buses will be full of ghosts and zombies and horny minotaurs. [EW]


... Okay, miniserieseses are officially a thing now. Even The CW has one in the works! The network that made it cool to be pretty has picked up the four-hour mini Labyrinth, starring John Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Brown-Findlay, and Tom Felton. Labyrinth will jump between two time periods, one in 1209 France and the other in modern-day France, as a pair of women from both hunt for the Holy Grail. [The CW via press release]

... HBO has renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for Season 13, in advance of the January 17 premiere of Season 12. [HBO via press release]

... Adult Swim ordered a third season of China, IL today. Okay cool, but when are you going to order a fourth season of Eagleheart, network? [Adult Swim via press release]

... Saving the world a bit of e-paper, CBS decided to renew its entire daytime lineup in one fell swoop! Let's Make a Deal, The Price Is Right, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Talk will all be back to entertain the stay-at-home moms and former Blockbuster clerks of America. The Young and the Restless got the best deal, earning a multi-year renewal that's good through 2017. [CBS via press release]

... There's some outrage over CBS's How I Met Your Mother in the wake of Monday's episode, which featured characters from the show dressed up as Asians. Most times people overreact, but man oh man this was pretty dumb stuff that could've easily been avoided. [Buzzfeed]

... CBS has ordered the comedy pilot Taxi-22, based on a French Canadian series. The project, about a grumpy taxi driver, was to be produced by the late James Gandolfini. This is the first pilot of the season to get picked up by CBS. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is developing a multi-camera comedy starring rapper-actress Eve. Not much is known besides the fact that it's about an interracial couple and will be produced by the people behind The Neighbors, but that should tell you everything you need to know about it. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Benjamin Bratt! Come on down, you're the next actor to join Fox's 24: Live Another Day! (Yvonne Strahovski signed on earlier this week.) Bratt, who you know as Detective Rey Curtis from Law & Order and Manny's biological dad on Modern Family, will play Steve Harris. Not the actor Steve Harris who just guest-starred on Justified, but Steve Harris the fictional head of the CIA who's after Jack Bauer. 24: Live Another Day will premiere on Monday, May 5. [Fox via press release]

... CBS's Intelligence will bring on guest-stars Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) and Peter Coyote (The 4400). Trucco will play Riley's ex, and Coyote will play Lillian's dad. [TV Guide]

... 74-year-old multiple-Oscar-nominee Jane Alexander will guest-star on CBS's Elementary as a pen pal to Sherlock. He'll enlist her help in a case he's working, and after years of writing dirty letters to each other, they'll meet face to face. And then Sherlock will regret all those sexy things he wrote because EWWWW old person! [TV Guide]

... Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) has booked a role on Fox's crime drama Backstrom, the new Rainn Wilson vehicle that Fox ordered to series after CBS passed on it. Wilson plays a grumpy, overweight detective. Dekker will be his connection to the criminal underworld. [TV Guide]

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  • telvisnostic Jan 21, 2014

    I'm down for some Labyrinth.
    As for the new season of AHS, bring it on!

  • LeahLefler Jan 17, 2014

    props for that The 4400 reference. what a bad-ass show that was.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 16, 2014

    More China, IL after last season's half-hour format worked so well? Fuckin' yeah, bitches!

    CBS, because fuckit, daytime is whatevs. I actually feel like their daytime could add another silly sort of thing and still work.

  • Svanehjerte Jan 16, 2014

    Labyrinth sounds good.

    I don't like the new AHS plot then, if it's going to be about politics/nazis/communism... I am so tired of that subject. I would rather have had circus freaks.

  • bothcats Jan 16, 2014

    That "Labryinth" miniseries sounds like it could be based off of Kate Mosse's novel of the same name from 2005. Great book!

  • smorbie Jan 16, 2014

    If it's about McCarthyism, it will lose me.

  • pierresund Jan 16, 2014

    oh!! Does one dare to hope for AHS 4 to deal with McCarthyism? I could really use some political horror, and Murphy would definitely be the right guy to do it!
    Less likely, but fun to imagine: the horrid story of Charles M Schultz creating Peanuts, or the terrorizing true events leading up to Judy Garland getting fired by MGM.

  • KateSullivan Jan 16, 2014

    I think it is something connected to this, remember he said earlier that Season 4 is still in New Orleans, so my idea are two fold, one, there was something called the Civil Defense Act passed in LA around then to prepare for nuclear war that might be crazy, in Germany it was the first of the separations between East and West Berlin (post War before the Wall) and it is said that for a time after the war, that the U.S. had basically German prisoner of war camps so that could be connected (or she could just be an ex Nazi), the other idea is that in that time frame was the beginning of organized crime in New Orleans. The other big story I found was that a DA went into a club and never came out alive and the blame is on some sort of knock out drink or something.

  • pierresund Jan 16, 2014

    American Horror Story: Nukes? :)

    As fun is it is watching Ms Lange bitching around, I'd like to see her play an underdog character, someone to really root for. an unjust held PoW could really do it for me

    I would love to see

  • pierresund Jan 16, 2014

    ok... that was my worst language ever :( sorry for that

  • Whedonrules Jan 16, 2014

    The most consistently good show on HBO gets renewed! Very pleased to know Bill Maher is going to be around pointing out the absurdity of organized religion for another year. Atheists rule!

  • tvfanboy Jan 16, 2014

    I'm pretty sure I've seen Labyrinth already...wasn't it made a couple of years ago in the UK? About a woman who is supernaturally linked to an ancestor in medieval Europe who was burnt at the stake as a witch. Her present day relative is drawn into a mystery when working at an archaelogical dig. A mysterious earthquake reveals a cave where two skeletons are found. Through a series of flashbacks the two stories eventually intertwine. Eventually it turns out that the ancestor was part of an order that was protecting the secret of the grail. Sound familiar? Are we sure this isn't just an import?

  • jstitely1 Jan 16, 2014

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure Europe has already released it. I've seen fan videos to it.

  • bothcats Jan 16, 2014

    Same plot from the book Labryinth by Kate Mosse's!

  • EsmeBuffay Jan 16, 2014

    Jessica Lang with an German accent, I hope to God they give her an accent coach, and a damn good one. German accents are one of those accents you have to get right otherwise you sound like a fucking cartoon.

  • chrelle66 Jan 18, 2014

    If anyone can channel Marlene Dietrich it's Jessica.
    It could be very good, it could also be a disaster.

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