News Briefs: Ryan Murphy Already Has a Setting Picked Out for American Horror Story Season 4

By Kaitlin Thomas

Nov 21, 2013


... American Horror Story Season 3 isn't even over yet, but all anybody's talking about is Season 4. It still doesn't have an official name, but it does have an official location. Sort of. The fourth iteration of Ryan Murphy's nightmare factory will either remain in New Orleans or move to Santa Fe, New Mexico. And as you already know, Season 4 will be Jessica Lange's last, but Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates have both agreed to return. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy has said that it won't tell a contemporary story, and that Season 3 will begin dropping hints at what's to come around Episode 11. Color me intrigued. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... Moira Walley-Beckett, whose writing credits include Breaking Bad's "Ozymandias" and "Gliding Over All," has another project in the works, this time at Starz. It's a dark and gritty series called Flesh and Bone, and it's about... ballet dancers. In my head I've decided that it's a darker version of Bunheads, and I'm already in love with it. Flesh and Bone centers on Claire Robbins, a young ballet dancer who joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The series is hiring real ballet dancers, including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, current American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky (Charlie from Center Stage!), and Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner. But you wanna know the real cherry on top of this cake? Ethan Stiefel, who played Cooper Nielson in Center Stage, is on board as a choreographer and consultant. [Starz via press release]

... Michael Chiklis is looking to return to TV with a new series based on a comic book... that he wrote. Chiklis is partnering with IDW Entertainment, the new division of IDW Publishing, to develop and produce his 2010 comic Pantheon as a live-action series. Created by Chiklis, Anny Simon Beck, and Marc Andreyko, the story centers on ancient Greek gods who return to Earth in the near future to find it ravaged by war. [Deadline]

... I can now confirm that the entire judging panel for America's Got Talent, including Howard Stern, will be back for Season 9. And in case you're like me and have no idea who judges which competition series anymore, the non-Stern members of the AGT panel are Heidi Klum, Mel B of the Spice Girls, and Howie Mandel. Nick Cannon will also return as host when the competition series premieres this summer. [NBC via press release]

... CBS will re-air three episodes of The Crazy Ones back-to-back-back on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to help you sleep soundly after stuffing your face full of turkey and mashed potatoes. Kidding! Sarah Michelle Gellar is my queen, and James Wolk, well, he's something. The three episodes being rebroadcast are “Breakfast Burrito Club” at 8:31pm, “The Spectacular” at 9:01pm, followed by “Bad Dad” at 9:31pm. I predict I'll be snoring by 8:33pm. [CBS via press release]

... Laurence Fishburne is reprising his role of Socrates Fortlow from the 1998 HBO movie Always Outnumbered. The pay-cable network is developing a series around the character, titled The Right Mistake, which is based on Walter Mosley's novels featuring Fortlow, an ex-con seeking redemption. [Deadline]

... Foyle's War, which ran from 2002-2010 on ITV, has been renewed for another three-episode season. Michael Kitchen will return as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, as will Honeysuckle Weeks as his trusted associate Samantha Stewart. The new episodes will take their inspiration from real events in the early days of the Cold War. Production begins in January, with an anticipated air date of sometime in 2015. [ITV via press release]


BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE NEWS

... Hey, Banshee fans, look! It's the key art for Season 2! I'm looking forward to becoming obsessed with the series, which is sitting pretty on my holiday "Shows to Watch" list. Banshee returns to Cinemax on Friday, January 10 at 10pm. [CInemax via press release]


SAY GOODBYE TO HAPPINESS NEWS

... Some nice lady/gent had a lot of free time on his/her hands and went through all of the books in the Song of Ice and Fire series (a.k.a. the Game of Thrones books) and put a Post-It flag on every page where someone died. You can see the (non-spoiler!) results below. That was very, um, kind of them.


CASTING NEWS


... Elizabeth Hurley is joining The Tomorrow People. Or rather, her voice is. She'll lend it to the role of Alice, ULTRA's vindictive super-computer. Fun fact: Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey's Matthew) voices TIM, the super-computer of the Tomorrow People. [E! Online]

... Leah Remini is returning to TV as a recurring character on TV Land's The Exes. She'll play Stuart’s (David Alan Basche) sister Nicki, whose 17-year marriage recently ended after her husband had an affair. She's described as "a tough-talking, no-nonsense, stylish, and sexy woman from Staten Island." Sounds like Remini should have no trouble with this one. [Deadline]


REQUIRED READING

... Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter chatted with Entertainment Weekly about this week's OMGWTFBBQ episode, and during the interview, he said he won't be killing my favorite character Juice, but I don't know that I believe him. That said, the Q&A is still worth a read for fans of the show. [EW]

... In that same vein, if you're a fan of Person of Interest, which also had an OMGWTFBBQ episode this week, you miiiight want to check out this interview right here. [EW]


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  • silverswan1 Dec 02, 2013

    is it true Jessica won't be returning after next season? She needs to guest on Glee. would love to see actors swap out on these series. Also was Piano Brad actually Falkchuck? sorry about the spelling.

  • LeahLefler Nov 22, 2013

    AHS in Santa Fe? Hmmmmmm... that could be cool, although maybe not if it's "contemporary." New Orleans is cool and all for witches, but NM could be interesting. They'd have to be pretty creative with that location. Oh, since they'll be referring to it in this season, can it still be considered a miniseries? I'm just sayin', calling it that is quite a stretch. A good way to win awards, though.

  • chrelle66 Nov 22, 2013

    "Ryan Murphy has said that it won't tell a contemporary story"
    Santa Fe in the old western times. That has evil spirits and witch doctors written all over it.

  • LeahLefler Nov 23, 2013

    Oh, I misread it. I'm on board for some crazy wild west whatever-the-hell. I have complete faith in the writers. :)

  • oneSWEETphool41 Nov 21, 2013

    just stumbled upon this. 100 second Banshee season 2 trailer. enjoy all!

    http://tvline.com/2013/11/21/banshee-season-2-trailer-video-spoilers/

  • FilmFanatic Nov 21, 2013

    "Season 3 will begin dropping hints at what's to come around Episode 11" So AHS will no longer be allowed in the mini series category as season 4 story will derive from season 3?

    On another note, Dan Stevens as Matthew from Downton Abbey, hewanted to leave that show in prospects of doing something bigger and instead he is voicing a computer in theCW's The Tomorrow People? Logic in that is overpowering.

  • DarkLyric Nov 21, 2013

    How would dropping hints change anything, especially since the series has done this since season 1. And the story is not deriving from season 3 it's simply putting unrelated hints hidden throughout the last few episodes. Last season they did the same thing, as did season one, one of the hints from season 2 was one of the songs on the jukebox was "I'll put a spell on you" Which hinted at this season's witch theme. Haveing that hint did not negate the AHS's mini series status.

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  • zeofan1 Nov 21, 2013

    So basically Leah Remini's playing the same 'perfect woman' character she did in King Of Queens. NEXT.

  • zeofan1 Nov 21, 2013

    Why does Ballet have such a bad rep in America? It's a beautiful art form and it's hard as hell. Show some respect. >_

  • gothceltgirl Nov 26, 2013

    I love ballet and really want to go and see it. 20 years in NYC and I've still not gone to the NYC ballet. I used to go to the ballet when I was growing up in WV, but the tickets were cheap. Places that don't have a lot of culture don't tend to charge very much money for it. LOL Ballet is wonderful, but I don't know about a TV show about it. Although this one does sound interesting.

  • Joker62002 Nov 21, 2013

    Ha the Tomarrow people super Vindective Computer how cute. Can't wait for Banshee

  • safibwana Nov 21, 2013

    I'm barely watching AHS now. The episodes pile up and then when I watch them they don't hold my interest. I have to watch them twice and I still retain nothing. Sort of like Glee at its worst. Ryan Murphy should stop making television.

  • FilmFanatic Nov 21, 2013

    Does Ryan Murphy make mistakes? YES! Does he often use lame stereotypes and after-school-special story-lines to make a point? In certain shows such as Glee and The New Normal, YES. BUT the man gave us shows such as NIP/TUCK and AHS which are fucking awesome! So no, he should not stop making television! AHS:Coven is very different from last two seasons but still brilliant, if not more! Wish more television show-runners had at least half the talent of Ryan Murphy!

  • dude19 Nov 21, 2013

    You're definitely in the minority.

  • louisemorabit Nov 21, 2013

    Don't agree. And neither do most other people, thank God.

  • Watashii Nov 21, 2013

    New Mexico eh? Someone should call the History Channel because I bet its going to be ALIENS next season for AHS. They barely touched upon it in season 2.

  • louisemorabit Nov 21, 2013

    Nooo, I hated the alien plot! :(

  • CharmedOneP391 Nov 21, 2013

    AHS!! Last nights episode was awesome! and umm..BANSHEE =]

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