News Briefs: American Horror Story Season 2 Will Take Place In...

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY SCOOP

... We already know that Season 2 of FX's American Horror Story will feature returning cast members in a new setting, but now we know where that setting will be. And it's appropriately spooky. Co-creator Ryan Murphy said the next round will take place at a mental institution for the criminally insane run by a new character played by Season 1 returnee Jessica Lange. Well that sounds lovely! [THR]


SIMPLY PERFECT NEWS

... She's just been dumped by The Hallmark Channel, but the (literally) crafty Martha Stewart isn't going to cry over a tub of ice cream. The homemaker and tax-evader has found a new home at PBS, where she'll host Martha Stewart's Cooking School on a weekly basis. [NY Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... Streaming-video site Hulu is continuing its push into original programming. At its Upfront presentation today, the company announced several new projects. Seth Meyers is behind The Awesomes, an animated comedy about superheroes who fight bad guys and the paparazzi. We Got Next follows four friends who compete in pickup basketball games and in life. Entourage's Adrian Grenier has the series Don't Quit Your Daydream, about famous musicians who work with people who gave up dreams of being rock stars. [THR]

... Bravo also announced some new projects, and they're soooooo Bravo. The half-dozen reality shows involve partying 20-somethings who move back home to Long Island, partying youngsters living in Palm Beach, partying friends who attempt to launch a start-up company, partying divorce lawyers, partying fitness industry types, and partying male models. Bravo really flushed its reputation down the toilet, didn't it? [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has ordered the dating show Ready for Love, which sounds so atrocious that I'm going to spend a paragraph explaining it in detail. Three handsome men, picked personally by producer Eva Longoria, will be paraded around for ladies to swoon over. Ladies who are interested in participating can submit their desperation via Facebook, where matchmakers will look them over and pick four potential mates per guy. Then they go on dates or something? All this extra stuff unfolds on Facebook or something? Then the guys get to pick one of the ladies and can either marry them, get engaged to them, or just keep dating or something. Eva Longoria comes up with the stupidest ideas. Look for this next year, when it will be a favorite in our Dead Pool. [NBC via press release]

... Remember when I told you about CSI vet William Petersen's new project, Hurt People? I think it was back around... March 14. At the time, it didn't have a home. Now it does. Cinemax is taking a chance on the drama about a hit man (Petersen) who works for the very same people who killed his wife. His job? Find his daughter, who is looking to avenge her mother's death. Talk about an awkward Thanksgiving. Hey-yo! Anyway, this should pretty cool and the hit man sounds like a dirtbag. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Discovery has canceled Cash Cab after more than 200 episodes of semi-staged mobile trivia. The program, which featured host Ben Bailey quizzing "unsuspecting" participants he picked up in his cab, won the Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show from 2008 to 2010. [Vulture]

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