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News Briefs: American Horror Story Season 3 Will Be Romantic

NEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE RIPPED-OUT BLEEDING HEART

... Hey guys! We got ourselves some Season 3 American Horror Story details! Creator Ryan Murphy held a screening of the finale with important people and told them that the next chapter of the series will be set in present day (Season 2 has spent much of its time in the '60s) AND that it will have a romance at the center of it. Murphy also confirmed that Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Jessica Lange will all return next season. I can also confirm that it will be weird. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... HBO will team up with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg once again for a third miniseries set during World War II. Following Band of Brothers and The Pacific, the crew will set their sights on the air battles that took place over Europe, relying on the book Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany for inspiration. [THR]

... NBC has ordered a trio of comedy pilots that fit into its "broad comedy" model. The Office's Greg Daniels will produce an untitled pilot about 20-somethings dating (snooooooze). Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce Assistance, about a female assistant caught between her "work husband" and her real fiancé while meeting the demands of her overbearing boss. And Donor Party follows an irresponsible man who discovers he has several children from his days as a sperm donor. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Nickelodeon has picked up 20 episodes of The Haunted Hathaways, a half-hour comedy about one super weird family dynamic! A mom and her two daughters move to New Orleans only to discover that their new house already has occupants: a dad and two sons, who happen to be DEAD! And they're ghosts! Call it The Boo-rady Bunch! Hahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha *deep breath* hahahahahahahahahahaha. LOL. [Deadline Hollywood]


SCHEDULES, RATINGS, AND STUFF

... The final 12 episodes of ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager will begin March 18. Just 12 more episodes until you can become a movie star, Shailene Woodley, you can make it 'til then! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Oprah Winfrey got the big score when American bicyclist and injector of everything Lance Armstrong chose her as the person he'd admit his crimes against humanity to (maybe you heard about this). But how many tuned in to watch Lance sort-of confess and deflect blame? 3.2 million viewers, a great tally for OWN but not exactly the barn-buster one would expect from such a national headline. Maybe Oprah waited too long to air it (the interview was filmed on Monday) or maybe too many details leaked out or maybe the Manti Te'o story overtook it or maybe and probably more accurately we all just decided fuck you, Lance Armstrong. [TV Guide]


CASTING NEWS

... Revolution has cast the president of the Georgia Federation! 24's Leslie Hope will play President Foster for multiple episodes when Revolution returns on March 25. A lady president? Now this show is getting REALLY ridiculous. (Just kidding ladies, love ya!) [TV Line]

... Dave Annable of the late 666 Park Avenue will guest-star on Fox's Ben and Kate, which sounds about right. When BJ and Kate go back to school, they meet an ethics teacher (Annable) who doesn't always follow his own lesson plan. [TV Guide]

... When Homeland returns for Season 3, it will do so without one of its main characters. Claire Danes... will be back! Haha, got you. Anyway. Diego Klattenhoff, who plays lovelorn Mike, will be demoted from regular status with the potential to appear in some episodes. But who is going to cook Dana breakfast? [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... Robert F. Chew, the actor who played Prop Joe in HBO's The Wire, has passed away at the age of 52. Chew died of apparent heart failure in his Baltimore home. Prop Joe was always one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite shows and will truly be missed. [Baltimore Sun]



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ok, tv.comfolks - can you please get it together and find SOMEONE who cold step in for price peterson's recaps??? at least for AHS and TVD! pleeeease!
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umm didnt american horror story season 1 take place in present day as well?.. sure there WERE flashbacks a lot but the story was set in present day wasnt it?
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Yes it was, but is there a mention of season one up there somewhere that would lead people to believe it wasn't?
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no but the point it out for season 3 as if its a first for the series or somethin
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Oh no! Secret Life is ending?? No more awsomely awful clips on The Soup!!
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You know, you seem to dislike most comedy pilot plots but you blasted New Girl and it's one of the best comedies on TV! :)
Also, Donor Party has potential..
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NBC can't seem to get enough awful sitcom premises these days.
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Not only is the Lance Armstrong story covering the airwaves incessant but I was always amazed a two bit, third rate sportsman got so much attention. Even if perfect, Lance is nowhere near the athleticism of MJ and other first rate sports. Be in athletic shape, sure but kids, start on those trikes early and you'll probably make it, haha.
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They should renamed it to American Romantic Story :)
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Hopefully the new Hanks & Spielberg show will be like Band of Brothers, and not like The Pacific.
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You're exactly right. Pacific was abysmal, terrible and all the other negative adjectives. Band Of Brothers is an epic classic so let's hope it's to those standards.
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I'm so happy that both Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are returning to AHS for season 3. Romance sounds interesting.

I'm not sure about Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's new project.
"Band of Brothers" was one of the best and most touching shows I've seen. Damian Lewis as Richard D. Winters was fantastic.
"The Pacific" on the other hand was awful and just boring. I gave up and stoped watching it after episode 4.
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Sad news about Prop Joe! :( RIP Robert Chew.
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Ugh, why romantic?
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heh! Why not? "Romantic" is so incredibly vague that the potential for twisted disturbia is damn near unlimited. I mean, after all, we ARE talking about AHS so when I read, "Season 3 will be romantic" personally, I imagine 'romantic' more in terms akin to Mickey & Mallorie from Natural Born Killers
I honestly don't know what to expect at this point, but the AHS people have earned my trust that they can make a great show.

For all You & I know, season 3 could end up totally rockin' like a crack ho with a disposable income...or not...Let's wait & see, yeah? ::shrug::
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If it's like that I wouldn't mind it, I just don't want to it be some sappy bullshit I don't care about. For example I don't want it to be some angsty teen love story like something out of Glee, I only mention Glee because Ryan Murphy works on both Glee and AHS and even though the two haven't really overlapped yet who's to say they won't in the future. I guess I'm cautiously optimistic at this point, it could be fine or it could go very wrong, two seasons simply isn't long enough for a show to earn my trust that it will all work out well.
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Seeing as how Glee & AHS have overlapped once already a couple episodes ago, I completely get where you're coming from overall...actually, if you don't mind, I'd like to vent about that for a sec: As a one-time oddity, I'm marginally cool with that stupid musical number. I realize that AHS can be oppressively dark & some comic relief can be helpful psychologically on occasion for alot of viewers, but nothing...& I mean NOTHING screws up the flow of a good story like breaking into song...& that number just kept going & going like the effin' energizer bunny & cheapened the whole episode. I walked out, sent a couple e-mails, & when I got back, that shit was STILL goin' on.

Anyway, what the hell was I talking about?

Oh. Right. Romance, AHS style. I honestly think we might be safe from teenybopper love crap, but even if I'm wrong about Mickey & Mallorie-type twistedness, there's always the Dracula-Mina type or the creepy-ass love story that was the remake of 'The Fly'
Who knows? ::shrug::
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Yeah, I guess only time will tell. It could be awesome, or it could crash and burn, it could easily go either way. Fingers crossed for something creepy and twisted and not some goofy love story.
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Instead of Leslie Hope did anyone else read Leslie Nope? (w/o the K) Ha!
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Proposition Joe was awesome.
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I would really like a season of American Horror Story in a Science Fiction setting and secretly hoped they would do so in season 3. Romantic is ok i guess. Well, there is still hope for season 4 to feature some dense SciFi Horror.
It's a shame. I liked Mike, he was good for Jessica and the Kids.
Funny you said Leslie Hope from "24" and not the much more recent "The River". Don't tell me this show is already forgotten. It should linger as a determent for showrunners for years to come.
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I agree on the science fiction setting. It would be interesting to see a view of a horror filled future through the eyes of Ryan Murphy. But I guess a romance plot is fine too. Going on a date when a massive pimple has just emerged on your forehead or forgetting your girlfriend's birthday is pure horror.
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Good call guys. Post-apocalyptic and zombie lit is pretty huge presently, and if done properly I think such a setting would be very entertaining.
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Now that Price won't review it, I don't care about American Horror Story anymore.
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I'm still watching, but thumbs up for the laugh :) I already miss Price!
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Did I miss something? Where/when was that announced?
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Price Peterson's last article which was on Wednesday.
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Lance only confessed to (part of) his doping history so he could get back into the races in eight years. Of course, in eight years he'll be 50. How does he expect to compete with all those young cyclists racing against him? Simple, he'll just dope again.

He also might be let back in even sooner if he narcs on every other cyclist he knows who's used drugs. Who approved of technicalities like this?
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thank god that evan peters is returning!
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Season 3 AHS: Speed Dating? Couple Therapy?
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I sincerely hope that in that third lame NBC sitcom the protagonist gets stranded in the mountains and has to eat his newfound children to stay alive. I mean really, NBC, Donor Party?
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I would actually watch that! Otherwise, forget about it NBC.
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Sad about Robert F. Chew. I loved Prop Joe, and was sad to him go on The Wire. He will be missed.
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Amen
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Sooo...season 3: "An Officer & An American Horror story?" No. wait. "Four Weddings & An American Horror Story" ...oooh! better yet: "When Harry Met American Horror Story"
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AHS: The Wedding Massacre Planner
AHS: The Kids Are Not All Right, More Like Homicidal
AHS: So I Married an Axe Murderer (No pun here.)
AHS: Headless in Seattle.
AHS Nick and Norah's Infinite List of People to Be Killed
AHS: You've Got a Mail Bomb
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or to go with the classic-er: "Gone With the American Horror Story", "An American Horror Story With a View", "The American Horror Story Bride"....
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I think I could do classic. "An American Horror Story To Remember"
...aaand that's all I got. I never said I thought I could do it well ::shrug::
Although, I could go Kevin Smith style with "Chasing American Horror Story" or complete oddball with "Eternal Sunshine Of The American Horror Story
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Sleepless in American Horror Story. An American Horror Story in Paris. The Rubber Man Always Rings Twice.
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There's Something About American Horror Story
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As long as Dylan McDermott doesn't go anywhere near a pottery wheel...
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Crazy, Stupid, American Horror Story.
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My Big Fat American Horror Story
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(500) Days of American Horror Story
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(so much) win :D
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