News Briefs: American Horror Story Will Start Over in Season 2

MURDER HOUSE HOLIDAY NEWSLETTER NEWS

… After last night’s American Horror Story finale, co-creator Ryan Murphy told reporters what he has in mind for the upcoming seasons of the show:


The only thing I guess I will say about that is, next year of the show, every season of the show, will be a different haunting. What you saw in the finale was the end of the Harmon house and the second season of the show will be a brand-new home or building to haunt, I guess is the proper way to put it. Just like this year, every season of the show will have a beginning, a middle, and an end....That being said, what we're going to do with the actors is some of them will be coming back, and also new faces on the show, but [the returning actors] will be playing completely different characters. Completely different creatures and monsters, et cetera.


Sounds good to us. What do you think? [Zap2It]


CASTING NEWS

...The Closer’s Jon Tenney has joined the staff of HBO’s The Newsroom. He’ll play Emily Mortimer’s character’s boyfriend. [TVLine]

… More Glee guest-star news: NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta will appear on a Grease-themed episode. Move over, Helen Mirren! [HuffPo]

… A casting notice from the producers of Jersey Shore is looking for “proudly self-identified pop culture fanatics from the worlds of comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.” Yup. Fangirl Snooki: Fame is just around the corner. [blastr]


INDUSTRY NEWS

… The CEO of Time Warner Cable (booooooo...hisssssssss) wants to sell sports channel packages separately from the rest. [THR]

… The first part of The X Factor’s finale scored 11 million viewers, a slip of 10 percent from last week’s ratings but still good enough to win the night for Fox. And yet! And yet. Still no one cares. [THR]


CELEBRITY CAR ACCIDENT AND 30 ROCK NEWS

Flavor of Love and Celebrity Rehab star Brigitte Nielsen was taken to the hospital after being struck by a driver suspected to be drunk. She’s already home, “sore and resting.” [TMZ]

30 Rock has released two new teaser clips. The first, an extended interview with Tina Fey, includes footage of a Christmas-themed elevator conversation between Jack and Liz. The second features Jenna as a judge on an X Factor-style singing competition called Kidz Got Singing. Just wait until you hear the three variations of her catchphrase. (And yet she’s still a better judge than Nicole Scherzinger.) [NBC, NBC]

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It will suck without Violet and Tate. Especially Tate. Season one was Awesom! I loved it.
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So does anybody know when it start's?
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Not sure if I like the idea of American Horror Story "starting over". The actors they have used for season 1 are top-notch. So are the characters - I think we all agree that we love to hate them, or just plain love them. Here's to hoping season 2 will be even better, because if it isn't, I reckon Ryan Murphy will be receiving a lot of flack for this decision.
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Im glad that American Horror Story will continue, but if the show does not find a way to keep Jessica Lange and her charachter than it will be a travesty. I also hope that they find a way to keep Mr. Harmon and Tate because they are great charachters too.
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? im kinda lost, what about the babies how does that turn out? its like stopping in the middle of a movie
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This show will suck without Tate Violet and Constance. That is all.
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I loved the first season an I'll love whatever to come in American Horror Story season two :P It has me 100% But i hope that's not the End END of Violet and Tate I really love them
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I agree there is absolutely NO way to continue this show with these characters. I think this is a great way to do horror stories like this. Great job with season 1, it was Awesome! Can't wait for season 2 because I'm sure it will be Amazing!
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Terrible idea..Only reason why I really love tv shows is that you can invest time and feelings into characters and stories, watch their development a get use to them.. if Murphy decided to destroy this than I wont watch another season, I can watch some stupin movie instead. He is not able to built a strong story so he has to change a plot after every 12 episode? Lame.
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I think starting fresh each season is ultimately the only option if the show is to have a sustainable future. Sure, they'll lose some/all of the characters each season, which is a huge setback given the class of acting of many of the characters in this first season.



But if they were to continue with the same story-line just how long do you think they could drag it out for? It's a similar situation to Prison Break - great first season, but once they escaped it kind of defeated the purpose of the show and when they tried to continue the series they could only drag it out so long until it finally became mind-numbing rubbish and died a painful season 4 death. Had they decided to screen a different prison break per season who knows how successful it could have been.



Anyway, I agree it is a risky move, but I do believe it will succeed and I wish the show the best of luck!
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Really happy to read this news, I wouldn't imagine how this story would continue in season two, as it was fully "finished" in the season finale.



Can't wait for season 2...
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I was hoping, that the creators of American Horror Story will not screw this up by continuing storyline of the 1st season. Thank you for this great news! I was really enjoying to watch this drama / horror TV show and for me it was one of the best surprises of 2011
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As long as Zachary Quinto comes back to AHS, I'm all for it! Really cool idea and quite novel too.
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I love the the idea of new locations new stories. I was a little worried what the credibility of the show would have been if 5 years from now we're supposed to believe in an ageless Violet and Tate when they're both obviously gotten older, same with the rest of the cast.
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I like the fact that American Horror Story is starting over every season. No one's going to try to drag it out, which is good :)
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I think that wherever AHS takes us, this is a brilliant way to run the show. New faces, old faces, new stories and the best part. They can pick a year or years in the future and have a politician rising to power in the background of any story... and guess who he could be? I LOVE this idea. It is honestly, the only reason why I will be coming back for season 2.
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I don't want to be manipulated into watching 7 seasons of a show with this kind of story arc, only to find out that it was all a dream (like LOST).



So I had avoided watching American Horror story.



With this news, I will happily check it out now.
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Dont know why Lost finale is a hard concept...it was not a dream, they were not all dead (throughout the course of the show that is) just sayin
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It wasn't a hard concept. It was a disappointing one, that made many of us feel that we wasted years of our lives watching the show that copped out.
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i love the show ended with another little tate its good there going to have a diffrent story in each season i was starting to wonder about that cause they were covering alot in 12 episodes they wont go far on it if they keep going guess they thought the same thing so i cant see what the new house and cast has to bring us comment...
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I like the idea of a new story and characters for American Horror Story. I've always wanted a show to do this and see it succeed (I believe Heroes was gonna do this, but Tim Kring backed out and all we got were those mediocre and awful seasons). Hope the next season is just as good or even better as this one.
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Agreed, Heroes would have greatly benefitted from this, especially if they had then later intermixed the stories, instead of making everything ridiculous.
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I like the idea of new house/new haunting, but I hate the idea of people returning to play different characters. We just spent a whole season with these people and now I'm supposed to forget what they built with the prior character and buy into the new one?

Sounds like a horrible idea.
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You'll have like 40 weeks to forget.
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I watched until halfway through the 5th episode, then decided it was ridiclous. I'll stick with Sam and Dean, the true American Horror Story...
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sam and dean Winchester- supernatural
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That's Jan and Dean, and they weren't that horrible... or did you mean Sam and Dave? (Hold on, I'm coming...)
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Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin?
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Season 2 of American Horror Story sounds cool, and I especially like the idea of the same actors playing different characters.



Somebody please find and smack the person who thought up the next Jersey Shore series.
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AHS needs something! Anything!
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I love the idea. Can't wait for Season 2!!!!
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I wonder how they're gonna do the whole same actors, new characters thing in American Horror Story, love the fact that each season is a new haunting though, very neat concept.
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I actually really like the idea... But I'm confused, so does that mean no Connie Britton & Dylan McDermott next season? Wait they will be playing different characters? Well that's just going to ruin it. I mean it's not like a soap where there are new actors playing the same characters, this is the same actors just playing different characters... I don't know if I can invest in that.
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It's not that uncommon. Back in the olden times, on the original Star Trek, the same guy played Spock's father, and a Klingon, and a Romulan.



And on the Patty Duke show...



(Also, check out the number of characters per actor on The Simpsons... when Phil Hartman was murdered, about a third of Springfield disappeared.)
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I don't love the idea of having the actors we know & love as certain characters, come back as new ones.
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I am torn on the idea for American Horror Story, as I thought it would be great to explore the Antichrist story line further, and perhaps it still can. I do like this idea though to keep things fresh and interesting, perhaps the seasons can be longer though, and I sure as heck hope that Jessica Lange returns!
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The reason we like this show is its complete unpredictability. They may tell us certain things now, but who knows? Next year, the writers may pull a bombshell out of their asses and an obscure yet miraculous connection with season one might be established!
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I completely agree, and hope that the Antichrist story line is what pulls it all together, because that is a big picture type of story and it would be awesome if all these hauntings across America are connected to his rise to power. I look forward to watching more for sure!!!
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I love this idea.
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I like the news about American Horror Story, maybe Ryan Murphy has finally learned how to run a show. (Maybe)
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Woohooo!!! Roll on season 2 of American Horror Story!!! :-D

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