News Briefs: Jessica Lange Will Haunt American Horror Story Again


... When Season 1 of American Horror Story came to an end, it was obvious that creator Ryan Murphy was going to flip the table over for Season 2 and start all over again with a new setting, a new story, and an all-new cast. Well, an almost all-new cast. Jessica Lange, who won multiple awards for her performance as Constance on the series last year, will return for Season 2. Murphy confirmed the news to Bravo's Andy Cohen last night. It's still unknown if Lange will play her Season 1 character or suit up as someone completely new. For fans of freaky old ladies, this is like Secretary's Day come early! [E! Online]


... Syfy has ordered a third season of special effects and makeup reality competition series Face Off. The series has been a hit for the network, and I'm not gonna lie: It's pretty darned entertaining. Check it out, if only because one of the judges looks like a slightly more human Predator. [Deadline Hollywood]


... ABC Family has ordered a pilot for Bunheads, a drama about the world of dance. This is big news because the series comes from Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls. Bunheads stars Sutton Foster as a woman who leaves her Las Vegas showgirl job to work at her new mother-in-law's dance school in a small town. For once I'd like to see someone on television move from a small town to another small town. [Deadline Hollywood]

... There's a new music-themed reality show on the horizon, because there aren't enough already. American Supergroup will have musicians team up into bands and compete against each other while living with their new bandmates and hopefully developing life-threatening addictions to prescription pills. This is just in the early development phase and doesn't have a home yet. There's just one thing I don't get: a "supergroup" is a group of already famous musicians teaming up. Isn't this just an over-glorified Battle of the No-Name Bands? [Deadline Hollywood]


... Look out, Emmy hopefuls in the Best Actor in a Comedy category! Tony Shalhoub is coming back to steal all your awards. Shalhoub, who was a routine nominee for his work on Monk, will star in the NBC pilot Friday Night Dinner. The single-camera comedy, from The Office's Greg Daniels, centers on a couple that hosts a family dinner every Friday night. Allison Janney, an Emmy winner from The West Wing, will play Shalhoub's wife. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kyle Bornheimer has landed the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot White Man Van. Based on the British series of the same name, the single-camera comedy follows a man who takes over his dad's handyman business. Bornheimer hasn't had much luck on television so far, starring in the failed comedies Worst Week, Romantically Challenged, and Perfect Couples. Maybe Summer Glau and Judy Greer can co-star and the entire show can implode, killing everyone involved. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place, 90210) has signed on for the lead role in The CW's pilot Cult, the latest project from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Lucas will play a PA on a fictional show called Cult that spawns a rash of copycat killings. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Who's Roger Daltrey will lend his voice to Once Upon a Time as the Caterpillar in an Alice in Wonderland-themed episode. Alice in Wonderland, not a fairy tale. Is this show running out of ideas already? Is Dumbo next? [EW]

... Stephen Lang, who you may know as Taylor from Terra Nova, will appear on multiple episodes of USA's In Plain Sight. I'm just going to take a shot in the dark and assume he'll play a military leader who can do more push-ups than you. Terra Nova is still waiting to hear from Fox whether it will be renewed for a second season. [THR]

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