News Briefs: The Next Season of American Horror Story Will Be Set in the Year...


... Because we are a society that's never satisfied with being here now, we're already talking about the fourth season of American Horror Story. Season 3 hasn't even ended yet, but Ryan Murphy is throwing impatient fans a bone and has revealed that Season 4 of the horror mash-up will take place in the year... 1950. And Jessica Lange will be sporting a German accent. No word on the specifics, but Ryan says you can pick up some clues by reading a history book and educating yourself on what happened that year. After a quick glance at Wikipedia, I've decided that American Horror Story Season 4 will be all about the horrifying debut of the Volkswagen Bus, and those buses will be full of ghosts and zombies and horny minotaurs. [EW]


... Okay, miniserieseses are officially a thing now. Even The CW has one in the works! The network that made it cool to be pretty has picked up the four-hour mini Labyrinth, starring John Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Brown-Findlay, and Tom Felton. Labyrinth will jump between two time periods, one in 1209 France and the other in modern-day France, as a pair of women from both hunt for the Holy Grail. [The CW via press release]

... HBO has renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for Season 13, in advance of the January 17 premiere of Season 12. [HBO via press release]

... Adult Swim ordered a third season of China, IL today. Okay cool, but when are you going to order a fourth season of Eagleheart, network? [Adult Swim via press release]

... Saving the world a bit of e-paper, CBS decided to renew its entire daytime lineup in one fell swoop! Let's Make a Deal, The Price Is Right, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Talk will all be back to entertain the stay-at-home moms and former Blockbuster clerks of America. The Young and the Restless got the best deal, earning a multi-year renewal that's good through 2017. [CBS via press release]

... There's some outrage over CBS's How I Met Your Mother in the wake of Monday's episode, which featured characters from the show dressed up as Asians. Most times people overreact, but man oh man this was pretty dumb stuff that could've easily been avoided. [Buzzfeed]

... CBS has ordered the comedy pilot Taxi-22, based on a French Canadian series. The project, about a grumpy taxi driver, was to be produced by the late James Gandolfini. This is the first pilot of the season to get picked up by CBS. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is developing a multi-camera comedy starring rapper-actress Eve. Not much is known besides the fact that it's about an interracial couple and will be produced by the people behind The Neighbors, but that should tell you everything you need to know about it. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Benjamin Bratt! Come on down, you're the next actor to join Fox's 24: Live Another Day! (Yvonne Strahovski signed on earlier this week.) Bratt, who you know as Detective Rey Curtis from Law & Order and Manny's biological dad on Modern Family, will play Steve Harris. Not the actor Steve Harris who just guest-starred on Justified, but Steve Harris the fictional head of the CIA who's after Jack Bauer. 24: Live Another Day will premiere on Monday, May 5. [Fox via press release]

... CBS's Intelligence will bring on guest-stars Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) and Peter Coyote (The 4400). Trucco will play Riley's ex, and Coyote will play Lillian's dad. [TV Guide]

... 74-year-old multiple-Oscar-nominee Jane Alexander will guest-star on CBS's Elementary as a pen pal to Sherlock. He'll enlist her help in a case he's working, and after years of writing dirty letters to each other, they'll meet face to face. And then Sherlock will regret all those sexy things he wrote because EWWWW old person! [TV Guide]

... Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) has booked a role on Fox's crime drama Backstrom, the new Rainn Wilson vehicle that Fox ordered to series after CBS passed on it. Wilson plays a grumpy, overweight detective. Dekker will be his connection to the criminal underworld. [TV Guide]