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... 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]


BUSINESS TIME

... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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]


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I'm down for some Labyrinth.
As for the new season of AHS, bring it on!

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props for that The 4400 reference. what a bad-ass show that was.
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More China, IL after last season's half-hour format worked so well? Fuckin' yeah, bitches!

CBS, because fuckit, daytime is whatevs. I actually feel like their daytime could add another silly sort of thing and still work.
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Labyrinth sounds good.

I don't like the new AHS plot then, if it's going to be about politics/nazis/communism... I am so tired of that subject. I would rather have had circus freaks.
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That "Labryinth" miniseries sounds like it could be based off of Kate Mosse's novel of the same name from 2005. Great book!
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If it's about McCarthyism, it will lose me.
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oh!! Does one dare to hope for AHS 4 to deal with McCarthyism? I could really use some political horror, and Murphy would definitely be the right guy to do it!
Less likely, but fun to imagine: the horrid story of Charles M Schultz creating Peanuts, or the terrorizing true events leading up to Judy Garland getting fired by MGM.
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I think it is something connected to this, remember he said earlier that Season 4 is still in New Orleans, so my idea are two fold, one, there was something called the Civil Defense Act passed in LA around then to prepare for nuclear war that might be crazy, in Germany it was the first of the separations between East and West Berlin (post War before the Wall) and it is said that for a time after the war, that the U.S. had basically German prisoner of war camps so that could be connected (or she could just be an ex Nazi), the other idea is that in that time frame was the beginning of organized crime in New Orleans. The other big story I found was that a DA went into a club and never came out alive and the blame is on some sort of knock out drink or something.
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American Horror Story: Nukes? :)

As fun is it is watching Ms Lange bitching around, I'd like to see her play an underdog character, someone to really root for. an unjust held PoW could really do it for me

I would love to see
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ok... that was my worst language ever :( sorry for that
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The most consistently good show on HBO gets renewed! Very pleased to know Bill Maher is going to be around pointing out the absurdity of organized religion for another year. Atheists rule!
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I'm pretty sure I've seen Labyrinth already...wasn't it made a couple of years ago in the UK? About a woman who is supernaturally linked to an ancestor in medieval Europe who was burnt at the stake as a witch. Her present day relative is drawn into a mystery when working at an archaelogical dig. A mysterious earthquake reveals a cave where two skeletons are found. Through a series of flashbacks the two stories eventually intertwine. Eventually it turns out that the ancestor was part of an order that was protecting the secret of the grail. Sound familiar? Are we sure this isn't just an import?
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure Europe has already released it. I've seen fan videos to it.
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Same plot from the book Labryinth by Kate Mosse's!
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Jessica Lang with an German accent, I hope to God they give her an accent coach, and a damn good one. German accents are one of those accents you have to get right otherwise you sound like a fucking cartoon.
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If anyone can channel Marlene Dietrich it's Jessica.
It could be very good, it could also be a disaster.
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Super overreaction over the HIMYM episode.
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Right? To me, it's all about intentions. It was a homage episode to martial arts movies, and it was funny. They weren't making fun of asian people. Tell me why, this is the first time I've ever even heard of "yellowface"
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I'd never heard of yellowface either. It seems like people are constantly waiting to be offended. It's annoying. I'm Irish, and while it is a bit annoying that the "fiddle-dee-dee, Top o' the Morning, begorrah and begosh" Oirish stereotype/ Drunk Irishman stereotype is perpetrated almost everywhere in US shows, I don't get up in arms every time I see it done and cry "Racism!"
We do drink too much, so fair enough.
I looked at that episode of HIMYM and saw it for what it was, a show paying tribute to loads of martial arts films, and it made me laugh. Not because I was all like "Haha, those Asians!", but because I have genuinely seen films with storylines like that. The whole thing was blown way out of proportion.
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AHS - With J. Lange in a German accent, they defenitely wanted us to think nazi, but they already did nazi stuff before... and then again, that would not be the main theme anyways... what would that be this time? Monster aliens? Seems adecuate for that period.

I didn't even remember that Peter Coyote was in the 4400... a veteran actor like that, what a strange reference for him! Plus, he's been on more stuff after that...

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American Horror Story set in 1950. Jessica Lange practicing a German accent.
The clue was in episode 11 Protect the Coven. The Witch Hunter says it.
"I feel like I'm trying to rid the state department of communists"
Easy reference to McCarthyism and the second red scare.
Also in 1950, the rise of structured German Communist Party.
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I cannot see how a horror story can be based on communist, but yeah, I guess that would be very American.
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if it really does end up being based around the all that Joseph McCarthy/Red Scare insanity, It could work. I mean, if it's easy for people to imagine a horror story based in an asylum, it's not that much of a stretch to imagine the horror of the insane running free and in positions of power
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It could be very Kafka'esque. And that is very scary.
McCarthyism is one of the darkest parts of American history.
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To be honest, me neither. I can't think of a setting or plot or anything but I suppose thats why I don't run the show, its just that the clues do seem to fit if they are even clues.
Personally I'd love circus freaks season.
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American Horror Story: Hitler's Baby.
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I think I lost some of my enthusiasm for the new 24. Benjamin Bratt is an ok actor, but I don't think he's up to the intensity that 24 demanded in the past.
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American Horror Story : Roswell Area 51, UFO Crash in 1950...

Let's get our fingers crossed :P
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Another season about aliens... Very groundbreaking.
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American Horror Story : Area 51.
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I wanna see a show about Benjamin Bratt playing the actor Steve Harris when he guest stars on Justified.
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What didn't HIMYM screw up in that episode.
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American Horror Story: What?
United States defeats England 1-0 during the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, Hell freezes over. All demons & minor hellspawn escape to the warmer climes of Earth, wackiness ensues.
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isn't how I met your mother's audience the kind that would find that sort of thing funny? I just know HIMYM never appealed to me.
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Me, either. But let's not insult the people who do enjoy it. Personally, I think this is overblown.
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not actually familiar with the stunt in question, it being overblown wouldn't surprise me really.
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No news that interests me much and I am 3 seasons behind on American Horror Story, though it has been mentioned to me to watch it.
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Not exactly a show you get behind in, since they are standalone seasons, and you can start at the beginning of any season.
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having given all three seasons a shot I personally don't think you've missed anything.
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The first organ transplant happened in 1950.
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I believe you meant: Thomas Dekker (THE SECRET CIRCLE)
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Lol, I knew someone would say that. I disagree. T:TSCC was far better than TSC, and he was in Heroes before that. So it's either Thomas Dekker (Heroes) or Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

T:TSCC was one of the most irritating cancellations in recent years, along with Terriers and Stargate Universe. TSC on the other hand...meh...mediocre show...I don't think I would have watched season 2 anyway.
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I bow in front of your wisdom.
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heroes was no better than the secret circle. both had promising enough starts and then failed miserably.
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I didn't say that Heroes was better, only that we saw him there before we saw him in the other two shows. But since we're talking about it, I think the first season of Heroes was far better than TSC, but the third was far worse.
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His breakout role was as John Connor in the Sarah Connor Chronicles
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I've decided thatAmerican 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. = how big is this bus?
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I've gone through the history of 1950 and there isn't much stuff for a horror angle.
Trapped miners? A- and H-bomb research? Some other, weird German scientific angle, Philadelphia experiment continuing trans-dimensional fringe sciences? Area 51 and Roswell? WTF did Ryan mean with history books? McCarthy and the hunt for communists? How can that be horror? Ghost communists? Or all of that as a huge cover for the start of the real Men in black? Ah ...
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Probably McCarthyism - it does seem like a topic that would appeal.
Psycho politicians with fanatical followers would probably be the angle. The McCarran Internal security act could also be a backdrop.

The Korean War - turns out the North Korean leader is actually a vampire with mommy issues and herpes

Attempted assassination of Harry S. Truman was carried out by people who were possessed

The resurgence of evangelical Christianity - why not? season 2 had nuns

The Cold War - The Russians have sleeper agents who are actually Devil worshipers and kleptomaniacs!

The development of the hydrogen bomb - human sacrifices were made.

L Ron Hubbard publishes Dianetics - Scientology for all!

Peanuts comic strip begins to get published - turns out Snoopy was a real dog, but a bad dog....BAD DOG!
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It has to be something new, something specific not used so far.
We had ghosts (spirits), serial killers, demonic possession, zombies, mutants, human experiments carried out by nazis, aliens, alien abduction, witches, vodoo(or hodoo), the occult ...
Science-y horror? Omega bomb, MK-Ultra, you know what? I give up. Right now I guess it's not about Dialectics because of being afraid of being sued all the time so Snoopy reads probable enough to me.lol
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A REAL BAD DOG!!!!
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Probably big enough to carry 13 episodes
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1950 was also the start of the Korean War and the McCarthy Trials.
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Also Truman instructed to start building the hydrogen bomb..
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I'm so glad Thomas Dekker is back!
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Too bad it's a police procedural. But it's probably good for his career to step outside the supernatural genre.
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Well let's see 1950, 5 years after WW2, we pulled out several German scientists to work for the US Government mostly on Nukes, rockets and such. You also have 1950 being 3 years after the Roswell incident in New Mexico. Murphy has been flirting with Aliens for the past two seasons. Also speaking of Aliens and rockets and scientists creating nifty things, that was the start of the modern era and the lore that surrounds Area 51. Whichever way he decides to go we can be sure of one thing, at least one of the characters is going to have mommy issues, since that seems to be the only recurrent theme and the only consistent thing in any of the seasons.
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Isn't "mommy issues" a recurring theme on all of Ryan Murphy's shows?
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haha, I was catching up on this season of AHS thinking, Ryan Murphy must have serious mommy issues.
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Everything you said: thumbs up. Also, 1950 was the year the Mattachine Society formed. It doesn't really lend itself to horror but given that it's a show by Ryan Murphy I wouldn't be surprised if he found some way to work that and McCarthy in.
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