"American Horror Story" returns in October with a tweak to the title. It will be called "American Horror Story: Asylum," FX and producer Ryan Murphy announced Wednesday.
That's a fitting title since the series will be set in an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange's character, who will not be creepy Constance Langdon, the woman she played to perfection in the show's first season. The new season is set in 1964 and stars Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell and Joseph Fiennes. Adam Levine and Chloe Sevigny also are set to appear. (Peters and Quinto also appeared in the first season, but will be playing different characters in the new season.)
"We picked 'Asylum' because it not only describes the setting--an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange's character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward--but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted," Murphy said in a press release. "This year's theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors."
The first installment of "American Horror Story" recently earned 17 Emmy Award nominations in the miniseries categories. It scored nods for Outstanding Miniseries; Lead Actress for Connie Britton; Supporting Actress for both Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy; Supporting Actor for Denis O'Hare, and recognition in the technical categories for Art Direction (for two separate episodes); Casting; Costumes; Editing; Hairstyling; Main Title Design; Makeup; Prosthetic Makeup; Sound Editing; Sound Mixing and Stunt Coordination.
It was entered in the miniseries categories because it is an anthology series that will reboot itself with a completely different story each season. Or, as Murphy put it, each season offers a "closed-ended story."
"When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn't want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive," Murphy said. "Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we're calling the new installment."
Last season, Britton and Dylan McDermott played a couple who moved to LA to heal their broken marriage. Things didn't quite work out for them.
Principal photography on the new minseries began July 17. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear are executive producers of "American Horror Story: Asylum." It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.Copyright © 2015, RedEye