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'American Horror Story: Coven' debuts Oct. 9

"American Horror Story: Coven" will premiere at 9 p.m. CT Oct. 9, FX announced Tuesday.

The 13-part third installment of the horror anthology focuses on witches in American and stars many familiar names to the "AHS" franchise, including Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Denis O'Hare. Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts and Patti LuPone join the fray, um, fun in the new season.

Co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has said "Coven" will be much lighter than the original "AHS" and last year's "Asylum," but I'm not convinced after watching the creepy teasers FX has been sending out. In the latest, three witches are being burned at the stake, but they are floating just in front of the stakes and above  the fires.

Here's more from FX about "Coven," which is currently filming in New Orleans:

"American Horror Story: Coven" tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.


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