What do brains taste like? Does Jessica Lange do her Tennessee Williams thing when the cameras aren't rolling? (Yes!) How difficult is it to cut an umbilical cord, Dylan McDermott? Who doesn't approve of Connie Britton screaming about vaginas outside Murder House when there is a real-life convent across the street? Is the place really haunted?
American Horror Story Exclusive Sneak Peek: Find out what the house really wants!
snooped around visited the Harmons' haunted house on a mighty chilly day last month, just as the cast and crew of American Horror Story put the final touches on filming "Birth," the season's penultimate episode (Wednesday at 10/9c on FX), creepy, gross and bizarre things were going down. We took notes and quizzed the show's stars for answers! Who is delivering Vivien's...
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When we last saw the ghost of Nora Montgomery, formerly a '20s-era socialite who maintained her well-to-do lifestyle by feeding her flailing, drug-addicted surgeon husband starlets in need of an abortion, she was telling Ben to man up and protect his baby from crazy Hayden! (At least, he thinks the thing inside Vivien is his...)
American Horror Story's Lily Rabe, who plays the original owner of and oldest ghost in Casa Harmon, tells TVGuide.com that modern-day Nora is more of a haunted, rather than haunting, spirit.
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FX's American Horror Story is arguably the season's sexiest, scariest, strangest show — and it's about to get even weirder. Yep, that means fans can expect more Rubber Man, more ghosts of tenants past, more on Constance's creepy kids and — finally! — the truth behind the baby-daddy mystery. At the heart of the sex-and-screams series are Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton), the tenuously married couple who buy the wicked old mansion in L.A. known as "The Murder House." Britton and McDermott take us inside the don't-watch-it-alone thriller...
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of American Horror Story. Read at your own risk.]
Is Ben going to get out of American Horror Story alive? Even with Hayden out of the picture (or so it seems) at the end of Wednesday's episode, Ben's still in all sorts of trouble. He confessed to Vivien that he cheated again — that is, after she caught him the first time -- and has been booted from the house. He was also visited by the ghost of Dr. Charles' angry wife, who wants him to man-up and protect his (er, Rubber Man's) baby at all costs. Meanwhile, Larry the Burn Guy wants Ben to leave the house, give him a thousand bucks, or kill him, depending on his mood.
American Horror Story: What else went down on Halloween night? Evan Peters dishes
But forget about Ben — what about everyone else? The long Halloween night may be over, but the horrors — and lingering questions — remain. What's growing inside Vivien? What does Constance want? Why can't Tate know about Adelaide's death? (He's also totally dead, right?) Series stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Evan Peters do their best to answer:
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They say "Everything's Bigger in Texas," which happens to be the episode title for the premiere of Bravo's Texas-set ninth season of Top Chef (10/9c). And it also may explain why a ginormous platoon of 29 chef-testants descends on the historic Alamo for the first round of competition, and why the process of narrowing the field to a Top 16 can't even be contained within the first pulse-pounding episode.
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Halloween isn't over just yet for the Harmons. On Wednesday's conclusion of American Horror Story's two-part event, it's not just Hayden and the house ghosts who want vengeance.
When Tate takes Violet out for their date — curious that he jumps at the chance to do it on Halloween night — he'll be greeted by some angry, not to mention bloody and mutilated peers who will reveal new things about his dark past. But first, TVGuide.com quizzed Evan Peters, who plays Ben's homicidal dreamer psych patient Tate, about all the questions lingering from last week: i.e. Why does Tate know so much about what lurks in the basement? What's his deal with Rubber Man? Is he working for Constance? While we're at it: What's so great about Violet anyway?
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American Horry Story has been renewed for a 13-episode second season.
"It's one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience—it's something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up, network President John Landgraf said Monday in announcing the renewal. "Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/Tuck, Glee and now American Horror Story, which will be scaring FX's viewers to death for many years to come."
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the premiere of American Horror Story. Read at your own risk.]
So now you know what that creepy Rubber Man was doing on the posters for FX's American Horror Story. Give a squeal for Vivien's (very likely) baby daddy!
Will American Horror Story be a hit for FX?
TVGuide.com spoke to series star Connie Britton about the burning questions that linger from Wednesday's premiere, the show's planned two-part Halloween frightfest and what more viewers can expect from the deliciously sick and twisted minds of creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk:
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE A HAUNTED HOME: To hell with Casper. The ghosts are decidedly unfriendly these days. Not content to go "Boo!" in the night, the malevolent spirits that haunt FX's terminally twisted American Horror Story (10/9c) have a tendency to get under the skin, playing sexually charged and violent mind games with their victims.
But how frightening is this haunted-house creep show? Depends on whether you're of the "less is more" or "more is more" school of terror. Horror Story errs on the side of overkill, reminding us of the perilously thin line between what's scary and just plain silly. From Ryan Murphy (Glee) in his garishly gothic psychosexual Nip/Tuck mode of wretched excess, this is so overstuffed and disjointed in its reckless piling on of nasty shocks-for-shock's-sake, it often feels as if it were edited with a Cuisinart on "chain saw" setting.
Still, I defy you not to get goose bumps anytime a character descends into the Cellar Where Disgusting Evil Lurks, starting with the classic prologue — set in 1978, the year Halloween premiered, and ...
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Cable network FX has built a name for itself with daring drama series such as The Shield and Nip/Tuck. But American Horror Story — Glee cocreator Ryan Murphy's new "psychosexual" (his word) drama kicks it up more than a few notches. Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton play a couple whose marriage is already in trouble when they move into a house with a history of mayhem and find themselves involved with sexually provocative ghosts (think rubber suits and French-maid outfits) and a basement decorated in wall-to-wall carnage. We talked with FX Network president John Landgraf about the challenge of bringing such a bold project to ad-supported TV.
TV Guide Magazine: You're breaking some new ground with this show in terms of graphic content. Are viewers ready for this?
Landgraf: I actually disagree with that