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Before Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Oscars in February, the How I Met Your Mother alum is checking off another thing his bucket list. Harris will make American Horror Story debut when Freak Show returns Wednesday, Jan. 7 (10/9c, FX).

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The actor will play Chester, the new owner of Elsa's (Jessica Lange) show who attracts the attention of Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), but seems more into his ventriloquist dummy. In addition to running the freak show, Chester is also a magician, only it seems like he takes the "sawing a person in half" act a little too far.

Harris will appear in Episodes 11 and 12, while his husband David Burtka will appear in the finale.