Monday, August 5, 2013

Horror on TV: Details Emerge for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

Believe it or not, summer is about to come to a close (Labor Day looms, but a month away) and for fans of horror based TV, that means the return of FX's American Horror Story. From the get-go I was extremely excited about this show, the trailers promised everything I would love about a horror based television show, and it was everything I wanted in horror-tv. Alteast for the first half of the season. However, the second season completely renewed by faith in the series, and I am anxiously awaiting its return in late September. 

For those of you who may not be familiar, the series has an interesting format. Each season presents a new story, new characters, new environments and new settings, however, retaining much of the same cast. It's pretty cool, and it worked really well with this last season. This season they will be bringing back cast members from season 2, some from season 1 and some new ones that I think will really nail it this year. 

Aside from the fact that I am already a fan of the series, this season is going to be based in and around my favorite city, and some of my favorite folk-lore of all time: New Orleans, and it's voodoo background. (In case you aren't picking up on it, this is wet-dream fodder for me). 

Some casting details have emerged for American Horror Story: Coven, which will follow the story of witches throughout time, based in quaint 'ol New Orleans. 

Jessica Lange, the recurring star of AHS, will be playing a witch named Fiona. She has remarked in interviews that the show will take place in several different eras, so we will be seeing a lot of different stories. This sounds like it will be similar to last years AHS: Asylum. 

Sarah Paulson, one of my favorites from last year, will be playing Lange's daughter, Cordelia. 

I'm very excited about this one, the amazing Kathy Bates will be joining the AHS cast this year and she will be playing Madame Delphine LaLaurie a wealthy 19th century Louisiana-born socialite/serial killer who was known for the torture and murder of her slaves. Her story is that of legend in New Orleans. Look it up, it's plenty interesting. 

The most exciting bit of casting new for me is that of Angela Bassett being cast as none other than Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen. Laveau is probably the most legendary figure to come out of New Orleans, a figure of mythology and huge historical impact, you can still visit her grave-site (which has become a sort of shrine) in the Big Easy. 

 I cannot wait for this season, it promises to be pure magic (teehee, no pun intended). For you AHS fans, also plan on seeing Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Lily Rabe return to the screen as well as new comer Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).  

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