American Horror Story Season 7: “Anyone Who Voted in the Last Election Will Very Much Enjoy What it’s About”

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In a new interview on E! News, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy shared some interesting tidbits about the next installment of his hit anthology series.

“Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson are the leads. But even they don’t know who they’re playing. We just started back with the writer’s room of that,” he explained.

Murphy continued: “It’s a modern story, is all I’ll say. It’s very, very scary, and very fun, and very topical. Anyone who voted in the last election will very much enjoy what it’s about.”

Watch the interview below:

AHS season 7 will air not long after next Labor Day. The show has already been renewed for seasons 8 and 9 as well, and Murphy previously teased to E! that one season could be a crossover between Coven and Murder House, and, to Entertainment Weekly, he said that season 8 was his “secret season” that only he and one other writer know about.

Perfect Casting: Selma Blair as Kris Jenner in New O.J. Simpson Drama

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Photos from left: Kris Jenner photographed by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com; Selma Blair photographed by Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

In “well that’s pretty amazing” casting news, Ryan Murphy has brought in the incomparable Selma Blair to play Kris Kardashian Jenner in the forthcoming American Crime Story, which is of course about O.J. Simpson and is sure to include enough courtroom scenes to call for a home screening of Legally Blonde to freshen up on what Selma looks like giving her best side eye. I mean Selma Blair as Kris Jenner? Yes!

More casting news this way….

So in preparation, here’s a look at Selma Blair at her most Kardashian-esque (you didn’t think she was like that, but she is):

Selma Blair tries blonde, just as a Kardashian is wont to do — i.e. Kim’s platinum moment.

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Photo: Leandro Justin/BFAnyc.com

Trying interesting  and intricate hairstyles, a la Kourtney Kardashian
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Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Pictured here with a child — possibly (just maybe!) exercising her inner Momager (“Smile for the camera, honey.” Right?!)
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Photo: Owen Kolasinski/BFAnyc.com

 

Ryan Murphy Brings ‘Provocative’ Series to HBO

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Ryan Murphy, who is currently represented on television with three scripted shows (American Horror Story, Glee, and The New Normal), is added an HBO series to his roster. Open, which is described as "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships," has gotten a pilot order from the network. Collaborating with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis. This will be his second project with the cable network, as his adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart is also being produced by HBO

Deadline gives some details about the show:

Open revolves around five lead characters, including a married couple of thirtysomethings, the husband’s male co-worker and a woman in her 40s who is a yoga professional. Murphy said he had been bouncing ideas about a show exploring human relationships when Dante Di Loreto of his company, Ryan Murphy Prods, heard about Gussis working on a similar project and put them together. “She was great fresh voice and energy,” Murphy said about combining his efforts with Gussis. The two worked on the script in December, marking the first time Murphy had written a project on spec instead of selling a pitch. As for the spec landing at HBO: “I’m thrilled about it,” Murphy said, noting his great relationship with Lombardo through Normal Heart and calling HBO a perfect home for Open. “They have great projects, and this is really an adult show that is very frank in its depiction of sex.” But that depiction never feels gratuitous, 20th TV chairman Newman adds. “It is a very honest exploration of relationships and intimacy, and the sex feels organic to the subject matter,” he said.

"That depiction never feels gratuitious." Considering Murphy is responsible for a serial killer who targets plastic surgeons on Nip/Tuck, a ghost rapist on American Horror Story, and all of that Autotuning on Glee, I’m already giving this project a side-eye. But hey, at least HBO’s relaxed standards means there will be more naked people. Silver lining!

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‘American Horror Story’ Third Season Definitely About Witches

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American Horror Story: Coven. It’s very clear here that the third season of Ryan Murphy’s batshit crazy, hypersexual anthology series will feature some witchy women. As we’ve reported, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, and Lily Rabe will all be back for the third season, as well as other regulars Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. (Zachary Quinto assumes he’s not invited back to the party.) First of all, I’m pretty pumped for this upcoming season, because (#RememberThe90s) how great was The Craft, you guys? But also, it makes my theory that Jessica Lange is the head of a coven of Hollywood witches even more solid. Art imitates life, folks. 

[via Vulture]

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Taylor Kitsch Joining ‘The Normal Heart’ Cast

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Taylor Kitsch, AKA Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, AKA my boyfriend, is said to be joining the cast of Ryan Murphy’s HBO adaptation of the play, The Normal Heart.

The autobiographical play by Larry Kramer focuses on the HIV/AIDS crisis of the early ’80s. 

The Normal Heart debuted off-Broadway during the mid-’80s, debuted on Broadway in 2011 and won Tony Awards for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor, and Best Featured Actress.

According to Perez Hilton, Kitsch would play Bruce Niles, a closeeted investment banker turned activist who spars with the lead, Ned Weeks.

Others actors already cast for the HBO project — which could be either a film or a miniseries — are Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, and Jim Parsons.

Roberts will play Dr. Emma Brookner, a paralegic doctor who focuses on this strange illness mainly killing off gay men in New York City and Parson will reprise the role he played on Broadway of Tommy Boatwright, a gay activist.

Bomer will play Felix Turner, a New York Times reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. 

The Normal Heart is to appear in 2014.

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Lily Rabe Returns for ‘American Horror Story’ Third Season

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Actress Lily Rabe, who was a part of our annual New Regime last month, has certainly received approval from TV honcho Ryan Murphy. After nabbing a featured role on the first season of American Horror Story and getting her name in the credits for American Horror Story: Asylum (and getting possessed by the devil, no big whoop), Rabe will be returning to the show for the series third season. The details are still pretty slight, but Rabe will be reteaming with season two regulars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters, as well as season one cast member Taissa Farmiga

[via EW; Photo by Emilie Elizabeth]
 

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Taissa Farmiga to Return to ‘American Horror Story’ for Third Season

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We’ve already shared Ryan Murphy’s bat-shit crazy idea (as if there is any other kind) for the third season of American Horror Story: something about Jessica Lange playing a "glamour cat". But it looks like an old friend will also be returning to the show. Taissa Farmiga, who played the troubled daughter of Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton in the first season, will be reuniting with Murphy on his bizarre horror journey. Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly, “I missed her this season. There wasn’t really a role for her. I feel very protective of her and I didn’t want her to go back into the loony bin—it was too dark. So I thought well ‘I want Taissa to be one of the leads next year.’ I called her up and pitched her the character for the season and she loved it and she said, ‘Yes let’s do it.’" Now if we can only confirm a cameo from Connie Britton’s hair…

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Ryan Murphy Hints at Third Season of ‘American Horror Story’

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I gave up on American Horror Story: Asylum around the time that Anne Frank showed up, because when Anne Frank shows up to the party, it’s time for me to leave. I think that’s a pretty fair mantra! But, since I loved the first season of the show, and since the next season will have a completely new cast and story line, I figured there’s still a chance that it’s worth watching. And luckily, Jessica Lange will return to her new BFF Ryan Murphy’s crazy-ass fever nightmare. 

Murphy is slated to sit down with the show’s writers to come up with a third season story line next week, but he’s already dropped some hints about what’s up there in that brain of his:

Season three is “really about female power,” Murphy said, adding that the enigmatic figure next year (i.e. Rubber Man and Bloody Face) will also be female. So far, Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters have all signed to return. “I got Jessica to do it because I did everything she asked … and I also told her she will have hair, makeup, and the best designer gowns ever made. She’s going to play a real glamour cat sort of lady.” Murphy said he’s currently reaching out to several actors who Lange asked to work with, but wouldn’t say who they are. “She’s sort of become an uncredited producer now,” he said.

A glamour cat? Like Grizabella?! I’m sold! Also, I’m crossing my fingers pretty hard that Lange wants to reunite with her Crimes of the Heart sisters, Diane Keaton and Sissy Spacek. Hell, Ryan Murphy should just hire me to cast this show already. I’ll pretend that I don’t hate The New Normal, I promise! 

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NPR Claims It’s All Sunshine and Roses Now That There Are Gay Men on TV

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Any article that starts with, "The pop culture gay flavor of the minute? White gay dads," will likely have me digging my fingernails into my palms by the time I scroll down to the bottom of the page. Ta da! Congrats, NPR, because you managed to incite my first internet-based rage of 2013!

In an article accompanying a story that ran this morning on the air, NPR writer Neda Ulaby discovers that our television sets are blowin’ up with friendly, proud, and out gay men who are showing the world how it can get better, or something. Yes, on Modern Family and The New Normal, there are white dudes who have sex with each other (but not onscreen, because ewwwww) and procreating with the help of, I dunno, white women and Asian adoption agencies. Breaking news, gang!

It’s a mini-boomlet, says real-life white gay dad and sociology professor Joshua Gamson. Not too long ago, he says, pop culture once mainly defined gay men as promiscuous and deviant, rather than monogamous and devoted to their families.

"It does seem like a strong counterstereotype of how gay men have been portrayed over the past, whatever, 50 years," he said.

A boomlet! Cute! The article also mentions, obviously, Will & Grace, whose creator, Max Mutchnik, also created the similarly gay-themed (and immediately cancelled) Partners. And, obviously, there’s the king of Gay TV, Ryan Murphy, who is responsible for Glee (gay teenagers!), The New Normal (gays who love NeNe Leakes!), and American Horror Story (murdered lesbians! a male ghost in a pleather body suit who rapes and kills a gay couple!). Sure, there’s also Max on Happy Endings, the lovably sarcastic and dumpy gay guy, but even his romantic prospects are hardly ever the focus of an episode (I say that regretfully, because I do love that show).

To give some balance to this piece, After Ellen‘s Trish Bendix gives some solid points about the representation of queer women on television: 

"Well, actually, there have been a lot of women of color, which has been great," said Trish Bendix, who runs a website called After Ellen that tracks lesbian representation on television. She rattled off at least a half-dozen shows with nonwhite queer female characters: White CollarThe Good WifeUnderemployedPretty Little LiarsGrey’s AnatomyGlee.

But too often, says Bendix, these are small roles played by exoticized, slinky femmes. "Like, ‘the other’ is always going to be the other," she observed ruefully. "So we’ll just pile all that otherness on the one person."

It’s true, though. After we’re done compiling lists of all the gay men on TV, can we narrow down which ones are not white? Because, let’s be honest, the modern definition of "gay" seems to be "white man who lives in the city and shops with all of his disposable income." And on top of that, do any of those men have personalities that don’t fit into a masculine-feminine binary? Because, you see, all gay men are either super queeny or straight acting, if The New Normal is to be believed. Or, perhaps even worse, any gay man who does not seem to be floating on Cloud Nine is, in turn, doomed, or perhaps evil, as one can see from any queer character on American Horror Story or Thomas from Downton Abbey, who is brought up at the end of the NPR article as a "character [who] once might have been seen as a homophobic stereotype [but now] blends into an ever-expanding universe." (Lemme know if that universe ever expands to include some queers who aren’t trying to screw over everyone they encounter.)

The point is this: we’ve come a long way in terms of the way gay men are represented on television. But we’ve only made it half way. Should we have congratulated the people behind Soap for creating the first regular gay character on a sitcom, or do you think we’re allowed to acknowledge the borderline homophobic humor surrounding the man’s (played by a straight guy, naturally) decision to "become straight" by pursuing a sex-change? Looking back on it, that was kind of screwed up, huh?

Hopefully in another twenty years or so we’ll have progressed to a place where we’re not just patting ourselves on the back for putting gay men on TV and saying, "Good work, everyone! Now, to collect the checks!" Because there’s a larger world of queer people out there who are still not represented, and its clear that there’s little to no interest in those who don’t fit into the whitewashed gay world that’s being packaged for middle America, just slightly and cheekily enough not to rock any boats. 

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