So far this year the promo videos for American Horror Story: Coven, thankfully, have not been as much of an onslaught as last years massive collection of weird and wonderful teasers. Whereas last year they started to get stale very quick, this years continue to be very interesting, yet make very little sense.
The latest, called “Staircase” makes no sense at all, but it does come with the tagline: “Misbehave and incur our kind of suspension”
You will find the new promo video at the bottom of this post, but first we have some very juicy details to share with you about the show, from the mouth of the shows creator himself, Ryan Murphy.
Murphy was recently interviewed by Deadline regarding the shows multiple Emmy nominations for Asylum, and he began opening up about all sorts of cool stuff. While we have your attention, also embedded at the bottom of this post is a new promo video celebrating American Horror Story: Aslyum’s 17 Emmy nominations.
He first spoke of adding new and interesting characters as the show moves on, and with Coven we will be getting a big star half way through:
“We do fun, really cool casting every day. Yesterday I cast Christine Ebersole, who’s a great Tony Award winning actress. She’s going to play this [recurring] Glenda the Good Witch-type of gal. I’m getting ready to cast the big male lead who comes in on Episode 6 as Jessica Lange’s love interest. I’ve been meeting with actors for that. I don’t have any idea who that’s going to be. [Lange] plays a real femme fatale. Last year she was always in nun’s outfits, and this year she’s almost always exclusively in head-to-toe Yves St Laurent. [Laughs.] I think people will love Jessica Lange playing that powerful, dark, sexy character.”
Two of the biggest draws to the new series is seeing what Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett can bring to the show, and Murphy is confident that they, and the rest of his predominantly female cast will deliver:
“They (Bates and Bassett) were fans of the show. They were fans of Jessica’s, and they loved what we were able to do with her. They’re all having a ball. Many times we’ll give them two-, three-, four-page scenes where they’re sitting in a room just really going at each other. For example, we’re writing an episode now that’s completely about mothers and daughters. It’s really fun to give these amazing actresses material that’s worthy and meaty. This is a very female-heavy year, the most female-heavy project I think I’ve ever done. It really does feel like a George Cukor movie. [Laughs.] It’s The Women by design. The fun thing about ‘Horror Story’ is every year it’s a different tone, it’s a different world, it’s a different story. Will next year be as female-heavy? Probably not. It’s also really fun for Kathy and Angela because they’re playing real people, they’re playing historical characters that we’ve put our ‘Horror Story’ bent on. They can research these roles. They both have collected a large resource library that they refer to all the time, and I think that’s also a lot of fun for them.”
Murphy then spoke of how the whole thing comes together:
“It’s a really wonderful situation. Usually what happens is, we start shooting every year in July to go on in October because it’s always a very Halloween show. We shoot from July through January. This year I think we’re shooting until the end of July, so it’s a long shoot in terms of a limited miniseries. Every year around September I’ve been thinking all summer long about what’s the idea for next year. By September I will have usually finished the script of Episode 10, and then I will go in to Dana Walden and Gary Newman [from 20th Century Fox Television] and say, ‘OK, here is the idea for next season.’ They’ll hear it, and in every case before they’ve been wildly enthusiastic. Then I’ll spend September through January with the writers, researching it, pulling historical material because we have a lot of real-life characters in the series. We’ll also start designing it in January.
The sets we start designing really early. Then from January through July, we write and create the costumes and the sets. So it really is a year-round process. But it changes. There was a point last year in August where I was like, ‘I want to do an entire season about the [Charles] Manson case.’ But then we decided that wasn’t respectful to the victims, and it’s really hard to get life rights. So I went to the other idea, which was New Orleans witches that I’ve always been obsessed with. We might go back to the Manson thing in some regard one day. We spend a lot of time specifically trying to get the look and the tone of it right. Every year has a different tone.”
Coven takes place over different time periods, using both the 1830?s and a modern day setting, Kathy Bates plays real life serial killer Madam LaLaurie, a woman who kept slaves captive in her home in the 1800s, and Angela Bassett plays famed voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau.
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s awesome series will continue with American Horror Story: Coven, and the first three dates and title cards for the episodes have been revealed, and they are as follows:
Episode 3.01 – “Bitchcraft” (09-Oct-2013)
Episode 3.02 – “Boy Parts” (16-Oct-2013)
Episode 3.03 – “Replacements, The” (23-Oct-2013)
The third season of the popular horror series will star Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, and Denis O’Hare.
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