A well-pedigreed American Horror Story will be told on FX, which has ordered to series the buzzy new drama from Glee bosses Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and starring newly christened Emmy nominee Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Dylan McDermott (The Practice).
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ryan and Brad back to their original home,” says FX president John Landgraf, referencing the pair’s collaboration on Nip/Tuck. “They have shown an uncanny ability to bring original series to the air unlike any that have come before, and to reconcile ‘wildly entertaining’ with the ‘creatively ambitious.’ This series is going to blow audiences back in their seats, and we can’t wait to have it on our air.”
While Horror Story‘s precise premise is being kept under wraps — FX only describes it as the story of “a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish” — this much is known: McDermott and Britton star as Ben Harmon, a sensitive therapist, and his wife Vivien, who is described as a force to be reckoned with in spite of her vulnerable demeanor. Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange will play their nosy neighbor, Constance, while Denis O’Hare (True Blood) fills the role of “Larry the burn guy.”
Rounding out the cast — which is expected to change every season — are relative newcomer Taissa Farmiga (kid sis of Up in the Air‘s Vera) as the Harmons’ daughter, and Invasion/One Tree Hill grad Evan Peters as Tate, a patient of Ben’s who is described as “Charles Manson dangerous.”
Guest stars for the series include Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Alexandra Breckenridge (Dirt) as the Harmon’s housekeepers; and Jamie Brewer as Constance’s daughter.
American Horror Story is set to premiere its 13-episode first season sometime in October.