TVLine Items: Ryan Murphy Reveals Horror Story Season 2 Scoop, NCIS Casting News and More!

Ryan Murphy stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Monday night and, thanks to host Andy Cohen’s clever little games, he revealed the identity of the first American Horror Story star set to take part in Season 2 and dropped a new clue about the show’s new top-secret location.

During a round of WWHL‘s “Plead the Fifth,” Murphy confirmed that Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange will appear in some capacity during the FX horror show’s sophomore season. As for other returning actors, the exec producer told Cohen, “I’m in negotiations with four of the people who were on last year’s show, and none of them were the Harmons” — which means Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott or Taissa Farmiga are all long gone.

Murphy also teased that the upcoming season will take place on the East Coast in a “horror institution.”

Press PLAY below to watch Murphy’s coy responses, and then read on for more of today’s TV dish.

Lord of the Rings’ Sean Astin will appear alongside returning guest star Jamie Lee Curtis in a March episode of NCIS, EW.com reports, playing a psychological operations agent.

American Horror Story sexpot Alexandra Breckenridge and Lois & Clark alum Michael Landes have been cast opposite Anne Heche in NBC’s religious comedy pilot Save Me, Deadline reports. Landes will play the husband of Heche’s God-channeling character, while Breckenridge will play his lover.

So You Think You Can Dance vet Adam Shankman has been tapped to direct NBC’s untitled comedy pilot from former Community scribe Hilary Winston, per Deadline.

One Life to Live scene-stealer Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy) has booked a guest spot on this Wednesday’s episode of Law & Order: SVU playing the estranged wife of Michael McKean’s character, per Soap Opera Digest.

Hills alumna Whitney Port has been added as a judge on the eighth season of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. She joins former models Elle Macpherson and Tyson Beckford, and photographer Julien Macdonald.

Lifetime has cast Australian actors Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites (both Home and Away alumni) in the cabler’s upcoming remake of Blue Lagoon, Deadline reports.

Season 3 of Bravo’s Bethenny Ever After is slated to premiere Monday, Feb. 20 at 9/8c.

• Franklin & Bash stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer will co-host the 33rd annual College Television Awards on Saturday, March 31 in Los Angeles.

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31 Comments
  1. Reina says:

    I’m calling the location as Amityville, bout as big of a horror institution the East Coast has.

  2. Jake says:

    Yay! i cant wait for next season of American Horror Story. Honestly Jessica Lange is the only one they should bring back, id be ok with a entirely new cast but i bet Ryan is probably forced to try and bring back Evan Peters, to calm down all the fan girls.

  3. Brian says:

    Please let Kate Mara be one of those in negotiations. And if there talking about a “horror institution” I’m going with a more mental asylum feel.

  4. Kim says:

    There’s a famous hospital that housed TB patients in the 1800s. One of the nurses was pregnant, caught TB, and then killed herself. Hung herself. Apparently it is one of the most haunted places in America. Wouldn’t be surprised if they went that angle.

  5. Rach says:

    just when i thought NCIS couldn’t get any better, Sean Astin becomes a guest star. so. freaking. excited.

  6. Che says:

    Interesting News, I really enjoyed AHS, hopefully Ryan Murph wont screw up its second season.

  7. Justin says:

    I was hoping the next horror story would take place at an all girl’s school. The one Violet was supposed to attend. What’s more horrifying than that?

  8. sam says:

    Ryan Murphy is so incredibly annoying — he loves changing the casts of his shows.

  9. Sarah says:

    I really hope that it isn’t Amityville because that case has been proven to be false (other than the murders). The East Coast has everything from the Lizzy Borden house, to places like Charleston S.C. or the spooky trans Allegheny lunatic asylum. In Ohio you have Athens the home of “Spiritualism” and in Florida you have the inception of the “chucky” doll in Key West. If you count New Orleans, then that is a whole new thread of stories. But, if I were someone who wanted to tie locations in some way…I would choose the Hudson Valley in New York to be the next location. You can’t get anymore “Classic horror” than the Headless Horseman.

  10. Jeremy says:

    For the 2nd season of American Horror Story, i think they should use Waverly Hills Sanatorium located in Kentucky

  11. d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

    My original guess for AHS season 2 was Statesville Prison in Chicago but since it will be on the east coast I’m gonna guess Pennhurst Asylum which I believe is in Philly.

  12. lils says:

    No Taissa Farmiga? She’s got quite the fanbase, even more so than Evan who seems to have more little girls. Disappointing really as she’s so talented.

  13. Mike says:

    Taissa Farmiga is bound to go far without this show, but it was a platform for her and another season would really have helped launch her until she was older and able to do more movies. Bad move Murphy. Bet he brings back the dude all the fangirls lose their nuts over though.

  14. orls says:

    SO not okay with this. No Taissa, no point watching.

  15. Shannon says:

    Was really hoping to see Taissa come back. I’ll probably still give the new show a go, but i’m alot less exited now, and i liked Evan Peter’s Tate last season, thought he was a really interesting charcater, but unless they do something radically different with him next season it’s going to get boring fast. We can only wait and see but it’s not sounding promising so far.

  16. Ben says:

    Oh good, yet another video which can’t be viewed outside of the US and no description of the video to accommodate those who can’t view. This update was SO informative. *grumble grumble grumble*
    To be serious, can’t there be an alternate post for those outside the US? Every time an update gets posted with a video you can’t view we always have to wait for some kind soul in the comments to describe what happens.
    Please?
    Pretty please?
    Pretty please with sugar on top?

  17. Bad Breaker says:

    I’m going with Salem. With all the witches that were burned at the stake, it would give them all sorts of cast members.

    • Liz says:

      It’s a common misconception, but witches weren’t burnt at Salem. They were mostly hung. Although, one of the accused, a man named Giles Corey was pressed to death. Witch burnings were more of a European thing. Sorry! I’m a history major.

      • Bad Breaker says:

        Thanks for the clarification. Even though they weren’t burned to death,that still leaves lots of bodies to turn into ghosts.

  18. Mcat says:

    Samwise Gamgee! <3

  19. Dizzle says:

    I’m willing to bet the “horror institution” Ryan Murphy was alluding to is a Prison… I seem to recall him giving an interview where he stated that there was a “clue” in the final four episodes of season 1 as to the next location… and when Larry got sent to prison for the murder of Constance’s lover it made me think, maybe that’s where they’re going? Prisons sure are a hotbed of all the evil and negative energy seemingly needed to “generate” something like the Murder House…!

  20. Maddie says:

    Hmmm… “Horror institution” can refer to either an institution like a prison, mental hospital or even a reform school or institution can also refer to specific locale that’s famous for its haunted history (like Salem, Amityville or the Hudson River Valley)
    Ryan Murphy is an arrogant jerk but I like the fact that every season is something different with a largely new cast. It works so well with the show’s concept and probably entices a lot of great actors who otherwise wouldn’t want to be locked into a show for the long-term.

  21. Me says:

    How about Northampton State Hospital in Mass.

  22. Mikael says:

    There’s always Danvers State Hospital in Mass. too. It’s a creepy old mental institution. They made a movie called Session 9 about it. And they turned half of it into apartments, so I could see a story happening there.

  23. Charlotte says:

    I’m thinking it will be something along the lines of Danvers Hospital (a mental institution that closed down)

  24. Jen says:

    Kentucky actually waverley hills

    • Kevin says:

      Waverly Hills Sanatorium could be a possibility, especially since tours are given and renovations have taken place (less safety worries in renovations versus total abandonment).

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