American Horror Story continues to revamp itself in its second season. The latest change? The show’s title!
FX announced Wednesday that the “new chapter” of the spooky anthology will be called American Horror Story: Asylum.
Series co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy explained the change in a statement Wednesday. “We picked Asylum because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted,” he said. “This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.”
Season 2 of Horror Story — which stars returning players Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and Zachary Quinto as well as fresh faces James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Franka Potente, Jenna Dewan and Clea Duvall — is slated to launch in October.
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• CSI vet Gary Dourdan has booked a recurring role in ABC’s summer 2013 series Mistresses. According to Deadline, he joins the sexy soap as a detective who plays into fellow guest star Penelope Ann Miller’s arc.
• Ben Feldman (Mad Men) will reprise his role as Fred the guardian angel in Drop Dead Diva‘s Sept. 9 Season 4 finale, EW.com reports.
• Peter Hermann (Law & Order: SVU) will appear in the third episode of Blue Bloods‘ third season, EW.com reports. He’ll play the ex of Bridget Moynahan’s Erin.
• Anderson Cooper’s syndicated talk show, Anderson, is undergoing some changes leading into its second season. The daily hour-long series will now go by the title Anderson Live and, in its new live format, enjoy an array of co-hosts.
• Showtime will launch Season 3 of its racy reality series Gigolos on Thursday, Aug. 30 At 11 pm. Nick, Vin, Brace and Steven are slated to return, while a new escort named Ash will join them.
• BBC America will co-produce with BBC One The Musketeers, a drama series that’s a contemporary take on the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Adrian Hodges (My Week With Marilyn, Primeval) will pen the project.
• CBS has pulled its new dating series 3 from the schedule after just two airings. Repeats of the Eye Network’s dramas will occupy the Sunday-night time slot until fall.
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