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TVLine Items: Horror Story's Title Change, Better Off Ted Vet Gets Hot In Cleveland and More!

Jessica Lange American Horror StoryAmerican 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.”

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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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Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) has landed a six-episode arc on Hot In Cleveland, Deadline reports, playing a love interest for Valerie Bertinelli’s character.

• 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.

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• 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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Comments (18)

  • I wish Anderson would just give up his show and join Live with Kelly.

    Comment by Margo – August 1, 2012 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YaY!! Fred is coming back to Drop Dead Diva!!

    Comment by Keren – August 1, 2012 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A modern day ‘Three Musketeers’ interesting! They should try to get Steven Moffat (Dr. Who and Sherlock) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) to consult as writers.

    Comment by Keren – August 1, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would change the name to : ‘Maybe Killing Connie Britton Wasn’t Really a Good Idea’.

    Comment by Tony S – August 1, 2012 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think this will actually hurt them, i had this problem with another show that chhanged their name every year and by the time i caught it the tivo missed 2 or 3 episodes anually.

    Comment by mmartian – August 1, 2012 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Spartacus?

      The creator of that show said he regretted changing the name for the second produced season, because it confused so many viewers, and of course DVRs didn’t know it was a continuation of the first season.

      Comment by armando.l – August 1, 2012 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amazing Race numbers their seasons in the title too, and I freaking hate it because I always have to remember to set my DVR to re-record the new season every time it comes on. And I rarely watch CBS so I never know when it’s coming back until I’ve already missed a few episodes.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – August 1, 2012 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, that must be torture to have to punch a few buttons twice a year. You should get a medal.

        Comment by CJ – August 1, 2012 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Torture is coexisting in a world with gems such as yourself who make overtly rude comments just for the sake of trying to make other individuals feel badly.

          Comment by Hmmmm – August 2, 2012 12:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • not sure how much you are actually hurting them if you TiVo the show and don’t watch it live in the first place

      Comment by Eli – August 2, 2012 12:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate this AHS decision. I feel that it is solely in response to the Emmy flack the network has received. The elegance of the phrase American Horror Story was how it could apply to multiple scenarios within our national culture. Adding a banal subtitle is unnecessary and unappealing. It was clearly pursued solely to distinguish the show as a “mini-series,” which it is not. It is an annual anthology drama.

    Comment by Pete – August 1, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, they’re totally just doing it to make themselves look better with the Emmy voters. It stinks.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – August 1, 2012 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t know Joseph Fiennes was going to be on American Horror Story. Crap, now I have to keep watching it. I lust after that man. Damn you for finding my weakness, Ryan Murphy.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – August 1, 2012 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is totally to make the show seem more like a ‘miniseries’. By changing its title for the next series it’s like a brand new miniseries.

    Comment by Kaycee – August 1, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jay Harrington is the kiss of death for any series. He’s kind of a bland performer, too.

    Comment by Miffy – August 1, 2012 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Also way too young for her.

      Comment by Mark – August 1, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sometimes the comments on this page make me guggle.

    Comment by StupidPeopleShutUp – August 1, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is it American in the first place? What is American about it?

    (This is an honest question, I love this show but I can’t figure out why it’s American.)

    Comment by Pepper – August 3, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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