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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