AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Premiere Date, First Teaser, Casting and More

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We have so much American Horror Story: Freak Show info to share with you. And the first is the best: we have a premiere date, and although we knew it would be October, we are SO happy to let you know that it’s early October, the 8th, resuming its usual Wednesdays at 10/9 central spot.

We also have the first of what may be many (if past seasons are any indication) pre-season teasers:

Teaser: American Horror Story: Freak Show – Admit One

Here are a couple of tweets about the show; one is casting, the other is about the role that Sarah Paulson will be playing…

That’s right. Sarah Paulson will be playing Dot and Bette.

Most of the cast from the Coven season are returning for the Freak Show season, and we told you that Michael Chiklis will be joining the ensemble. Recently TVLine broke the news that Patti LaBelle will also be joining the cast for four episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show, playing the mother (unfortunately a non-singing role) of Gabourey Sidibe’s character.

Along with announcing the premiere date and confirming some of the cast, the FX press release also gave some great info about this season’s story. Check it out:



Series Stars Award-Winning Cast

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Michael Chiklis and Angela Bassett

Will Air Wednesday Nights at 10 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – August 20, 2014 – FX has set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series American Horror Story: Freak Show for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Brad Buecker are Executive Producers of American Horror Story: Freak Show. It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

The last incarnation of the anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, averaged 7.1 million Total Viewers and 5 million Adults 18-49, ranking it among the Top 20 shows in all of television (broadcast and cable) and Top 5 in cable in delivery of Adults 18-49. The American Horror Story franchise continues to be an Emmy® magnet, as Coven received 17 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries. Other major nominations for Coven include Executive Producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for Outstanding Writing; Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson for Outstanding Lead Actress; Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Frances Conroy for Outstanding Supporting Actress; and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon for Outstanding Directing. The three incarnations of AHS – American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Asylum, and American Horror Story: Coven – each have received 17 nominations, bringing the franchise total to 51 nominations.

About FX
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of Fox Networks Group. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX, its newest channel, which debuted on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 97 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, The Bridge, Tyrant and The Strain; the miniseries American Horror Story; the critically-acclaimed limited series Fargo; the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie and Archer; and scripted comedies Married and You’re The Worst, and recently ordered The Comedians and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show, starring Jessica LangeSarah PaulsonFrances ConroyKathy BatesLily RabeAngela BassettDenis O’HareEvan PetersEmma RobertsGabourey Sidibe, Jyoti Amge, and Jamie Brewer, premieres on Wednesday, October 8 at 10/9c on FX.

Erin Willard
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