Checking In! The details surrounding each season of American Horror Story are always slow to eke out, but there are a few things we know for sure about the latest, fifth installment of Ryan Murphy's horror anthology. Here's the rundown:
Who's In: Lady Gaga will star in her very first TV series regular role alongside Matt Bomer (White Collar) and Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock). While the newly engaged, Sound of Music-singing superstar first announced the news of her casting on Twitter, Bomer and Jackson revealed their involvement when they joined the AHS: Freak Show cast on stage at their PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles on March 15.
Jackson and Gaga are both AHS newcomers, but Bomer appeared in one episode of AHS: Freak Show as a gorgeous, blue-eyed hustler who fell victim to murderer Dandy (Finn Wittrock). Jackson isn't a stranger to the Murphy universe, however — he played Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby on Glee.
Who's Out: Jessica Lange, who had announced that Freak Show would be her last season, confirmed the news at PaleyFest.
"I've had a great run here. I have absolutely loved to play these four characters that I've had the opportunity to play. I love the writers, my actors, and Ryan and the whole insanity of it," she said, but will not return. "To cut to the chase, no."
Lange has starred in every season of AHS so far, beginning in season 1 as mysterious Murder House neighbor Constance, season 2 as scary Asylum matriarch Sister Jude, season 3 as powerful Coven Supreme witch Fiona Goode, and finishing her run as eccentric Freak Show leader Elsa Mars.
Location: As Gaga confirmed in her casting announcement, the new season will involve a scary hotel. Unlike the Coven and Freak Show seasons, which were shot in New Orleans (although Freak Show took place in the town of Jupiter, Fla.), Hotel will return to Los Angeles, where Murder House and Asylum were filmed.
Maybes: AHS vets Evan Peters, Michael Chiklis, and Wittrock all told Us Weekly on the PaleyFest red carpet that they were interested in returning to the series, but had not heard any information on their potential new roles. Sarah Paulson and Denis O’Hare also confirmed to reporters that they would like to return.
Up In the Air: Other regular AHS players, including Emma Roberts, Lily Rabe, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Gabourey Sidibe, have not commented one way or another on their involvement. Roberts and fellow vet Paulson are both signed on for new Murphy series, Roberts in Scream Queens on Fox and Paulson in American Crime Story on FX.
Connections: After Rabe signed on to reprise her Asylum role in Freak Show, creator Murphy told Entertainment Weekly that there is a connection between each season via "intertwining mythologies." "There's definitely a rhyme or a reason and a connectedness to all of these seasons, but in the same way, they're standalones, which is the fun of it," he said. "But it is a puzzle."
AHS: Hotel is set to premiere in fall 2015 on FX.
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