American Horror Story, the new FX series created by Ryan Murphy of Nip/Tuck and Glee fame, is featured on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine … and rightly so. Seemingly out of nowhere, Horror Story has become THE most talked about show of the new Fall season. For months I’ve been intrigued by the billboard promotion for the show but I can’t say that I was particularly convinced to watch. After I heard many good things from others, David included, I decided to give the show a shot. I DVRed all of the available eps and watched them all last night … I fell in love within the first 15 mins of ep 1. So, yeah, I am REALLY happy to learn more about this show from this new issue of EW magazine.
Just a head’s up, this article may contain spoilers if you have not watched the 3 available eps of American Horror Story:
Do you like scary movies? Then you’ll love FX’s new series American Horror Story, the craziest new TV series of the fall season — and perhaps ever. Created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, AHS is a feverish, sexed-up reimagining of one of the most reliable tropes of the genre, the haunted house. And in this week’s issue, EW goes behind the scenes of the fabulously freaky frightfest. The Harmon family — father Ben (The Practice‘s Dylan McDermott), mother Vivien (Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton), and daughter Violet (newcomer Taissa Farmiga) — move from Boston to Los Angeles for a fresh start, but end up moving into a house that makes the Insidious abode look like a trip to Disneyland. Despite a warning that the previous owners have died in the house, the family still moves in and that’s when all hell literally breaks loose. Pretty soon, Vivien is having sex with someone/something in a rubber fetish suit, Ben is sleepwalking naked around the house, and Violet is encountering a basement-dwelling creature nicknamed the “infantata.” And that’s just in the first 50 minutes. “I read the script and I was like, ‘Um…whaat? I don’t understand,’” says Britton. “I kind of took a leap of faith.” The risky new series still attracted a starry cast, including Britton, McDermott, True Blood‘s Denis O’Hare, Six Feet Under‘s Frances Conroy and two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange, who plays the Harmon’s nosy and malicious neighbor Constance. But it was a different celebrity who inspired Murphy and Falchuk to pump up the presence of Rubber Man. “Gwyneth Paltrow read the script just as a friend,” says Murphy of the Glee guest star. “She called me up and was like, ‘Oh my God — is she fucking pregnant by that Rubber Man dude? Is it a rubber baby?’ That’s when I first realized people are going to be obsessed with Rubber Man.”
Yeah, I am really obsessed with this show. I’m most surprised that an episodic TV series can be scary … and good. I can’t believe how impressed I am with this show. The story is fantastic but the acting is superb! Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton are just amazing … but so is Taissa Farmiga (the daughter). You throw in Jessica Lange and, well, you’ve got a brilliant cast. My ONLY fear about this show is that they tend to throw a lot of stuff into the mix, very quickly. It feels a wee bit like “everything AND the kitchen sink” but thus far, it’s not been enough to turn me off. I am really loving this show … and, again, I just cannot believe that we get to see this kind of stuff on basic cable television. Are any of y’all watching this show? If not, you need to … trust me, you will LOVE it.