Last month we learned about some early casting for the forthcoming third season of American Horror Story on FX and today we learn that casting of the new season has hit a new high. The amazing Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates has signed on to appear on AHS 3 this Fall! I mean … we already know that Jessica Lange will be back for another season and now we can look forward to seeing her go head to head with Kathy Bates? The new season hasn’t even started filming production yet and I’m already certain it’s going to be the best yet. Wow!
American Horror Story is ratcheting up the Misery in Season 3. Oscar winner Kathy Bates is nearing a deal to join FX’s hit spookfest as a nemesis to Jessica Lange, TVLine has learned exclusively. Bates will play the best friend of Lange’s new character, who turns into her enemy. Details on Horror Story‘s third season remain scarce, but series cocreator Ryan Murphy previously confirmed that Lange will play a “glamour cat leading lady,” in stark contrast to her gloomy Asylum wardrobe. Ryan also teased that the new season will be “more historical in nature” and take place in modern day. But just like past seasons, we will see different “time periods” and “there [will] also be different cities.” Horror Story vets reuniting with Lange in Season 3 include Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Bates’ former Six Feet Under co-star Frances Conroy. Bates is coming off a two-season run on NBC’s Harry’s Law.
I am in AWE. Lange vs. Bates? OMG. We are truly not worthy. The caliber of television entertainment has been raised significantly in recent years thanks to big cable networks like HBO and Showtime … but if this doesn’t put those networks on notice that basic cable channels like FX are making a serious play for legitimacy, I don’t know what will. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with American Horror Story (more love than hate, I must admit) but this news of Kathy’s casting has really won me over completely. I cannot WAIT to see her in action on AHS. I mean … are you dying or what?