A couple of days ago, the title for American Horror Story's upcoming fourth season was revealed by showrunner Ryan Murphy on his Twitter account as Freak Show. Now that the cast have attended PaleyFest 2014, more details about the new season have leaked.
Returning for the fourth season are Jessica Lange (her final season), Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and in some capacity both Jamie Brewer and Gabourey Sidibe. Contracts for Emma Roberts and Denis O'Hare are being negotiated and we have no confirmation if Lily Rabe will be appearing either, though Murphy promised every actor would appear in some capacity in the new season. The premise for Freak Show is set during Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s (though it will be filmed in NOLA) with Lange's character - a German ex-pat running her own carnival with various cast members that she's rescued being a part of the show.
A new addition to Freak Show was revealed at the panel last night when Michael Chiklis (The Shield, No Ordinary Family) appeared on stage with the cast. Chiklis will play the ex-husband of Kathy Bates character and the father of Evan Peters character, which at least reveals some character connections to this season. With over six months to go, I'm not too surprised we didn't get any more information than we did but it's exciting stuff nonetheless and over the next few months, we'll know about further cast members and the like. This is certainly going to be one Freak Show I can't wait to see.
PaleyFest Panel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie9wDi0pUCk
American Horror Story: Freak Show will air on FX in October. Filming will begin over the summer.