It might not be back for another three months but filming has began for American Horror Story: Freak Show and over the last few weeks (and last week's Television Critics Association panel).
Sarah Paulson has played some of the best roles in Murder House, Asylum and Coven but for Freak Show, she will be playing a dual role of two headed, Bette and Dot Tattler. The actress tweeted a picture back in June to reveal her role(s) in the upcoming series and Ryan Murphy confirmed it a week ago by tweeting the above picture. Also if it's believed to be true, it seems that a list of character names for everyone else has been leaked. Next picture folks ...
There we seem to have the names of characters for Jessica Lange (Elsa Mars), Evan Peters (Jimmy Darling), Kathy Bates (Ethel Darling), Frances Conroy (Matilda Hapschatt) as well as a slew of new characters. I'm just wondering if Naomi Grossman's character Pepper is the same one from Asylum, assuming this leaked call sheet is the genuine article. It's also rumoured that Michael Chiklis's character will be Kathy Bates's Ethel Darling's ex husband and Angela Bassett's Donna Macree's current husband with Gabourey Sidibe playing, Donna's daughter, Patricia while Jamie Brewer is rumoured to be playing a character named Katie and Emma Roberts playing a performer named Lily Morgan. No confirmation for Denis O'Hare though some of his recent tweets did seem to imply he may be involved this season.
However something that has definitely been confirmed is that Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) will be appearing in the upcoming season for a multi-episode arc, starting with a two parter Halloween episode. Bentley will play the role of Eddie, a dark tormentor from Kathy Bates’ past who is hell-bent on revenge. The producers have also mentioned that Freak Show will be something of a mash up tonally from the previous two season as well, which should be interesting to see play out.
Meanwhile there's also rumours circulating that former How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris may be popping up on Freak Show. The actor recently expressed his desire through a letter to get involved in American Horror Story (who can blame him, right?) and it seems that Ryan Murphy himself might even have a part for Harris should he manage to get in on the action this season. I certainly wouldn't be opposed to seeing Neil on the show (while Murphy's at it, can he get Matt Bomer too?). Go on, Ryan - you know you want.
AHS: Freak Show Spoilers: http://www.spoilertv.com/search/label/American%20Horror%20Story
American Horror Story: Freak Show will air on both FX and FOXUK from October.