Of all the new actors who have joined the second season of Ryan Murphy's hit FX series American Horror Story, Chloë Sevigny might have the most intriguing role. Sure, it's fun to see Maroon 5's swaggering front man Adam Levine lose his arm and Babe's gentle farmer James Cromwell act like a scumbag psycho, but with her troubled upbringing and lusty attitude (a no-no for the straight-laced '60s), Sevigny's Shelley is one of Briarcliff Manor's more complex inmates. The actress participated in a conference call with reporters last week and spoke about how this role came her way, how spooky it is to shoot on the Asylum set and whether she considers American Horror Story to be a guilty pleasure... or just a pleasure.
Adam Levine... actor? Sounds like a horrifying thought to us.
The horror... the horror
None of this would have happened if Adam Lambert won Season 8.
We already receive our most important life lessons from television, but we're hoping producers, studios and networks themselves learn from the successes and failures of this fall. Here are our big takeaways from the first half of the 2011-12 season:
The CW's Freshman orientation is over. Did you grab a tote bag?
Glee is no longer the only horror show that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are foisting on the American viewing public. Last night, the duo premiered their latest series, American Horror Story, the tale of a screwed-up family that moves across the country for a fresh start in Los Angeles, only to pick the exact wrong house to call home. It's clear that Murphy and Falchuk have done their homework for their first foray into out-and-out horror; the pilot referenced everything from The Haunting to The Shining to virtually every single David Lynch head-trip (up to and including Inland Empire). And like all of their collaborations, the show is a mess, but it's a really intriguing one, with just enough promising (and genuinely scary) material to balance out the more ridiculous, unintentionally hilarious stuff. In fact, if Murphy ever decides to stop playing everything to the rafters and look up the word "subtlety" in the dictionary, this could become a really great show. Either way, we'll be sticking with American Horror Story for the duration of its run, if only to see just how terrible it might get... are we talking Season 2 of Glee/Season 5 of Nip/Tuck bad? In the meantime, here are our picks for the freakiest and funniest things about the premiere:
When I first heard about the The Glee Project, I kept my expectations low. At best, I thought it'd be a harmless reality series that I DVR'd and maybe watched during a heat wave. Instead, I've been pleasantly surprised and legitimately invested -- so much so, in fact, I would argue the competition series has become more compelling, interesting and all-around entertaining than the show that spawned it.
Ryan Murphy is clearing moving his eggs to a different basket.
If Netflix has its way, Lieutenant Dangle's short shorts will be back.
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