And so the third American Horror Story has come to an end. The final episode of Coven crowned a new Supreme and significantly increased the season’s already-impressive body count. Co-creator Ryan Murphy tells EW’s Tim Stack that he’s already working on the fourth iteration of AHS — not to mention making plans for a fifth. And why not? Coven was the highest rated edition of the series yet. It also expanded the AHS repertory, with Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett devouring city-sized scenery in precisely the kind of larger-than-life roles they haven’t been getting from movies: You imagine that pretty much every actress of a certain age would kill for a sit-down with Murphy. Coven proved the long-term health of the horror-anthology experiment. READ FULL STORY
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The kitchen-sink scarefest anthology American Horror Story returns tonight with Coven, a new 13-episode saga of glorious perversion and off-kilter camera angles. Although the three iterations of AHS are set in radically different eras and locations, they have one very important thing in common: The presence of Jessica Lange, the two-time Oscar winner who has experienced a late-career renaissance playing variations of heavily-accented maternal overdrive in all three seasons of AHS. In the first season, she played a fading southern belle in La La Land; in season 2′s Asylum, she was a tough New England nun; now, in Coven, she’s a mega-powerful witch. In anticipation of a new season of withering put-downs and lacerating verbal wit, check out this collection of Lange’s most awesomely bitchy lines from the first two go-rounds of AHS. READ FULL STORY
On November 17 of last year, Adam Levine served as SNL‘s musical guest — along with his band, Maroon 5 — in an episode hosted by Jeremy Renner. Just two months later, he’s back in Studio 8H once more — but this time, as Saturday Night Live‘s host. Is the Voice coach’s latest SNL gig nothing more than a case of NBC synergy gone awry, or does Levine have the chops to impress even when he’s not employing that famous falsetto?
We’ll find out soon enough. Take comfort, though, in knowing that at least this won’t be Levine’s first acting experience. The musician was fine as Leo on American Horror Story‘s recently ended second season, although he didn’t have much to do; still, series creator Ryan Murphy praised Levine’s “great movie star charisma,” which bodes well for his Saturday Night Live hosting. Levine also got a small taste of SNL-style comedy when he sang the hook for the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad-skewing “Iran So Far” digital short in 2007, though he was more of a straight man there than anything else. READ FULL STORY
In the last week, two wacked-out genre fantasies came to an end. Fringe aired its two-hour series finale, a bipolar (and low-budget) episode that ended with a heart-tugging sacrifice and questions left hanging. Meanwhile, the 13-episode saga that was American Horror Story: Asylum ended with a decade-spanning bang. We dig deep into both endings. We compare the Fringe finale to Lost and Battlestar Galactica — is ambiguity better than specificity? And we really dive into Asylum. Comparisons to Stanley Kubrick and Alan Moore are openly insinuated, and feminism is discussed. READ FULL STORY
Just because most people don’t do a Golden Globes pool doesn’t mean you can’t predict if Homeland will build on its Emmy domination. Let’s take the 11 TV categories to a vote. Remember, this is who you think will win, not necessarily who you want to win. READ FULL STORY