Earlier this week, we got confirmation that the fourth season of Ryan Murphy’s scare-fest series, American Horror Story, would be subtitled, Freak Show. Today’s appearance by the cast and creators at PaleyFest brought forth a number of other announcements, including an update roll call of actors jumping aboard the Carnival train.
It has previously been announced that this will be the final series for the show’s star, Jessica Lange. We also had been informed that series favourites Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy and Kathy Bates would all be returning. At Friday’s event, The Shield star Michael Chiklis took to the stage for the special announcement of his addition to the cast. It was also revealed that Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer were also returning for another season.
Set in Jupiter, Florida in 1950 (though this is American Horror Story so who knows if we’ll stick solely to this time period), the fourth season action will revolve around one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. Lange will star as a German ex-Pat who manages the show. The remaining cast will star as performers in the show that have been rescued by Lange’s character but rescued from who or what has yet to be revealed.
In typical Murphy fashion, not much about the new season was revealed at the Q&A. He did say that Chiklis’ character would be father to Peters’ character and the ex-husband of Bates’ character. Whether he is also a freak show performer is still unclear.
Having long attempted to have Chiklis involved in AHS in some capacity, his appearance in Freak Show is a dream come true for Murphy. And it seems as if the feeling is mutual. On taking to the stage, Chiklis said in regard to his casting, “My heart was pounding like it is right now. It is a Freak Show, oh man!”.
Though there has been no official confirmation, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are in talks to also return, though Murphy stated during the panel that everyone is set to return.
American Horror Story: Freak Show will screen on FX in the fall.