Ryan Murphy Reveals ‘American Horror Story’ Season 2 Setting

Murphy also confirms Adam Levine's casting and hints at more returning performers from the first season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in December, "American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that the second season of the hit series will completely reinvent the show as it becomes a yearly anthology with a new story every season. Although Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe have all signed on to return, they will each play completely different characters in season two.

For months, Murphy has kept the setting for the second season under wraps. But at the "American Horror Story" panel at the TV Academy (via The Hollywood Reporter), Murphy was a little bit more forthcoming.

"[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica," said Murphy. "It's a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there's not a mention of Season 1… The second season is set in a completely different time period."

Appearing alongside Murphy were returning cast members Tate, Quinto, Lange and Rabe, former"American Horror Story" stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Alexandra Breckenridge and Denis O'Hare with co-creator Brad Falchuk and executive producer Dante Di Loreto rounding out the panel. During the panel, Murphy hinted that some of the actors at the event may also come back during the new season in unexpected ways.

"The idea is to work with actors that you love and are excited by," offered Murphy. "The second season, everybody who was announced, there will be other people up on this stage who are not announced who will also be in it but are playing the polar opposite of what they were in the first season in every way."

Murphy also publicly confirmed the casting of "The Voice" judge, Adam Levine for the second season.

"He's a sexy guy so he needs to play a sexy guy, but the guy that is different than who you think he would play," revealed Murphy. "I pitched [Levine] the part and he listened, slack jawed, and simply said, 'I'm in.' The second season is fun, sexy and baroque. It has a lot of meat to it; it's a really gritty part. He's with a girl and they play characters called The Lovers."

"American Horror Story" season two is coming to FX this fall.