Earlier this week, Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto were both confirmed to be returning to "American Horror Story" for its greatly anticipated second season. And they won't be the only performers to be coming back.
At the opening night of the annual Paleyfest in Los Angeles, "American Horror Story" was joined by several cast members from the first season as he announced that Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe have all been signed for the second season. In the first season, Peters portrayed Tate Langdon, Rabe played the long-suffering ghost, Nora Charles and Paulson was the self-proclaimed "Craiglist psychic," Billie Dean. But given the plans to make "American Horror Story" into an anthology series broken up by season, none of the performers will be portraying their previous characters.
"It's a very fun idea to take a group of actors that you love and then say 'come play again in the playground as a completely different person with a completely different story,' said Murphy. "And every year in the series is about a different haunting, so everybody will play the opposite of what they had played, which is really fun to write."
Murphy also left the door open for other actors from season one to return in the future, even though Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga will specifically not be back for at least a season.
"We're still writing [season 2] and we don't want to talk about it too much," related Murphy. "But the interesting thing about it is that anyone can show up at any time… This year for Connie, Dylan and Taissa we were like 'okay, the Harmons are exhausted, let's give them at least one season off. But we really loved that Orson Welles Mercury Theater approach… We're just now breaking [the story]. Some people have gone off and done movies and other TV shows, but the door is always open for fun crossover cameo stuff."
Murphy also noted that shooting is scheduled to begin in July with the second season premiere tentatively set for the third week in October on FX. Other than that, Murphy and company were pretty tight lipped about the second season, except to reiterate that it will take place in an east coast institution.
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