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PaleyFest concluded last night with the American Horror Story panel, featuring the creators and stars of the show. Find out all the details, including who is joining the cast here!

American Horror Story is set to return to New Orleans, not with a set of witches, but rather a troop of odd characters who will serve as the supporting cast of a Freak Show. Last night, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, joined by several cast members, attended the PaleyFest panel.

Here is a run down of the highlights:

Who is coming back?

Murphy confirms that parts are written for actors the team has in mind. Sometimes scheduling may mean one person misses out on a season, but many fan favorites are confirmed to return this year. They include, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jaimie Brewer, and, of course, Jessica Lange.

Who is joining the cast?

Joining the Freak Show chapter of the American Horror Story series is Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, The Shield). Chiklis will play father to Evan Peters and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates.

Michael Chiklis American Horror Story freak show

Excited by the challenges the role has in store for him, Chiklis states, “We want to do something that’s going to make us excited and walk a tightrope. In this case, it’s a freak show. It’s thrilling.”

How about that setting?

As previously reported, the show will take place in Jupiter, FL in the 1950s. However, after filming Coven in New Orleans over the past year, the cast and crew are returning to the city to create the new American Horror Story season.

Any other noteworthy tidbits?

Just a few! Murphy and Falchuck mentioned that other actors from season 1 and season 2 are still working around scheduling, but keep an eye out for a few more familiar faces to return. When a group of actors click, Murphy and company see no need to mess around.

There is still no word on whether or not Taissa Farmiga will return for season 4.

Who do you want to return for American Horror Story: Freak Show?

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  • http://tyrionical.tumblr.com/ Kyle

    I think that if this is going where I think it’s going, Freak Show has the potential to be my absolute favorite season.

    • steven

      Personally I need Murder House II

  • Wil

    I hope Lily and Taissa come back. Even though a lot of people don’t like Taissa, I think she’s great. She just gets stuck with the same crappy roles and never gets a chance to show off her potential. But if Lily or Taissa don’t come back, then that’s understandable. The cast is packed enough as it is.

  • Matty Marie

    Zachary and Lily are some that I would like to see back.

    But, Queen Alexandra needs to be casted in a main role!

  • twelfthnight

    I could do without Emma Roberts. I don’t think she has much in the way of acting talent.

  • Kadma Sixx

    Hell yes! Michael Chiklis!!!

    I can’t wait for this, is too damn great.

  • l.

    Taissa and Lily over Emma who got arrested!

  • melissa

    Unfortunately Taissa does not have the acting gene her sister has. She has no range whatsoever. I do not think Taissa and Gabourey should return.

  • westvirginiarebel

    In 1950, according to Wikipedia, Jupiter, Florida only had a population of 300. Given its location, it looks like it’s in close proximity to the Bermuda Triangle. Hmmm…

    As for the theme, I hope Amy Madigan makes a cameo : )

  • MichelleRose

    Really would love for Taissa, Lily, and Zachary Quinton to come back.

  • wendysht

    i hop taissa come back :c

  • Michelle Brown

    Taissa for sure! emma can suck a fat one she ruined the last season just cause she is jealous that taissa and Even are a cuter couple. Emma better die in freak show if she has to be there.

    • John Reynolds

      Uhhh … you do know that Taissa, Evan & Emma are actors and that’s what their characters did … right? Please say right …

  • Mack


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    I want Taissa and Evan together again!!!

  • Yami

    Taissa, pleaaase come back ♥.

    • randy thiesen

      Absolutely! You would round out the freak show so well as you rounded out the coven. Please find some time.

  • Baumann

    I really hope Ms. Farmiga can come back, but we’ve had two seasons of her with Evan Peters, and while both were decent and fit with their respective seasons quite well, I really do hope it’s not another clusterf#$k of a love story. I feel like the love stories limit Taissa’s talent, and Mindscape (ANNA for the US release) was certainly a refresher without seeing her portray a sobbing, angsty, teenage girl.

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