12:27 am EDT, March 21, 2016

‘AHS’ season 6: Ryan Murphy playing with 2 ideas

The cast of AHS gathered together at the closing night of Paleyfest 2016 to dish on Hotel and drop some hints about season 6.

Ryan Murphy remained tight-lipped when it came to letting any details about season 6 slip during the Paley Center’s closing night festivities in Los Angeles, but the creator/writer/director of the series did say that the writing crew was hard at work teasing out two potential ideas for the sixth installment of the series.

We did, however, hear from the cast on their favorite moments, people they idolize on set, and what it is like to walk through a Ryan Murphy hellish landscape when children are on set. Although Murphy was shocked to find out that the children on set knew more about the series than the pages they were provided, both of his ideas for next season have space for children to be involved.

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Lady Gaga clearly made an impression on her AHS: Hotel costars last season. As the group gathered to celebrate the series for the closing panel of the Paleyfest 2016, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Matt Bomer, and creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck all gushed about the pop star’s breakout role as The Countess.

Though everyone on stage tonight has an open invitation to join future installments of the series, only Angela Bassett and Lady Gaga are officially confirmed for season 6.

One item of note that arose following the conclusion of AHS: Hotel‘s run on FX regarded a certain “look” of the show. Many people voiced their concern over Murphy’s seemingly type-casting cookie-cutter white male ensemble. Finn Wittrock, who played the role of Valentino/Tristan commented that Hotel followed The Countess’ search to replace her first true love. Why wouldn’t they all look the same?

Sarah Paulson split her time between playing Hypodermic Sally on the AHS lot and running to play Marcia Clark on the American Crime Story set at the same time almost made her lose her mind. Paulson’s performance as Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in The People v. O.J. Simpson is worth a watch if you haven’t checked out the series already.

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The cast clearly loves each other and the work they produce each season. Without the commitment of being locked into a role for seven or eight years, the actors are free to come and go as they please. But it seems that Ryan Murphy has concocted the perfect formula for keeping the actors he admires wanting more.

How long is too long for the show to run? Dennis O’Hare’s suggestion of AHS: Retirement Home may be when it is time to draw the line.

AHS season 6 will premiere Fall 2016 on FX.

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