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'American Horror Story: Coven' has a launch date

Constance (Jessica Lange): On the first season of

Constance (Jessica Lange): On the first season of "American Horror Story" (subtitled "Murder House"), Constance, a Southern gothic version of "Sunset Boulevard" egomaniac Norma Desmond, mentally tortures her daughter Adelaide (Jamie Brewer), who has Down syndrome. (Credit: AP)

"American Horror Story: Coven" will be arriving at a small screen near you on...October 9, FX just announced, filling in one of the last - and biggest - blank spaces on the fall calender. Of course, there's much interest in "Coven" after all those nominations for "Asylum"; plus, the cast for this is pretty much sick,  in the good way that something can be "sick."   

  Meanwhile, "Coven" is about witches - what else - and the tease, which doesn't offer a whole lot, follows this  FX program description: 

American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

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