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TCA soundbites: "American Horror Story"

Beverly Hills - "American Horror Story" - from FX, bowing early October - has "You Must Watch This" written all over it. Produced by "Glee's" Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, it's "Rosemarry's Baby"-meets-"The Shining"-meets "A Haunting in Connecticut"-meets-something I haven't yet thought of.

 And it stars Jessica Lange - who of course makes it even more of a "must see."

Murphy and Falchuk discussed it during their session Saturday morning:

LANGE: Well, I think, you know, it had to do with the quality of the writing, and it had to do with the character that I could play. So, I mean, now I don’t see — you know, I mean, I think it’s much easier now to go back and forth between — maybe we’re getting more like the English. You know, you do television, you do theater, you do film, you do radio. I mean, you can do anything. I don’t think there’s that kind of delineation: if you’re this, you’re this; if you’re that, you’re that. So when this came up, I thought, well, here is great writing, here is a wonderful character. Something very unusual. And, you know, I don’t know. I had a couple phone conversations with Ryan, and I’d never had a man promise me so much.

BRAD FALCHUK: — for three years, for a while. And then we did — “Glee” came along. And so there was a little intermission there. But it was always something that we were really interested in. It was always something in the back of both of our heads. I think we’re both obsessed with the genre. And, you know, I think that it’s always — again with working with Ryan, it’s being obsessed with the genre, and then it’s how can we bust the genre up. What can we do to the genre to make it not the genre anymore while paying homage to all these things that we love so much? And so then he and I usually get in a room and we start yapping, and he has these giant ideas, and we start yapping about the giant ideas, and come up with something that we think is interesting.

RYAN MURPHY: I don’t know if it’s a subtext, but I think that I like what you said about the world that we live in. I mean, even in the past week economically how difficult that is for so many people. And it makes you feel paranoid and suspenseful and worried. And I think that zeitgeist is definitely reflected in the show. I mean, in the show it talks about all kind of American horror stories that we are sort of being bombarded with on a day-to-day basis. So I do think that it’s a show that’s definitely of its time. I always felt and wanted “Nip/Tuck” to be that as well. So I feel like they have that in common.


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