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'American Horror Story' Creator Teases Season 4 Details: Will Be Set In 1950 & More. Thoughts?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 15, 2014 at 5:28PM

'American Horror Story' Creator Teases Season 4 Details: Will Be Set In 1950 & More. Thoughts?
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“It’s set in 1950... If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we’ve done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I’m very excited!”

American Horror Story: Coven series co-creator Ryan Murphy, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, published this afternoon, teasing fans with what to expect in the fourth installment of the hit FX franchise. 

So let the guessing begin, based on the limited info he provides above.

This comes on the heels of news last fall that FX ordered a 4th season of its hit supernatural drama series, with the possibility that this season's new cast additions - Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates specifically - would very likely be returning for a second trip down *dysfunction* lane, whenever season 4 goes into production.

Murphy revealed that he'd approached both actresses about coming back, and they both definitely wanted to. Although no official deals have been made public yet.

FX ordered 13 episodes. 

Given that Murphy teases that the 4th season will take place in 1950, what kind of a role might Bassett be assigned this time around?

As for what the story might be, given the year, and the mention that star Jessica Lange would be speaking with a German accent, I can only guess that the historical event which will likely serve as the backdrop for the 4th season is the Cold War, which started almost immediately following World War II. and lasted through most of the 20th century, which saw the USA and the Soviet Union become Cold War adversaries, after being wartime allies. At the end of World War II, both nations emerged as the two world superpowers, as most of Europe had been divided by Nazi occupation and these two superpowers were essentially responsible for ridding Germany of any remnants of Nazi ideology, amongst other tasks.

I'll leave any potential narrative specificity to all you WWII historians out there.

1950 was also the year then President Truman authorized production of the hydrogen bomb, as well as the beginnings of McCarthyism

Certainly lots of history to chew on there, for Ryan Murphy and the American Horror Story creative team to work with. The possibilities for what character Bassett could play may be somewhat limited, given the year Murphy will set the season. Or they could be limitless, if he lets his imagination roam. It is historical TV fiction after all.

I wonder if Gabourey Sidibe would return as well.

The series' current season - American Horror Story: Coven - is averaging 7.74 million total viewers, per episode, outpacing last season's installment by a staggering 83% in total viewers. 

This season's cast includes, in addition to Bassett, Bates, Lange and Sidibe: Sarah PaulsonEvan Peters, Taissa FarmigaEmma Roberts, Gabourey SidibeFrances ConroyLily RabeDenis O’HareJamie BrewerAlexander DreymonJosh HamiltonPatti LuPone, and Danny Huston.

It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

This article is related to: TV News, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe


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