Ryan Murphy surely is a man of many…talents? At least of many interests, producing a seemingly random slate of shows: Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, The New Normal. So a plastic surgery soap opera, a teenage/musical/high school melodrama, a serialized horror show, and a sitcom that is garnering a lot of controversy.
Now I can’t
speak to The New Normal, which starts this fall on NBC, but having seen all his other shows, I think his most stylized in a positive way is American Horror Story. It is, for lack of a better word, freaky. Super freaky. The first season focused on a house that had quite the history, the plethora of ghosts inhabiting it, and how those ghosts and the house’s history, effected its current residents.
And the Rubber Man.
The show attracted some fantstic actors such as Denis O’Hare (True Blood‘s Russell Edgington), Jessica Lange, Connie (Mrs. Coach) Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under‘s Ruth Fisher).
Murphy pushed the show as a mini-series, and judging by the Emmy nominations, the Academy seemed to agree. And Murphy seems to be making good on his description by taking the concept of a serialized horror story into this new season, but jettisoning everything else about the first one. He is keeping on some of the cast – Lange, Zachary Quinto who played a ghost in season 1 – but the trappings will be all different.
We have precious little go to on with this upcoming second season, although we have been treated to a series of absolutely creepy teaser videos, all with absolutely creepy titles. These teasers have been coming out in dribs and drabs, but I thought I’d post everything currently available here.
Based on these teasers, season 2 takes place in some sort of asylum with some very very scary nurses. Super. Just super.
As long as the show maintains the feel of season 1’s opening credits, we are in for some sleepless nights.
Nothing scares me as much as those terrible Victorian children photos, especially the ones of the dead children.