American Horror Story : What we now know about the upcoming 3rd season

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At a critics’ screening of the “American Horror Story : Asylum” finale tonight, series creator Ryan Murphy offered up a few nuggets about the cabler’s third season.

Firstly, “American Horror Story” staples Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will join returning headline-act Jessica Lange for the next season, said to be one of a more ‘romantic’ nature.

As for what the new season will be about, Murphy said (according to TV Line) :

- The storyline will consist of “something funnier” because he missed what Jessica Lange’s Constance brought to Season 1.

- Lange is returning partly because Murphy promised her “hair and makeup and the best designer gowns ever” after she had to be so dressed down this season. Her character is described as “a glamour cat leading lady.”

- Season 3 will be “more historical in nature” and have a “different tone” than Season 2. But, says Murphy, “That’s the joy of the show.” It will also take place in modern day, but just like past seasons, we will see different “time periods” and “there [will] also be different cities.”

- In addition to AHS vets Lange, Paulson and Peters, “We want to have some new people come in and some [Season 1] people come back.” As for the new people, Murphy says he is looking to cast “actors Jessica wanted to work with.”

- Peters will “probably go back to playing a sobbing psychopath.”

- Regarding Paulson, “I know who [she's] playing,” Murphy stated, before adding with a laugh, “She does not.”

On Twitter, Murphy says three clues as to where the new season will be going were offered up in last night’s penultimate episode of the season. Assumingly, he’s referring to the Southern setting.