TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Smoldering Children”

Dylan McDermott and Rubber Man in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Smoldering Children" | ©2011 FX/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, Michael Graziadei, Charles Dutton Writer: James Wong, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Lehmann Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the episode, don’t read this synopsis. With all the other crazy stuff going on in AMERICAN HORROR STORY, perhaps we can be forgiven for not having realized until now the “Duh!” revelation within “Smoldering Children,” which explains why Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and Tate (Evan Peters) have been able to finally […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Denis O’Hare terrorizes AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Denis O'Hare in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Halloween Pt. 2" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

There are a plenty of ghosts and generally unwholesome entities roaming through FX’s hit AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Wednesdays at 10, but one of the most alarming-looking characters is the still-living Larry Harvey, played by Denis O’Hare. With severe burns over half his face, a fire-crippled body and a sightless eye, Larry’s appearance isn’t half as frightening as his personality – he’s a man who can justify anything if it suits his ego or his appetites. This isn’t O’Hare’s first brush with TV genre fame – he was also the vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington, in Season Three of HBO’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Spooky Little Girl”

Matt Ross in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Spooky Little Girl" | ©2011 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Alexandra Breckinridge, Morris Chestnut, Mena Suvari, Sarah Paulson, Matt Ross, Michael Graziadei Writer: Jennifer Salt, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: John Scott Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 Should we not have realized before, the AMERICAN HORROR STORY episode “Spooky Little Girl” reminds us that even ghosts can be self-defeating and work against their own best interests. Tate (Evan Peters), as we learn, has not only committed a violation by raping Vivien (Connie Britton) […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Rubber Man”

Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Rubber Man" | ©2011 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Morris Chestnut, Christine Estabrook, Azura Skye Writer: Ryan Murphy, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Miguel Arteta Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 23, 2011 It takes a lot of faith in one’s material to get revelatory in the middle of a horror story. Skilled writers have been known to crash and burn once we know what’s behind the evil in literature and on screen. However, AMERICAN HORROR STORY co-creator Ryan […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Open House”

Connie Britton in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 | ©2011 FX/Robert Zuckerman

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckinridge, Morris Chestnut, Lily Rabe, Matt Ross, Christine Estabrook Writer: Brad Falchuk, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Tim Hunter Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 16, 2011 Turns out that even AMERICAN HORROR STORY needs to take a little time out from full-on scares to moving the story along. Usually the show manages to combine the two, but in “Open House,” it gives us a lot more insight into the characters than it does shivers. To be […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Piggy, Piggy”

Taissa Farmiga in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Piggy Piggy" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Eric Stonestreet, Morris Chestnut, Sarah Paulson, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Jessica Sharzer, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Uppendahl Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 9, 2011 AMERICAN HORROR STORY continues to provide a mixture of supernatural scares, naturalistic tragedy, surprising moments of humanity and dark humor in “Piggy, Piggy.” The episode also has a dramatic guest turn from Eric Stonestreet (MODERN FAMILY) as a man who goes to psychiatrist Ben (Dylan McDermott) for help conquering his fears of […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Halloween Part 2”

Denis O'Hare in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Halloween Pt. 2" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Morris Chestnut, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: David Semel Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 2, 2011 The great thing about AMERICAN HORROR STORY (for those of us who appreciate this) is that it doesn’t seem to have any slow gears. It has various shades of madness, craziness and insanity, but it doesn’t really have what could be considered lulls in the action. […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Halloween Pt. 1”

Dylan McDermott in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Halloween Pt. 1" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Morris Chestnut, Christine Estabrook Writer: James Wong, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: David Semel Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: October 24, 2011 According to lore, Halloween is when the wall between the worlds of the living and the dead become thin, allowing the two to mingle. Gee, like the Harmon house needs any help in that department. All sorts of entities turn up and things get even spookier […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Murder House”

Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Murder House" | Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare | ©2011 FX.Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe Writer: Jennifer Salt, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Bradley Buecker Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: October 17, 2011 Into the life of every series, some exposition must fall. This is true of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, but at least “Murder House” shows rather than tells us the origins of the horror in the Harmon family’s hellish domicile. A prologue shows us Constance (Jessica Lange, looking great) as a young woman, walking in as […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY Premiere Screening

Dylan McDermott and Jessica Lange at the Premiere Screening of FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY | ©2011 Sue Schneider

FX recently held a premiere screening of their newest original drama series AMERICAN HORROR STORY at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.  The series is from Ryan Murphy, the creator of GLEE and NIP/TUCK. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the series, which included: Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Shelby Young, Jamie Brewer, Kai Schulz, Bodhi Schulz, Riley Schmidt, Zachary Quinto, Ben Woolf, Morris Chestnut, Christian Serratos, Teddy Sears, Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson Christine Estabrook, Eric Stonestreet, Ryan Murphy (Co-Creator/Executive Producer) Joining them were guests, which included: Fiona Gubelmann, Katherine Tokarz, Carla Gugino, Ryan Eggold, John […]Read On »

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