Kathy Bates will be bringing back her inner Annie Wilkes on American Horror Story Season 3 according to TVLine. Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Bates has signed on for the upcoming third season of the hit FX drama. Murphy teased fans at PaleyFest on Wednesday night, saying that Bates’ character is five times worse than her Misery character which is why she liked it. “When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened,” Murphy continued. “It’s a true event. You’ll see.” We have American Horror Story vet Jessica Lange to thank for the inclusion of Bates in Season 3. “Jessica told me in Season 1 that Kathy was a huge fan of the show, so I just put that in the back of my mind,” Murphy explained. “When we were crafting this season, I found this character — a true-life character — so I called Kathy and said, ‘I don’t know if you want to do TV again, but I’ve got this character…’ She said, ‘I love you and I love the show. Lemme think for two weeks’ — and then she called me in an hour and said, ‘I love it! I’ll do it!’ It was great.”
Any ideas who Kathy’s real life Horror Story character could be? Madame LaLaurie anyone?
Watch With Amanda: Casting News for Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sons of Anarchy has already introduced numerous notable guest stars in their current 5th season including Jimmy Smits, Harold Perrineau, Joel McHale, Ashley Tisdale, and Walton “Venus” Goggins, but Executive Producer Kurt Sutter isn’t done yet. The series has just announced Dave Navarro will show up in an upcoming episode playing a member of the Byz-Lats who works closely with Jimmy Smits’ Nero. No word on how many episodes he will be around for. Also just announced by EW.com, Canadian actor Donal Logue (who last appeared in the FX series Terriers) will play a brilliant and dangerous U.S. Marshal named Lee Toric who is forced into retirement because of his history of violence. He’ll appear in the drama’s final three episodes of the season. EW.com also just released an exclusive image of Logue as Toric. Do you think Toric will be on or against team SOA?
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Tim Daly who plays Pete Wilder on Private Practice announced on Tuesday that Shonda Rhimes has not picked up his contract option for the ABC drama’s upcoming sixth (and likely final) season. In a post on his twitter page Daly explained, “Wonderful fans of PPP. Shonda informed my agent today that Pete wont be returning for season 6. It was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder.” I guess it’s not too much of a shocker. In the season finale, Pete was jailed for compassionately ending the life of a patient kept alive by machines. Personally I would’ve much rather seen Violet go. What do you Private Practice fans think about this?
Sorry Battlestar Glactica fans… Syfy has decided not to go forward with the prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome as a regular TV series, reports Deadline. Just this past weekend, an unofficial trailer screened at WonderCon causing a fan frenzy, but the project will not be moving forward – at least as a TV series. Although the network has passed on the project as a regular series on television they are still looking to do it as a digital one. Syfy President Mark Stern said in a statement, “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.” The network announced in October 2010 the pickup of the two-hour pilot, which follows the early years of William Adama (played by Skins‘ Luke Pasqualino). CLICK HERE to watch the trailer that was screened at Wondercon.
Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Kath & Kim) has been cast in Charlie Sheen‘s new FX comedy, Anger Management. According to TVLine, she will play a therapist and possible love interest to Sheen’s character, a former baseball player with rage issues who himself ends up as an unconventional anger management therapist. Shawnee Smith, who is best known as playing Amanda in Saw, was recently cast as Sheen’s ex-wife. A premiere date has yet to be announced, but the series has already received a 10-episode order from FX. Read the rest of this entry
- Looking for some Alcatraz insider information? Executive Producer Jack Bender gave EW some scoop on an upcoming episode. “We’re doing an episode about the segregated block. All the black prisoners were not allowed to mingle or eat with — this was 1963,” reveals Bender. “There’s an episode coming up where we’re dealing with those issues.”
- Freaks & Geeks and Party Down fans should stay tuned to Fox’s New Girl. Martin Starr has booked a guest spot on an upcoming episode, E! Online reports. Martin will be playing Dirk, a friend from Nick’s law school days who’s going through a rough patch after his engagement broke off. Read the rest of this entry