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04/26/2014  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Oh man, “American Horror Story” season 4. You’re going to be so good. I actually typed out that it’s going to be such a freak show, but that’s so far from being clever that I deleted it. Nonetheless, season 4, alias “Freak Show,” is following up on one of the best seasons of non-HBO television in a good long while – we really, really liked “Coven” – and we have every reason to expect more great stuff next time around.

First up, the most important part of “Freak Show” is the actual release date. The “American Horror Story” season 4 premiere isn’t officially revealed yet, but numerous sources, including our sister publication the International Business Times, are reporting that it will d├ębut in early October. That’s perfectly in line with when the last season premiered – “Coven” came out on October 9, 2013. We expect just the same this time around, with things really heating up around the third episode, just in time for Halloween.

As for the actual concept of “American Horror Story” season 4, you’re probably just as familiar as I am. “Freak Show” is about an actual, literal freak show – an old circus act, one of the last of its kind. Set in the 1950s in Jupiter, Florida, which is a pretty ridiculous name but a real place (it rounds up, unfortunately, to ‘Miami’), the show is about how the freak show’s members try to keep it alive, even though its time, its milieu, is well on its way out.

It’s also going to have some weird German stuff going on, which we know from Jessica Lange, who told us so. She runs the freak show and is a “German expatriate,” whatever that means. What that means, considering what “American Horror Story” is like, is that she’s probably a Nazi, but that’s just speculation, really. We’ll find out in good time. The big new costar is Michael Chiklis, but some of last season’s big names are back again: Kathy Bates. Angela Bassett. Gabby Sidibe. It’s going to be a good time.

The worst thing about “Freak Show” is that it’s the end of an era: it’s not only Jessica Lange’s last season of “American Horror Story,” it’s probably going to be one of her last big performances ever, as she prepares to enter retirement. And there’s going to be less of her than in past seasons as it is. Still, she’ll be there, playing opposite to Denis O’Hare, who will be a rival rather than a lackey this time around. If you want more details on the characters, there’s a good run-down here.

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