American Horror Story: Hotel

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American Horror Story: HotelRyan Murphy, creator of the gory anthology series American Horror Story, recently attended a panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con, along with cast members Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett. Here’s a round-up of everything we learnt from the panel, and everything we know so far about the show’s forthcoming fifth season, Hotel, which is due to air in October 2015. While on stage in a joint panel for Murphy’s upcoming Fox series Scream Queens, Murphy revealed characters from previous seasons will check into the Hotel. “Characters from previous seasons will come back and check into the hotel.” Murphy said regarding the interconnection between seasons and noted everything will make sense by the end of the series. Many were enthusiastic when it was announced in February that Lady Gaga would be appearing in American Horror Story: Hotel, but nobody was as excited as the pop star herself. Speaking of Lange, Murphy remains hopeful that the actress, who will not be part of Hotel, will possibly return to the show in future seasons, should there be any.

Murphy is notoriously tight-lipped about AHS, but the creator managed to slip several teases into his discussion about Freak Show and his new Fox comedy, Scream Queens. Meanwhile, we finally got some scoop on Lady Gaga’s character—she will be involved with fashion and she’s working with the costume designers for her character. Meanwhile, some of this season’s new blood took part in the panel, including Matt Bomer, who is a regular this season after having a brief but memorable appearance on Freak Show. The cast wasn’t allowed to say too much about their roles, but did reveal their characters’ names: Bomer will play Donovan, Angela Bassett will play Romona, Peters plays Mr.

As for the most anticipated star on the new season, Lady Gaga, Murphy says she’ll also play bad — which is something the star requested. “She said, ‘I want to be evil,’” the show creator recalled of his first meeting with Gaga, who approached him for the show, as she’s a big fan herself. “I said, ‘You came to the write place.’” “It was one of the weirdest things of my career ever,” Murphy continued, recalling Gaga approaching him for her part. “‘Horror Story’ has a lot of fans obviously and I get calls from some people…how it happened with Gaga is she wrote and said, ‘I love the show, would you consider putting me on it?’ And I wrote back, ‘Yes. CAPS CAPS…'” Murphy recalled. “The best call ever is ‘Please wait for Gaga’, and she got on the phone and could not have been lovelier.” Musical numbers were used in previous seasons, but anyone hoping to hear Gaga belt out some tunes is in for a disappointment: according to Murphy, there’s probably not going to be any singing in season five. “Part of her role involves fashion. The designers have been coming out of the wood works with looks for her.” The fifth round will also bring back even more familiar characters, Murphy confirmed, bringing truth to longstanding theories that all “AHS” seasons are connected. “Things are connected,” he said. “This season, you’ll see more and more and more of that. Much like the AHS producers on last year’s Comic-Con panel, on Sunday Murphy announced the names of the characters the AHS veterans are set to play. Lea Michele offered up her own theory, if her character Hester happens to be the murdered. “Maybe her neck brace is her motive — she’s like, get this thing off me!” Jamie Lee Curtis, however, did reveal a detail that sent Hall H into an uproar: there will be a moment in “Scream Queens,” which is an homage to “Halloween.” Curtis also applauded Murphy and the writers’ team on Fox’s horror-anthology, explaining that she was attracted to the project because of the quality of writing. “For somebody who spent her life in horror films that honestly weren’t written well it’s an honor.” Though both “AHS” and “Scream Queens” are anthology series, Murphy says they’re very different shows with different formats. “The thing with ‘Horror Story’ is every year, there’s a new story, there’s a new theme and the actors play different characters.” And for “Queens,” he says, “there are survivors that go on to a different location and the characters that you have grown to love, many of them will go on to the next season — and many will not.”

The Supreme herself, Jessica Lange, has confirmed multiple times that she’s not doing AHS anymore, but Murphy teased her possible return in a year or two. Murphy said his panelists this year are all “bad boys and girls” in this season of AHS and it looks like we already know one big death is on the horizon: Sarah Paulson’s Hypodermic Sally. While her departure had the potential to leave a gaping hole in the line-up, Murphy has said that the show now works as more of an “ensemble piece”, without a true lead character. “I think that the thing that’s different about the season is that before we’ve always been very driven by the Jessica Lange character. She was always the lead character,” Murphy recently told Deadline. “This year, it’s a true ensemble and I think we have more male parts and more male stories.

The Wes Bentley part is really big, the Matt Bomer part is really big; Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock are really big.” He added: “That’s not to say that the women aren’t [big] either. Lucky Comic-Con guests got to experience a dummy replica of the show’s six-storey hotel set, the “real” version of which has just been constructed in Los Angeles, in time for filming later this month. When it came time for audience question and answer time, Bates revealed a crush on a certain Magic costar of Bomer’s. “Hey Matt, who’s that Armenian guy who did the dances?” Bates asked. Photos from the event revealed that the hotel is an art deco, Twenties style building, complete with gleaming marble pillars, chandeliers and smartly-uniformed, red hat-wearing staff.

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