American Horror Story

Everything We Know About ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

Whether you love it or hate it or have uncomfortable mixed feelings about it, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology series has been a fascinating watch. It reboots itself every season, allowing Murphy and co. to create different, and scarier, stories every year. From ghosts to aliens to witches, Murphy keeps finding new ways to outdo himself. Season 4 will center on the performers at a carnival freak show, an already-controversial premise that is making AHS one of the most anticipated returning shows of the year. American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres in October. Here’s everything we know about the season so far.  … Read More

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The 6 Shows You Should Be Watching on FX & FXX

FX launched 20 years ago, in June of 1994, with the tagline “The World’s First Living Television Network.” fX, as it was stylized back then, divided its programming in two categories: repeats of classics (BatmanEight Is Enough) and original shows broadcast live (Sound fXThe Pet Department). fX tried to be an interactive and Internet-friendly network, even devoting an entire show — Backchat — to answering emails. That version failed, but the experimentation was telling — it’s a network that has always wanted to be a step ahead of the rest. … Read More

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10 Deceitful TV Title Sequences

Across the interminability of their runs, TV shows are known to digress and regress into diverse forms of badness, but their credit sequences, for better or for worse, remain relatively unchanged. This means that for every five-season show, we’re watching the same “I just figured out iMovie!” stream-of-consciousness splice-fests hundreds of times. Because of this repetition, certain images stick with us — often more than other moments from the shows they belong to (whenever I see a hearse, for example, the gassy reverie of Thomas Newman’s Six Feet Under theme song plays in my head and I envision a lone tree on a hill). The morphing nature of TV shows set against the invariability of their opening credits often exposes a fissure between the tone of the credits and the tone of the show. Sometimes the credits just don’t get it right from the start. This can work to the advantage of bad shows, the disadvantage of good shows, or, you know, just be sort of confusing. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, lots of shows come out of winter hibernation, including the now one-hundred-episode old Parks and Recreation. … Read More

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Stevie Nicks Admits to Shawl-holism, Discusses her Appearance on ‘AHS’

In a season teeming with horrors such as incest and matricide, soap enemas, man-slaying vaginas, slave torture, beheaded Kathy… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Tina and Amy show us their stuff and Scandal takes off for the winter.  … Read More

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 9 Recap: “Head”

This week, we get a nice little break from all of that pesky estrogen that’s been driving the denizens of New Orleans so crazy and get some father-and-son bonding on what is a rite of passage among most Southern young men: the first hunting trip. Of course, the young man in question is Hank Foxx, the husband to Cordelia and not-so-secret witch hunter. You see, being a witch hunter is as much of a legacy as it is to be a witch, and young Hank’s creepy father is bringing him along to kill his first witch — who appears to be the character from Into the Woods before she went ugly and started rapping about field greens. In a very Disney animated classic moment, Hank cannot shoot the woman, who then sets his father on fire. Isn’t that always the way? Hank learns a valuable lesson: never show a witch mercy, even if that witch is the woman to whom you are married and had crazy-ass dark magick sex with once so that you could get her pregnant. … Read More

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Gorgeous Illustrated Portraits of ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Characters

Perhaps the most entertaining parts of American Horror Story: Coven are the characters. Even more fun to watch, I’d argue, are the women who play them. Jessica Lange and crew are clearly having a ton of fun camping it up on the anthology series, playing their roles with equal amounts of glee and pathos, and bringing the soap opera genre to new heights. But really, these women are fierce, and it’s that sensibility that can be found in the work of Patricio Oliver, who has illustrated the major witches on the show in these beautiful and sultry character portraits. Check out Oliver’s collection after the jump.  … Read More

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Gift Guide: What to Buy the Witch in Your Life This Holiday Season

Sure, you might associate witchcraft mostly with Hallowe’en, but magick can happen all year round. And considering the pagan influences still palpable in our contemporary holiday season, why keep yourself from lavishing gifts on the best (or baddest) witch in your life? You could even give a few of these gifts to those who haven’t yet dabbled in witchcraft, and remind those afraid of magick that it doesn’t all have to be eyes of newts and hexes. Here’s a guide to what you can get for your witchy loved ones (or yourselves!) this holiday season, with special thanks to the Internet’s resident clean person / sister of the moon, Jolie Kerr, for the helpful suggestions. … Read More

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Camp Is for Everyone: R. Kelly and the Evolution of Trash

I don’t care much for R. Kelly. It’s probably not a huge shock if you know me personally or follow me on the Internet — “Tyler Coates hates everything that is wonderful and good!” — but in this case it’s less about hatred and more about apathy. Sure, “Ignition (Remix)” has always made me cringe to the point that I’ve described it as the song I hate the most (there’s something about the phrase “freakin’ weekend” that really gets under my skin; it’s the opposite of “cellar door” for me), but for the most part my hesitation about R. Kelly comes from not being able to take him seriously — there’s something about his oeuvre that seems too jokey and deliberately dumb. Through the process of wondering why I wasn’t a fan, I might have cracked the code: R. Kelly is camp for straight people. … Read More

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