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Our 'American Horror Story' Drinking Game! (Because No One Should Be Sober For This)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 5th 2011 4:00PM
'American Horror Story''American Horror Story' premieres tonight (Wed., Oct. 5, 10PM ET on FX) and, well, we're all a little torn.

Mo Ryan has her warnings, some of us are still intrigued enough to keep watching (albeit cautiously) and others are all in. Judging by the comments on our exclusive video of the first five minutes of the show, you're torn, too.

But one thing's for sure: This is a show that's way more enjoyable if you're intoxicated.* (*If you're of legal drinking age, that is. If not, you shouldn't be watching anyway -- this is the stuff emotional scarring is made of.)

To assist in your quest for the perfect balance of tipsy and entertained, we proudly present our 'American Horror Story' Drinking Game!

Now, get a bottle of your drink of choice ready ... it's gonna be a long night.

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Talking TV Podcast Scrutinizes 'Doctor Who,' 'American Horror Story' and 'Breaking Bad'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 5th 2011 3:00PM
This week's podcast focuses on a new show, a program that just had its season finale, and a drama that's heading toward the end of its season.

In the first part of the podcast, Ryan McGee and I talked about FX's 'American Horror Story,' which debuts Wednesday (I reviewed it here). In the second part of the podcast, we talked about the season finale of 'Doctor Who,' which I wrote about here.

Finally, we wrapped up with a chat about the penultimate episode of 'Breaking Bad's' gripping fourth season. Just a heads up: After it airs, we'll have extensive coverage of the 'Breaking Bad' season finale, including an interview with creator Vince Gilligan and a 'Bad' Talking TV podcast featuring a special guest.

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Consider Yourself Warned: Five Ways 'American Horror Story' Will Be a Train Wreck

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 4th 2011 2:00PM
You've probably heard some buzz about 'American Horror Story' (10PM ET Wednesday, FX), the new drama from 'Glee's' Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. That's not surprising; if there's one thing Murphy is good at, it's creating shocking moments that the media likes to gab about.

The thing is, that may be the only things he's good at anymore. It's not that 'American Horror Story' is 100 percent awful, though at times it veers dangerously close to that. But longtime Murphy watchers know that it's only a matter of time before the few promising elements are clobbered to death by the dumb moves his shows inevitably pull.

If you do get pulled in by the show's wildly uneven premiere, trust me, in time, you are bound to be disappointed. Let me count the ways:

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 3-9

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 2nd 2011 11:10AM
Robin - HIMYMMONDAY, OCTOBER 3

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)
Last week's hilarious episode was a return to form for the aging comedy, and we're hoping that tonight's offering can maintain that momentum. After Robin assaults a girl who is out to ruin Barney's relationship, she is forced to begin court-mandated therapy sessions. Meanwhile, Ted gets too involved in Lily's pregnancy. Featuring Kal Penn as Robin's therapist, in his first acting role since joining the Obama Administration -- you go, Kumar!

'House' (9PM ET, Fox) season premiere
After last season's controversial finale, we pick up one year later, with everyone's favorite Vicodin addict behind bars. When an antagonistic prison gang leader makes a serious threat, House solicits the help of a fellow inmate (guest star Jaleel White), but when another inmate's unusual medical symptoms spark his curiosity, House must come up with creative ways to treat the patient while navigating prison rules.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch the First 5 Minutes of 'American Horror Story' Here (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 30th 2011 11:00AM
'American Horror Story' on FX'American Horror Story' is one of the weirdest, creepiest, genuinely jump-out-of-your-seat frightening TV shows we've ever seen.

From the minds of Ryan Murphy (of 'Nip/Tuck' fame) and his 'Glee' co-creator Brad Falchuk, 'American Horror Story' has been stamped with the "psychosexual thriller" genre thanks to the many murders, inexplicable phenomena and haunted happenings in the Harmon family's new L.A. home.

But you don't have to wait until the show premieres (Wed., Oct. 5, 10PM ET on FX) to see what I'm talking about -- AOL TV's got the first five minutes of the premiere exclusively for you right here.

Stars Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy are nowhere to be found in this video though. Rather, the series kicks off with a set of young twins in 1978 being warned that the house doesn't take kindly to intruders. A dead animal and some body parts in jars later, and the twins learn the lesson that the Harmons will have to learn again and again in present day: People who go into that house don't tend to come back out.

Check out the video and tell us what you think in the comments. Will you watch 'American Horror Story'?

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Hats Off to TV's Most Stylish Topped-Off Stars

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 5:30PM
Fall TV HatsThe hottest trend of the fall isn't period dramas, remakes, or fairy tales. It's hats.

Indeed, co-starring in NBC's 'Prime Suspect' alongside Maria Bello's Detective Jane Timoney is her character's black chapeau. It's ever-present in the first episode, and judging from stills for future episodes, it isn't going anywhere.

The trend isn't isolated to NBC. ABC's 'Pan Am' features stylish stewardesses in the airline's iconic 1960s vintage pillbox hats. The ladies of 'Charlie's Angels' use baseball caps to go undercover. Then there's 'Hell on Wheels' and its assortment of cowboy hats, 'The Walking Dead' and its zombie survival head toppers, 'The Playboy Club' and its bunny ears -- come on, those totally count -- and Dylan McDermott's 'American Horror Story' cap that looks shockingly similar to the one in 'Prime Suspect.'

In honor of the 'Prime Suspect' premiere (Thu., Sept. 22, 10PM ET on NBC) let's take a look at the hats of fall TV. Check them out below!

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Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio Book NBC Crime Drama, 'Lost' Actress Heads to 'Hawaii' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 15th 2011 10:40AM
Ethan Hawke Vincent D'OnofrioEthan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio: the new dynamic duo?

According to Deadline, the two will star in and produce 'Blue Tilt,' a cop drama from writer/producer Chris Brancato. NBC has reportedly snapped up the project.

Hawke and D'Onofrio will play homicide detectives. One is married, one is divorced, and their family issues will go along with the police cases. Deadline reports the title, 'Blue Tilt,' is a reference to a police term about officers who deal with brutal crimes and are later deemed a danger to themselves and put under observation.

In other casting news ...

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Meet the Fresh Faces of Fall TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Sure there are plenty of big stars coming to TV this fall, but there are also some lesser-known names to look out for.

There's a talented and sassy bunny from 'The Playboy Club,' a British TV host we'll all be swooning over, a 'Charlie's Angels' vixen you'll love to see in action and a reality TV star-turned-dramatic leading man.



There are also a few new additions to returning shows we love, like the familiar face that's stopping by 'Glee' to romance Mercedes, and the sexy brunette who'll be pulling double-duty on Fox this fall with a turn on 'House.'

See all of our picks for freshest faces of Fall TV, and go ahead and commit their names and faces to memory, if you haven't already -- we guarantee this won't be the last you'll see of them.

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Fred Willard Books 'The Closer' 100th Episode, 'Game of Thrones' Grows and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 29th 2011 3:00PM
Fred WillardFred Willard is stopping by 'The Closer' just in time to celebrate the TNT drama's 100th episode.

According to EW, Willard will play Santa. Sort of.

Willard's character is the owner of a Christmas village and he has delusions he's the real Santa Claus. Look for a serious casualty to happen -- via a zip line -- at the character's village.

The veteran actor was last seen on TV making a cameo on 'Franklin & Bash.'

In other casting news ...

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New Promo for FX's 'American Horror Story' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 27th 2011 6:00PM
American Horror Story'American Horror Story' (premieres Wed., Oct. 5, 10PM ET on FX) is still somewhat of a mystery -- there's a troubled family living in a haunted house, plagued by horrific things -- and FX's previews aren't helping matters any. But boy, are they creepy.

Described as "addictive," "terrifying" and "sexy," the new "Creators" trailer claims that the show has everything you love about a thriller, but nothing you expect.

From the minds of 'Glee' co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, this new psychological thriller is decidedly darker than their song-and-dance-filled Fox hit.

Starring Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon and Connie Britton as his wife Vivien, the spookiness starts when the Harmons move from Boston to L.A. Rounding out the star-studded cast is Jessica Lange as the Harmon's neighbor, as well as Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O'Hare and Frances Conroy.

Also just announced is 'Heroes' alum Zachary Quinto as a gay interior designer who used to own the Harmon's new home.

Curious? Check out the trailers right here and tell us what you think.

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William Petersen Plans 'CSI' Return, 'Wonder Years' Star Visits 'SVU' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 22nd 2011 6:00PM
William PetersenWilliam Petersen is planning a 'CSI' return to coincide with one very big exit.

According to TV Guide Magazine, Petersen will return to help longtime 'CSI' star Marg Helgenberger exit the series.

"[Petersen] told me he's going to come back this season to help us with Marg's exit," series star George Eads said.

Helgenberger is set to exit the series in January.

The last time Petersen made an appearance on 'CSI' was in surprise cameo in the Feb. 2011 episode 'The Two Mrs. Grissoms.'

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Patty Duke Heading to 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Suits' Lands Chi McBride & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 5th 2011 10:25AM
Patty DukePatty Duke will guest star on 'Hawaii Five-0.' Unfortunately, she will not be playing identical cousins.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the legendary actress will play a mother of a murder victim. She has Alzheimer's and when the team goes to inform her of the bad news, she believes her grown son is still a child. Did somebody just clinch an Emmy nomination for 2012?

Duke's episode is the second of the new season, premiering Sept. 19 at 10PM on CBS.

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FX Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 4:15PM
Sons of AnarchyThat distant roar of engines you hear in the distance can only mean one thing: 'Sons of Anarchy' is almost back! The new season kicks off Tues., Sept. 6 at 10PM on FX, with a whopping 90-minute premiere episode.

Season 4 begins with SAMCRO out of jail and back in town. They encounter new law enforcement, but that doesn't keep them from getting back to business. Look for Jax (Charlie Hunnam) to struggle with decisions that affect the club and his family. Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal also return for the new 13-episode season.

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FX Picks Up Ryan Murphy's 'American Horror Story'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 18th 2011 1:35PM
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermottRyan Murphy is back in business with FX. The network has picked up Murphy and Brad Falchuk's 'American Horror Story.'

"We're thrilled to welcome Ryan and Brad back to their original home," John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks, said in a statement. "They have shown an uncanny ability to bring original series to the air unlike any that have come before, and to reconcile 'wildly entertaining' with the 'creatively ambitious.'

"Once again, 'American Horror Story' is a wholly unique and original take on its genre with richly drawn characters. The ability to put together a cast of stars such as Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Denis O'Hare, Frances Conroy and Oscar-winner Jessica Lange speaks to the quality of the writing and storytelling. This series is going to blow audiences back in their seats, and we can't wait to have it on our air."

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James Van Der Beek Books 'Law & Order: CI' Role, Martin Short Joins 'Weeds' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 26th 2011 3:30PM
James Van Der BeekJames Van Der Beek will guest star on an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: CI.'

According to TVLine, the 'Dawson's Creek' veteran will play Rex Tamlyn, described as an "overconfident, hard-partying playboy." The character is a partner in a Facebook-esque website that's devoted to hooking people up for fleeting romantic trysts.

Like 'The Social Network,' there's a lawsuit around the idea of the site, but with this case there are a few murders mixed in. It's 'Criminal Intent,' what do you expect? Thad and Trent Luckinbill also guest star.

Van Der Beek will appear in the ABC midseason comedy 'Apartment 23' as a fictionalized version of himself.

In other casting news ...

Martin Short and Aidan Quinn will guest star on Showtime's 'Weeds.' Short will play an attorney and Quinn has been tapped to play the CEO of an investment firm. Other guest stars include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Lindsay Sloane, Pablo Schreiber, David Clennon and Gary Anthony Williams. [Showtime]

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