american-horror-story-freak-show-FX.jpg“American Horror Story” started production a week ago in New Orleans on its fourth season, subtitled “Freak Show.” FX CEO John Landgraf tells the 2014 summer TV press tour audience that Season 4 is treading a line somewhere between the darkness of “Asylum” and the black comedy of “Coven.”

“One of the things that’s so exciting about the form is it’s really
different every year,” says Landgraf. “I think one of the things [creator Ryan Murphy] enjoys doing the
most is the invention around creating a world — costumes, production
design, locations, hair, makeup, he’s really very detail-oriented. ‘Freak
Show’ is set in the ’50s. It’s going to have a really different look …
than any of the previous incarnations.”

Landgraf has read some of the “Freak Show” scripts and while he isn’t giving anyway any details, he does say “the characters are very distinctive, very original, very strange, but very compelling.”

“Some years, it’s going to be bright and brash and camp [like ‘Coven’] and some years it’s going to be dark and brooding the way ‘Asylum’ was,” Landgraf continues. “I’d put ‘Freak Show’ halfway between the two. It’s not as brutal and Hitchcockian as ‘Asylum,’ it’s got a little bit more humor and more camp, but it’s still dark.”

“I often don’t fully grasp the tone of what he’s going for until I see it executed,” he concludes.”

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will premiere in October on FX.

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