american horror story freak show michael chiklis emma roberts 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' adds Michael Chiklis; Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe returningExciting news from the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” panel at Paleyfest 2014. “The Shield” Emmy winner Michael Chiklis is joining the cast for the fourth season of the show.

Creator Ryan Murphy says, “[Michael Chiklis] is playing Evan [Peter’s] father and he will be Kathy Bates’ ex-husband,” which is exciting indeed. Murphy does not specify if Bates is Peters’ mother, however.

Chiklis says of his reaction when Murphy pitched the piece to him, “I’m terrified and I’m going to do it.”

Murphy also confirms that every person on the panel is coming back in some capacity, which means in addition to the previously-announced Jessica Lange, Angela Basset, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and Sarah Paulson, Season 4 will also feature Denis O’Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Jamie Brewer and Chiklis. Murphy further says that there will be a few faces from Seasons 1 and 2 appearing in Season 4, but he does not reveal who they might be.

Murphy also offers this small tease, “The thing we’re working on now is the opposite of what we did last year. It’s so incredibly refreshing to reboot it every year.”

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will premiere in fall 2014. 

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