jessica lange cuckoos nest 'American Horror Story' Season 2: Jessica Lange runs an institution for the criminally insane“American Horror Story” Season 2 is still quite a ways away, but creator Ryan Murphy continues to tantalize fans with details about what is coming. We already knew the show was going to be set on the East Coast, at a horror institution of some kind.

Now Murphy tells a panel at the TV Academy in North Hollywood (via the Hollywood Reporter) that Season 2 is “set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica [Lange].”

Oooh. Who is immediately picturing Nurse Ratched? Only crazier, if that’s possible.

Murphy also says, “It’s a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there’s not a mention of Season 1. The second season is set in a completely different time period.”

Oooh. That’s fun too. Do you have a preference on the era?

Finally, Murphy says that in addition to the Season 1 actors we know are returning (Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe), there could be more Season 1 faces popping up who are not announced yet. He specifically said there were other people “on this stage” who will be in Season 2 and the ones on stage who have not been announced as returning were Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Denis O’Hare and Alexandra Breckenridge.

Which one(s) out of those four do you hope to see the most? We really like Denis O’Hare, we think he’d be our first choice.

“American Horror Story” returns in fall 2012 to FX.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."