Max Greenfield attends the FOX 2015 Upfronts

“American Horror Story” is returning in the fall with its fifth season, subtitled “Hotel.” If you were a fan of Seasons 1 and 2, “Hotel” might be right up your alley, since it returns the focus to being on a place rather than a group of people.

Ryan Murphy promises that the latest addition to the “Hotel” guest list — “New Girl’s” Max Greenfield — will appear in the series “like you’ve never seen him.” Murphy’s tweet also says that Greenfield will be checking into the hotel and never checking out. Does that mean he’s in for a gory death or is “Hotel” going to be more of a “Hotel California” situation? According to Murphy, fans will find out in October.


Here’s what else we know so far.

‘AHS’ series staples check in 

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett attends the 2015 NAACP Awards
At this rate, there’s going to be no vacancies left at the hotel. On April 30, creator Ryan Murphy shared a bit of casting news, revealing that Angela Bassett will be returning for the latest installment of “American Horror Story,” after starring in both “Coven” and “Freak Show.” Though her exact character isn’t know, Murphy teases she “will be making lots of trouble with Lady Gaga in the ballroom and elsewhere.”

Kathy Bates

kathy bates american horror story getty American Horror Story: Hotel guest list: New Girls Max Greenfield arrivesKathy Bates, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress who appeared in both previous seasons “Coven” and “Freak Show,” has joined the series. Details about her role are scarce, but Murphy does tease on Twitter that Bates is “running the hotel.”

Sarah Paulson
sarah paulson television academy presents evening with women of american horror story 2015 American Horror Story: Hotel guest list: New Girls Max Greenfield arrivesOn April 13 FX announced that Sarah Paulson would return for “Hotel.” She has appeared in all four previous iterations of the show. As with previously announced cast members, the specifics of her new role are unknown. Murphy was kind enough to tweet though that Paulson’s character will be “the baddest bad girl of them all.”
Evan Peters
Evan Peters attends the red carpet for AHS Freak Show

On April 24, FX announced Evan Peters was the latest franchise regular to sign on for “Hotel.” Peters has appeared in all five seasons of “American Horror Story,” most recently as the web-handed Jimmy Darling in “AHS: Freak Show.” Little is known about his character at this time other than a little clue tweeted by Ryan Murphy accompanying the announcement.

“This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #AHSHotel,” he tweeted.

No Jessica Lange

Sorry, fans. We love Jessica Lange as much as you do, but we’re all just going to have to come to grips with the fact that she’s not going to be a part of “AHS: Hotel.” She told the Paleyfest audience earlier this year, “We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely
loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. … but yes, I’m done.”

Mother Monster


In lieu of Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story” has added Lady Gaga to
the roster. That’s not to say Gaga is suddenly taking over the lead
part. Smart money is on Sarah Paulson for that (since she’s already kind
of been the co-lead for several seasons). But Mother Monster herself is
joining the cast, in a role that Murphy guarantees will “shock people.”

Some familiar faces

chloe sevigny wes bentley american horror story season 5 American Horror Story: Hotel guest list: New Girls Max Greenfield arrivesChloe Sevigny and Wes Bentley are both checking into the “Hotel.” Murphy announced on Twitter that Sevigny (“Asylum”) and Bentley (“Freak Show”) will both be series regulars for Season 5 of “AHS.”

More Murphy alums

matt bomer cheyenne jackson american horror story season 5 hotel American Horror Story: Hotel guest list: New Girls Max Greenfield arrivesIn addition to some returning “AHS” actors, it was announced at Paleyfest that frequent Murphy collaborators Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart,” “Freak Show”) and Cheyenne Jackson (“Glee”) will also be joining the “Hotel” cast.

“American Horror Story: Hotel” premieres in October 2015.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

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."