Details about the second season of "American Horror Story" have been revealed, including the setting and details about Jessica Lange's character.
Ryan Murphy previously revealed that the second season would take place in a "horror institution" on the East Coast, but the executive producer went into more detail this week, revealing that it will be set in an institution for the criminally insane, run by Jessica Lange's character.
"[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica [Lange]," Murphy, said during a TV Academy panel on April 18, according to E! Online. "It's a completely different world and has nothing to do with season one, there's not a mention of season one. The second season is set in a completely different time period."
It was revealed in March that several cast members from the first season of "American Horror Story" would return with entirely new characters, including Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe. It was also announced that Jessica Lange would return to the horror series as an entirely new lead character and Zachary Quinto would also return, reportedly as one of the male leads and Lange's nemesis.
Murphy did not reveal which of the returning characters would be playing inmates at the institution, but when asked whether Quinto's nemesis character would be an inmate, Murphy reportedly smiled and answered "maybe."
"American Horror Story" was created by "Glee" executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The first season followed Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) who moves from Boston to Los Angeles into a haunted house filled with secrets and ghostly creatures. Lange starred as their neighbor and previous occupant, while Peters portrayed her son Tate Langdon, Violet's love interest and a school shooter, whose ghost was trapped in the house.
Zachary Quinto guest starred on the series as Chad, the gay former owner of the haunted house and Rabe made several appearances as the ghost of the original occupant, both of whom were also trapped in the house. Paulson guest-starred as a medium named Billie Dean.
Though the executive producers did not reveal any other plot details for season two, Falchuk promised that the show would continue to be an anthology, introducing "a new group of people to [expletive] with" each season.
One of the new people for season two is "The Voice" mentor, Maroon Five singer Adam Levine who is said to portray one half of "the lovers" with an as-yet unnamed female.
"He's a sexy guy, so he needs to play a sexy guy, but a guy that is different than who you think he would play," Murphy said. "I pitched him the part and he listened slack jawed and simply said, 'I'm in.' The second season is fun, sexy and baroque. It has a lot of meat to it. It's a really gritty part."
Murphy also hinted that fans might see a return of season one stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Denis O'Hare and Alexandra Breckenridge.
In March, Murphy revealed that the second season would concentrate on Lange's new character, which will be different from her Emmy-winning portrayal of the delightfully wicked Constance Langdon.
"This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I'm very excited about it," Murphy told E! News. "We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She and I have spoken about different things. She has a lot of ideas, and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress. She's a great collaborator and a great friend."
Season two of "American Horror Story" is expected to return to FX in October 2012.