‘American Horror Story’ Creator Ryan Murphy Gets Jessica Lange Back
American Horror Story was the original anthology series on FX that started creator Ryan Murphy down a long list of successes, which was helped along by actress and superstar Jessica Lange. But since Lange left the show after Season 5, there has been a gaping void in the hearts of millions of American Horror Story fans.
But for those who loved American Horror Story and want to see Jessica Lange under the careful direction of mastermind and TV anthology series maestro Ryan Murphy, then look no further than the upcoming season on FX, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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Although Jessica Lange will not be returning to American Horror Story, at least not yet, she will be joining Ryan Murphy’s other anthology TV series, Feud. That series will be all about celebrity feuds that made headlines across the century of film that is best known as the “Golden Years.”
The first season of Feud will be a period piece about the real-life feud between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The duo famously had it out after a culmination of years feuding with one another on the hit film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
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For those American Horror Story fans who crave to see Jessica Lange back on the horror anthology series, there is still a possibility that she could be back in some capacity. There is also good reason to believe that there could be a major feud between Lady Gaga, Emma Roberts, and Jessica Lange, with so much riding on the successful promotion of Ryan Murphy’s Feud series.
For those American Horror Story fans who are wondering why they should give Feud a chance, well just consider the parts that Jessica Lange played on American Horror Story that made her so famous. Lange not only played the good and bad person in those seasons of American Horror Story, but she also spent time playing the exact same role she is about to play on Feud.
As a matter of fact, fans of American Horror Story can almost surmise that the roles she played on that show were somewhat influenced by the real-life characters of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Lange did an outstanding job of portraying a semi-archetypal character in Seasons 1, 3, and 5 of American Horror Story. All of those characters had some degree of vanity associated with them and they all desired the spotlight as well. Even American Horror Story‘s Season 2 character that Jessica Lange played was somewhat addicted to the limelight, before she thought she ran over a girl and became a nun.
The real-life stories of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are all about their feud in Hollywood, which started out with Bette Davis’ jealously that there was a new leading lady in town, taking up all of her stardom. You might even say that Davis became territorial.
The feud between the two actresses became such a media sensation that Hollywood decided to cash in on it the same way a tabloid would, by exploiting the two women in a movie.
Feud plays out centrally around the making of the movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? When the two aging stars made the movie, the film was intended to revitalize both of their careers. At that time, the feud between Davis and Crawford was growing quite old, and producers of the film tried to make the feud itself a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to see the two enemies battle it out on the screen, while portraying sisters who are dependent on one another.
Ryan Murphy has taken the anthology series and built a central wall around it that focuses each season on a famous feud that will eventually play out like his other hit anthology series, American Crime Story.
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Also, if you need another great reason to watch Ryan Murphy’s Feud, then consider the all-star lineup for the first season. That includes Susan Sarandon co-starring opposite Jessica Lange, with Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, and Dominic Burgess filling out the rest of the cast list.
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There has been no word yet as to when Ryan Murphy’s Feud will premiere on the network, but American Horror Story Season 6 will return in October.
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