Kathy Bates Signed Onto Salem Witch Trial-Themed Season of ‘American Horror Story’

Kathy Bates Jessica LangeKathy Bates has been added to the cast of FX’s upcoming season of American Horror Story which will relate to the Salem witch trials, according to Dylan McDermott.

“She really is [perfect]. All the witches of Salem…there’s plenty of them,” season one veteran McDermott told E!

Piecing this together with what creator Ryan Murphy told Collider in January, we can assume season three DOES NOT actually take place between 1692 and 1693, when the trials occurred. Murphy called it a “modern-day story” that would require “research of the different time periods” with a “female power” theme. He also said that it will take place in several cities (Danvers, Ipswich and Andover, Massachusetts?).

Jessica Lange’s will ditch the habit for a more glamorous look, with “complete hair and makeup” and “the best designer gowns.”

And here’s the most important quote, for those who found Asylum self-satisfying and nonsensical:

I think you’ll see a very different tone, in Season 3, but that’s the joy of the show. As a person, right now, I do feel lighter and maybe want to embrace something a little bit more fun.

“Lighter,” but still fifty shades darker than Glee would be nice. The torture porn with nuns and aliens really wasn’t my thing.

I can get on board with Lange as a sarcastic, high-society type with possible witch ancestry.

[Also confirmed: Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe.]

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