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‘American Horror Story’ Seasons Ranked, from Worst to Best

However you feel about the American Horror Story franchise’s various installments, you cannot deny that Ryan Murphy and Co. are wildly creative when it comes to their yearly dish of blood-curdling terror. From the swanky digs of a haunted hotel to the tortuous backroom dealings of an insane asylum, the series has run the gamut. The upcoming Season 7 appears to be no different, offering a twisted look at the state of the country with "Cult," which sets its premiere on the night of the 2016 election. It won’t be a straight-up dramatization of the election, with actors playing Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. This is Ryan Murphy, after all, which means it will be more abstract commentary on the events. READ MORE...

‘American Horror Story: Cult': 16 Things to Know about the Show’s First Supernatural-Free Season

The FX series American Horror Story often plays on our most basic fears, but for its seventh installment, American Horror Story: Cult, it’s taking things one step further and exploring the level of intense anxiety many have experienced after our most recent presidential election. No matter what side you’re on personally, it’s easy to relate to and sympathize with feeling lost or confused or afraid, and when that’s intentionally used to very effectively induce fear, then you might want to consider watching this season with the lights on. After screening the first three episodes of the season, co-creator/showrunner/executive producer/writer/director Ryan Murphy took questions from the media during a Q&A at the Fox Lot, where he talked about the focus of this season, using the election as a jumping off point, the cult of personality, the satirical element, the setting, and how you can always turn off the TV, if the show is not for you. From that interview, we’ve put together 16 things that you should know about the upcoming season. READ MORE...

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of September 4, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   American Horror Story: Cult (Season Premiere) Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX Why: This will be the first season of AHS with no supernatural elements. That's right, kids. This world we live in has gotten so scary that we no longer need to involve the supernatural. Here are just a few things that Ryan Murphy has teased this season will incorporate: the election, clowns, bees, and...Lena Dunham? Sure, why not! She'll be playing Valerie Solanas in one episode, who attempted to shoot Andy Warhol. Evan Peters, btw, will be playing seven characters , including 6 famous cult leaders (we're talking Charles Manson, Jim Jones...). That's crazy impressive, unless you're Tatiana Maslany. As someone who has only dabbled in AHS, I'm digging the new direction of this season; it seems like the perfect opportunity to jump back into the show. Prepare to talk about: Why clowns get such a bad rap; which cult leader is most deranged; Cher (maybe, but fans think that this tweet implies an AHS guest spot).   The Orville (Series Premiere) Sunday at 8 p.m. on FOX Why: Some people just love Seth MacFarlane's humor (and think Family Guy is the funniest thing on TV). I'm definitely not one of these people. That being said, I really want to like this series, because I love Star Trek , and there is not nearly enough sci-fi comedy out there! The Orville is set 400 years in the future on the titular ship, and while it appears from the trailer to be a straight Trek spoof, is actually thought to be more of an homage to not just Star Trek , but other famous science fiction series such as The Twilight Zone . The Orville is an hour-long show being billed as a science fiction comedic drama. Therefore, while there will still be jokes, it's my understanding that the series will be less scattershot and more plot-driven than a show like Family Guy , which if pulled off successfully, actually sounds quite delightful! MacFarlane is also a self-proclaimed science-fiction nerd and has hired an executive producer who worked on multiple Star Trek series, so if nothing else, these guys care about doing right by the source material. Prepare to talk about: Can Seth MacFarlane succeed at live-action TV; which Star Trek series will perform better - The Orville or Star Trek: Discovery (even though we really don't need to pit them against each other since they are so different); if we can ever really forgive MacFarlane for A Million Ways to Die in the West .   The Deuce (Series Premiere) Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO Why: Can we really look away from anything James Franco does, even if we want to? Ok, we probably can, but *this* one is on HBO and from David Simon ( The Wire ), focusing on the rise of the sex industry in New York beginning in the early 70s, so in this instance we definitely cannot. And did we mention that Franco is playing a dual role - both sympathetic struggling bartender Vincent *and* his sleazy con man brother, Frankie (which really sounds like the most perfect Franco role). The Deuce also stars the always excellent Maggie Gyllenhaal, if James Franco isn't really a selling point for you. If nothing else, this show will have a killer soundtrack, but HBO really needs another hit, since Game of Thrones is at the end of its life (and Westworld is awesome, but won't be back until 2018), and this series is probably its best shot, so we may as well give it a chance! Prepare to talk about: Which James Franco is the best James Franco; how crazy-different NYC was in the 70s, but also how obsessed shows are with making New York "a character"; how nothing will ever be able to replace Game of Thrones .   Rachel is the product manager of SideReel, and she will never apologize for loving Star Trek: Voyager . div.post p { text-align: justify; }

'American Horror Story: Cult' Isn't Only for a Liberal Audience

The politically charged season of Ryan Murphy's FX anthology "is not about Trump or Clinton. It really is about the cult of personality that can rise in a divisive society and I hope that people can figure that out." ...Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/iO4MuXpapxs/american-horror-story-cult-season-not-just-liberals-1034061

Real-Life Clowns Are Offended by Their Portrayal in American Horror Story: Cult

  Several American Horror Story fans (not to mention Sarah Paulson 's coulrophobic character) are not looking forward to the presence of clowns in the franchise's newest installment, Cult , which premieres Tuesday. But there's one group of people that are upset about the inclusion of clowns for a reason ...   ...Read More...   //www.tvguide.com/news/american-horror-story-cult-clowns/?rss=breakingnews

Every Role Evan Peters Is Playing in American Horror Story: Cult

  Evan Peters fans are in for a treat this season. American Horror Story: Cult is poised to be the actor's best season yet, with the AHS staple playing several different characters throughout the 11-episode installment. This isn't going to be a Bette and Dot situation as we saw in Freak Show , nor will ...  Read More... //www.tvguide.com/news/american-horror-story-cult-evan-peters-characters/?rss=breakingnews

American Horror Story: Cult Brilliantly Mocks Left-Wing Hysteria

  Snowflakes. Deporables. Libtards. You've heard them all. Nonsensical as they are instantly understandable, these new-school insults are a testament to how polarized we are as a country, as scary as it is kind of funny. We're caricatures of ourselves, which is one of the many brilliant takeaways from ...  Read More...   //www.tvguide.com/news/american-horror-story-cult-review-politics/?rss=breakingnews

New American Horror Story: Cult Teaser Features the Return of Twisty the Clown!

Get that sleep in while you can.  American Horror Story: Cult  is almost here and thanks to all those wonderful  clowns , it looks to be the most horrifying season yet. Triggered by the 2016 ...  Read More... //www.tvguide.com/news/american-horror-story-cult-twisty-teaser/?rss=breakingnews

American Horror Story: Cult Is a Fascinating Take On Our Political Moment

I havent been this immediately intrigued by a season of American Horror Story sinceAsylum.   ...Read More... //www.vulture.com/2017/09/american-horror-story-cult-review.html?utm_source=nym&utm_medium=f1&utm_campaign=feed-full

7 Reasons American Horror Story: Cult Might be the Best Season Yet

From the moment it was announced that the topic of American Horror Story 7 would have a tie-in to the November 2016 presidential election, gasps and groans could be heard in response. We've been inundated with politics with so long, and from so many angles, the idea of it leeching into our escapist entertainment seemed like an invasion of privacy. After watching the first the first three episodes, any misgivings were swept away. Here are seven reasons AHS Season 7 may be the best season yet.   ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/08/7-reasons-american-horror-story-cult-might-be-the-best-season-ye/