While season one of American Horror Story took place in Los Angeles, the show is switching things up a bit and will be set on the East Coast in the 1960s. Officially described as an anthology series, Season 2 will feature an all-new set of characters...well, almost all-new.
Jessica Lange is returning to the program, but she's playing a totally different style of character, according to a recent interview with MTV.
"She's not playing this kind of ersatz Tennessee Williams character this time," "AHS" writer Tim Minear told MTV News about Lange in season two. "She's playing something that's a little more East Coast, a little more patrician...She's playing a nun," he said. "She's playing an administrator of a facility. It's different. In this instance, she's a bride of Christ."
Early word had Lange's character running a mental hospital, and so it sounds like there's going to be more of a religious angle at play here, too. As for why they chose the 1960s as the time period for this upcoming season?
"The reason we're doing it in the 1960s is because that fits the story that we want to tell."
Yeah, right. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Mad Men has become such a cultural phenomenon that the 60s are cool again, and this isn't a cheap way to cash in on that success. I'm sure it's nothing as transparent as that.
As for Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine's role as one of the mysterious "Lovers," Minear had this to say:
"Let's say that Adam's character is kind of a nod to contemporary sensibilities, as opposed to something from the mid-century."
So we'll open up the floor to your interpretations. What kind of character do you think Levine will be playing? What did Minear mean by putting a contemporary character in a mid-century setting?