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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Jessica Lange

Oct 26 2013, 8:04am CDT | by TV Line

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars THE PERFORMER | Jessica Lange/> THE SHOW | American Horror Story: Coven/> THE EPISODE | “The Replacements” THE AIRDATE | Oct. 23...

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Jessica Lange

Oct 26 2013, 8:04am CDT | by TV Line

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

THE PERFORMER | Jessica Lange
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THE SHOW | American Horror Story: Coven
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THE EPISODE | “The Replacements”

THE AIRDATE | Oct. 23, 2013

THE PERFORMANCE | Ironic, isn’t it? In “The Replacements,” Fiona tried to come to grips with the idea that she might not always be the Supreme, and — at the very same time — Lange let us know in no uncertain terms that she would always be the Supreme.

Early on, the sorceress waxed nostalgic about the power her beauty gave her over men. Drawing them to her, seducing them, she said, “it’s my dance… I never suspected a night would come when the dance would end.” So, upon being informed that her failing health made her ineligible for plastic surgery, she could no longer hold back her tears.

Later, when not tormenting Delphine with her modernism (“I voted for [Obama],” she gleefully told the racist, “twice”) or shrugging off Madison’s knife toss at new neighbor Joan (“She has to work on her aim”), Fiona took the bratty starlet under her wing. On one hand, she couldn’t help but be impressed by the girl’s talent and looks. On the other, she was green with envy — a point driven painfully home when all eyes were focused on the younger woman during their evening of booze and billiards.

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Finally, Fiona explained to her ward that she was dying — a process that was only being expedited by Madison’s proximity leaching away her life force. The ingénue eagerly offered up her connections — she could get Fiona a great oncologist! But the elder witch wouldn’t hear of it. “I’m not going out bald and shriveled and begging for morphine,” she scoffed.

Then, in the hour’s most shocking turn, Fiona handed Madison the very knife she’d used to murder her Supreme decades earlier and instructed her to “kill me for the sake of the coven.” When Madison refused, a struggle ensued that left her dead and bleeding on the floor. “This coven doesn’t need a new Supreme,” smirked Fiona, triumphant once more, “it needs a new rug.”

From the depths of despair to the high of victory, Lange — who’s already earned enough awards to necessitate an entire trophy room, never mind a trophy case — once again reminded us that, with or without a ritual sacrifice or a book of spells, she’s absolutely magical.

HONORABLE MENTION | In the span of one episode, Klaus and Cami’s twisted relationship on The Originals became one of the spinoff series’ richest thanks to Joseph Morgan and Leah Pipes‘ subtle, heartbreaking performances. Layered with sadness, kinship and a shared haunted spirit, their emotionally fraught scenes anchored the supernatural/vampy/witchy goings-ons with genuine human feeling. Klaus erased Cami’s realizations about her brother’s tragic death, but it’ll be a long time before we forget his devastation at what he had to do and her equally heart-wrenching pleas for him to let her hold on to her memories.

Which performances rocked your TV set this week? Sound off in the comments!


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Here's How Lily Rabe Joining 'Freak Show' Connects The 'AHS' Universes

Oct 30 2014 8:46am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

It has been well established that each season of "American Horror Story" functions as its own separate entity, but now two of those worlds are about to collide. First it was announced that Naomi Grossman's Pepper from Season 2's "Asylum" would reprise her role for "Freak Show" to reveal the character's origin story. Now, Entertainment Weekly has announced that Lily Rabe will join "Freak Show" as Sister Mary Eunice ...
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American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 4 Review: Edward Mordrake Claims a Freak

Oct 29 2014 11:00pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 4 concluded the tale of Edward Mordrake, and the tale of Twisty the Clown, or "Twisted Clown" as my closed-captioning called him. (Yes, I watch TV with closed-captioning. I recommend trying it!) Through Edward Mordrake's hunt for the Halloween sacrifice, we filled in the histories of several of the freaks of American Horror Story: Freak Show, and with only a handful of nit-picky complaints from me. It wa ...
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Neil Patrick Harris Is Officially Joining 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Oct 29 2014 1:16pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Neil Patrick Harris, a.k.a. the ubiquitous celeb of 2014, may have turned down a role in the first season of "American Horror Story," but he recently said that he really wanted to be on "Freak Show." Thanks to Ryan Muprhy, Harris' dreams (and ours) have come true. The "American Horror Story" creator told Entertainment Weekly earlier this month that he's been in tal ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Casts Neil Patrick Harris and His Husband

Oct 29 2014 7:30am CDT | Source: Buddy TV

American Horror Story is known for casting huge stars, and they're about to do it again for the final two episodes of Freak Show.How I Met Your Mother alum Neil Patrick Harris is joining season 4 as a "chameleon salesman," according to TVLine. But he won't be alone: Harris' husband, David Burtka, has been cast as well. Burtka will be involved in a "sexy storyline" with Jessica Lange ...
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Angela Bassett Really Doesn't Want To Sing On 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Oct 27 2014 4:55pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" features a fantastic ensemble of talented actors, but this season puts them in some of the most challenging and visually dynamic roles the series has ever attempted. Which brings us to Angela Bassett, who plays Desiree Dupree, or the three-breasted woman. Bassett sat down with HuffPost Entertainment to tell us that she really doesn't want a musical number this season and how her intersex character is in for a ve ...
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