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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....

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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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American Horror Story: Watch Season 4 Episode 1 Online

Oct 9 2014 4:16am CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Welcome to the Freak Show, American Horror Story Fanatics. FX treated viewers to the latest rendition of its award-winning anthology series last night, as American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 1 took us back to Florida in the 1950s. We said hello to familiar names such as Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, but they weren't exactly wearing familiar faces. Especially Bates. Her character has a beard. Michael Chiklis is also on board for American Horror Story: Freak Show, as is the s ...
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American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Monsters Among Us

Oct 8 2014 10:37pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

When I woke up this morning, I wasn't afraid of clowns. Now, as I think about going to sleep tonight, I'm terrified of them.  I didn't expect American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere to be the most frightening of the anthology series. It was more bone chilling than I remember any of the previous ones. It was the clown! Though, the killer Siamese twins and the angry Jimmy Darling didn't help either. American Horror Story Season 4 Episode 1 freaked me ...
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Premiere Recap: It's A Circus, All Right

Oct 8 2014 10:30pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

*** WARNING: Contains spoilers! Please do not read on unless you've seen the premiere episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," titled "Monsters Among Us." Or if you don't mind spoilers, go right ahead! *** You know what they say: Florida is where the weirdest things happen. That certainly seems to be the case on "American Horror Story: Freak Show"; the pre ...
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Meet Jyoti Amge, The 'World's Smallest Woman' From 'AHS: Freak Show'

Oct 7 2014 4:10pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Last week, FX introduced two "extra-ordinary" cast members of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" in mini-documentaries: Mat Fraser, who plays "Paul the Illustrated Seal," and Rose Siggins, who plays "Legless Suzi." In a new mini-doc, Jyoti Amge, the "world's smallest woman," according to the Guinness Book of Records, speaks about her role as Ma Petite, Elsa Mars ...
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Transgender Actress Erika Ervin On Her 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Role

Oct 7 2014 3:58pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

We couldn't be more thrilled for "American Horror Story: Freak Show" to kick off for numerous reasons, and learning that the hit FX franchise will welcome a transgender performer just makes our excitement for the show more palpable. Erika Ervin will star alongside series regulars Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Emma Roberts as "Amazon Eve," a role she says was originally written for a man. "I auditioned for the part as a ...
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Take A Peek Under The Tent & Meet The Cast Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Sep 22 2014 11:01am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The freak show is getting nearer, and we finally have a good look at its wild cast of characters. In new cast photos for "American Horror Story: Freak Show," we meet Jessica Lange's character, Elsa Mars, and her troupe of freaks, along with a handful of others. The only characters missing from this new set of photos are Gabourey Sidibe and Patti LaBelle, the terrifying Twisty the Clown ...
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Ryan Murphy Is Worried 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' May Be Too Scary

Sep 20 2014 3:55pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Ryan Murphy is worried. He's really worried that you're going to get scared, and that your heart will possibly stop beating when you meet Twisty the Clown on the next season of "American Horror Story." And now we're really worried too ... In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, the creator of "American Horror Story" shared more details on the killer clown we're expected to meet in "Freak Show." Played by John ...
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Skyler Samuels Joins American Horror Story: Freak Show Cast

Sep 17 2014 5:52am CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Welcome to The Freak Show, Skyler Samuels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Nine Lives of Chloe King actress will appear on multiple episodes of American Horror Story Season 4 as “a local who finds herself in a tough situation.” That's all we know at the moment. About King's character, that is. But American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere on October 8 and track Jessica Lange’s Elsa Mars, who heads up a carnival of, well, freaks in 1950s Flor ...
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Pepper Is Officially Returning For 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Sep 11 2014 2:43pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

We guessed it back in July, and we were right -- Pepper is returning to "American Horror Story"! Naomi Grossman's beloved microcephalic character from "Asylum" was rumored to return to "AHS" over the summer when an unofficial call sheet leaked. "Yes, she's back," FX confirmed to HuffPost after Entertainment Weekly broke the news. We'll officially get to know what Pepper's life was like before we first met her, locked u ...
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First Full 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Trailer Is Here & It's Amazing

Sep 8 2014 7:40am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Ladies and gentlemen, freaks of all types, the first full "American Horror Story" Season 4 trailer has arrived! There's a bearded woman! There's a woman with three breasts! But that's not all: There's a woman with two heads -- yes, ladies and gentlemen, two! Okay, our circus ringmaster voice is over. But seriously, the first full trailer -- compared to all of those short, terrifying teasers -- for "AHS: Freak Show" is here and it's absolutely amazi ...
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