TV News Wrap-Up: Feb 10, 2013 - 'American Horror Story,' 'Breaking Bad' & More

This week, 'American Horror Story' season 3 secures some familiar cast members, 'The Following' gets criticized by someone who knows his stuff, and a 'Breaking Bad' cast member wanted his character to be killed off.


This Week in TV:

We learned that Lily Rabe and Taissa Farmiga will be returning to American Horror Story season 3; CBS has ordered a new comedy pilot starring Robin Williams; Fox's new show The Following was recently criticized by a real life serial killer; one of the cast members of AMC's Breaking Bad requested to be killed off before the second half of season 5 began; and we got a look at an official poster for the upcoming Starz original series Da Vinci's Demons.

After starring in previous installments of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, both Lily Rabe and Taissa Farmiga have agreed to come back for season 3.


Series creator Ryan Murphy has been tweeting casting updates and announcements regarding season 3 for the past couple of weeks and recently revealed that Rabe, Farmiga and Frances Conroy are onboard for another go-round.

Rabe played the suicidal Nora Montgomery in American Horror Story: Murder House and then possessed nun Sister Mary Eunice McKee in Asylum. Presumably, she will take on a new character for season 3, but that is one of the few things Murphy hasn't spilled the beans about recently.

Murphy was also excited to get Farmiga back for season 3, as she was someone he missed last season after not being able to find a role for her in Asylum. She appeared in Murder House as the troubled teen Violet, a performance that Murphy loved so much, he spoke of having her headline the new season with a brand new character, which it appears that she will be doing.

With Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange and Evan Peters all signed on to return as well, it looks like a very terrifying reunion is in order for American Horror Story season 3, which premieres this fall on FX.

Sources: Ryan Murphy's Twitter Page, TV Line


With pilot season in full swing, TV viewers can expect to see a slew of new shows hit the airwaves soon, but one blast from the past they might not have expected is Robin Williams.


TV Line is reporting that CBS has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot starring Williams titled Crazy Ones from David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice). Although Williams has made cameo appearances and has done guest spots on several shows in recent years, including Louie and Wilfred, he hasn't had his own TV show since Mork and Mindy. Additionally, most of his television appearances over the last two decades have seen him playing himself, so the new pilot could be a real chance for the legendary comedian and Oscar winner to return to television acting.

Details are scarce on Crazy Ones, but once we get more info, we'll be sure to pass it along.

Source: TV Line


Everyone is a critic. That saying rang true more than ever this week, after a report surfaced that Fox's new drama The Following was being scrutinized by a real life serial killer.


Despite getting generally favorable reviews, there are still some folks out there that don't think The Following is realistically representing serial killers and their motivations. One of the show's harshest critics is imprisoned killer Raven, who is featured each week on Discovery's Dark Minds. Raven considers Fox's new series to be downright laughable and thinks of it more as a comedy than a drama. According to Raven:

“They just can’t seem to ever get it right in Hollywood when it comes to what really makes us tick. We would never kill in that manner. We don’t have Edgar Allan Poe heads in a closet. Real serial killers create a legend. They don’t latch onto Edgar Allan Poe. And the last thing they would do is engage the police."

Raven, who is serving a life sentence, has all the time in the world to watch shows like The Following, but it seems like Fox's new series is a waste of his time. He didn't even finish watching the hour-long program, turning if off 40 minutes in.

Raven may not be a fan, but many viewers have been tuning in and most critics, including our own (read our review of episode 3), have good things to say about the series starring Kevin Bacon. Be sure to check The Following out for yourself every Monday @9pm on Fox.

Source: New York Post


The first half of Breaking Bad season 5 saw one of  its most popular and important characters meet his demise, but apparently another cast member wanted his character to be killed off before the beginning of the final season's second half.


Dean Norris, who plays DEA agent Hank Schrader on the critically acclaimed AMC series, asked creator Vince Gilligan to write him off the show, but Gilligan did not oblige. Schrader said it was nothing against the show, but that he wanted to go out for another pilot that would have conflicted with the production of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes. Norris planned on doing both, but season 5's midseason split prevented him from doing so, effectively nixing his chances at landing another long term job.

“When they [AMC] originally picked up the 16 [episodes] I thought, ‘Great, I can do a pilot, do the 16 and then be free to do a show. And then at some point f*****g whoever decided they were going to split it into two [halves] so it cut me off from doing a pilot — and I had a pilot I wanted to do.”

Gilligan, who told Norris he needed him for the final eight episodes, has also said that the series finale will be polarizing. When discussing writing the final episode, he said this to The Hollywood Reporter:

“We have pretty much everything right now, we just need some connective tissue. It’s kind of scary to know that it is it, this is all of it. Hopefully, folks will like it.”

Breaking Bad will return to AMC for its final run of eight episodes starting on July 15th, 2013.

Sources: THR, National Post


With the series premiere of David S. Goyer's Da Vinci's Demons just two months away, we are getting a look at its official poster this week. Check it out:


We got a look at the trailer for the upcoming Starz original series a couple of weeks back and got a sense of the action/adventure feel that Goyer is going for. Considering the seemingly fun tone of the series - which centers on the exploits and adventures of a young Leonardi Da Vinci - it begs a comparison to the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes films. If done right, it could be a great direction for the show and a way to jazz up the character of Da Vinci.

Check out Da Vinci's Demons when it premieres on April 12th, 2013 on Starz.

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