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Wednesday, Oct. 17, FX
RYAN MURPHY’S SECOND show on this list was one of the biggest on cable when it debuted last fall. The tale of a family who move into a mansion, only for its former residents and creepy neighbors to haunt and stalk them, drew in critics and viewers alike. Featuring a strong cast, it centered on the theme of infidelity, and made for a guilty, thrilling pleasure. Sex, murder, a ghost in a rubber suit – the first season had it all.
All of that, though, is irrelevant, as series two is an entirely new concept, albeit with some familiar faces returning as different characters. This time around, the setting is an insane asylum in 1964, with Jessica Lange as its head nurse. The central theme will be sanity, and the show’s characters will deal with real-life horrors – which means no ghosts on murderous rampages this time around. (But there are, reportedly, mutations and aliens.) The list of confirmed stars is impressive, with Lange, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, Adam Levine, Chloë Sevigny and Joseph Fiennes all confirmed to appear. If you missed the first season, we strongly recommend you watch it. Regardless, you should be able to commit yourself to Asylum with little effort.