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Gleeful: Denis O'Hare Joins Connie Britton for Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story"

By Cindy Davis | Industry | March 31, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | March 31, 2011 |

It is perhaps laughable that I feel giddy at the prospect of a new television show, but I’m still not ashamed to admit that I do. And while FX has suffered a couple of semi-undeserved bombs recently (having canceled “Lights Out” and “Terriers),” I feel extremely safe in saying that I think they’ll soon have a hit on their hands. In the past couple of months, there have been rumblings about a new series being developed by “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee” creator, Ryan Murphy. Details are extremely scarce, and yet, even just the vague show description perked up my senses. The president of FX, John Landgraf, announced “American Horror Story” as a “wildly brilliant original series,” and called Murphy and partner Brad Falchuk “evil geniuses.” Of the show, Falchuk says he and Murphy intend to “bring the horror genre to television but with our own subversive sensibilities.”

I can’t think of the last time a good horror series has come to television, particularly a “really complicated, interesting psychological horror show.” And now the show has begun casting; first up was “Friday Night Lights’” beloved Tami Taylor: Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, half of the series’ main couple. Yesterday, it was announced that the wonderful, the glorious and outlandish, Tony winning actor, Denis O’Hare (“True Blood, The Good Wife, An Englishman in New York,” Milk, The Proposal, Take Me Out) has signed on. I hope I’m not the only one who practically danced at the news. His “True Blood” performances as vampire King Russell Edgington took the show to a new level; the man could easily carry a character spin-off show. O’Hare is to play a character called “Larry, the burn guy” and I can only imagine what that means—but no matter whether he’ll actually be some crazy arsonist or a slowly-bubbling madman who psychologically burns people, he’ll be FANTASTIC.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Denis O’Hare in action, here’s one of his more memorable “True Blood” scenes (NSFKidlets):

(Source: Hollywood Reporter)

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