April 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM ET
A mental hospital? A college? A prison? The theories for "American Horror Story's" season two setting have been flying around even before season one wrapped. And finally, after months of waiting, Ryan Murphy revealed at a special "AHS" panel session (hosted by our Kristin Dos Santos at the TV Academy last night) where next season of his horror hit will take place.
Were any of your guesses correct?
If you guessed amusement park ... you were way off.
But, if you guessed institution for the criminally insane ... you were right on the money! Murphy confirmed the rumors that season two of "AHS" will be set in a mental hospital, and Jessica Lange is in charge! "(Season two) is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica," Murphy said. "It's a completely different world and has nothing to do with season one, there's not a mention of season one. The second season is set in a completely different time period."
When it was asked if Zachary Quinto, who will be Lange's nemesis, might be an inmate, Murphy smiled that knowing smile and simply replied: "Maybe." Quinto himself said he was "really looking forward" to playing a new role on the same show. "The notion of coming back and playing something totally different and in a totally different world with many of the same actors ... it's probably one of the more exciting things that has come across my plate in recent years," he said.
"The Voice" star Adam Levine recently confirmed his role on the show, and Murphy revealed that the musician immediately jumped on board after hearing what was in store for his character. "He's a sexy guy, so he needs to play a sexy guy, but a guy that is different than who you think he would play," Murphy spilled. "I pitched him the part and he listened slack-jawed and simply said, 'I'm in.' The second season is fun, sexy and baroque. It has a lot of meat to it. It's a really gritty part."
Other returning folks from "AHS'" first run include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe. But they might not be the only ones!
"The idea is to work with actors that you love and are excited by. The second season there will be other people up on this stage, who are not announced, who will also be in it but are playing the polar opposite of what they were in the first season in every way."
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