American Horror Story's new season gets a snazzy new title

Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story, announced a super creative new name for the second season of the show. Ready for it? Drum roll, please.

It's going to be called American Horror Story: Asylum.

I'm kidding, of course. (Not about show's title, that's real. But about Murphy's creativity, or lack thereof.) Murphy and his team showed remarkable creativity when they conjured up 17 Emmy nominations for an extraordinarily mediocre show using smoke and mirrors. American Horror Story's 17 nods are tied for the most nominations for a single show in the history of the Emmys. Instead of putting American Horror Story up against the likes of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Game of Thrones (you know, good shows) in the best drama category, Murphy submitted his show to the academy as a mini-series -- which it clearly is not.  American Horror Story got around the rules by claiming the close-ended nature of it's story qualified it as a mini-series. Sure, it's a little shady, but it's pretty brilliant.

Unfortunately, it appears the Murphy and company used up all their brilliance on that Emmy scheme and had little leftover to think of a good new name for the show. "We picked Asylum because it not only describes the setting—an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward—but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted," Murphy said. Sure, Murph', whatever you say. You know you just wanted an excuse to throw a colon into the title.

"This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors,” Murphy said, which means were probably not going to get any slutty poltergeists in American Horror Story: Asylum. Drat.

Here's what we know about AHS:A so far:

The show will be set in the 1960s in a New England mental institution. Jessica Lange will return, playing a different role than on the first season, as the asylum's director (manager? boss lady?). Other members of the cast include Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, and Adam Levine. Shooting started on season two in July and the show is scheduled to return to FX's lineup in October. 

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