'American Horror Story: Coven' spoilers - from Ryan Murphy, cast
"American Horror Story: Coven," the third of Ryan Murphy's hit series, is set to premiere on FX on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and OTRC.com talked to the creator as well as several cast members about what's in store.
Check out 3 spoilers about the new season and watch the extended interviews with the "American Horror Story: Coven" stars, above.
1. Stevie Nicks is part of the show
Ryan Murphy says "American Horror Story: Coven," which features newcomer Angela Bassett and music from Stevie Nicks, is "by far" his favorite season of the series.
"We use a lot of Stevie Nicks music this year so I called Stevie Nicks and said, 'Do you want to be a part of this show?' And she said, 'Yeah, I'd love to.' So it's like, things that shouldn't be together that are and I love that," Murphy told OTRC.com.
Murphy had said on Twitter on Sept. 18: "Thank you Ms. Stevie Nicks for letting us use your music in COVEN! You rock and I love you."
2. Season 3 is less dark ... season 4 - back to dark?
"I think that I did it on purpose because last year it was about mental institutions and it was very dark and had to be," Murphy told OTRC.com. "We told the truth about that and it was a very honored season but many of the actors said, 'Come on, can I just wear a dress and & smoke a cigarette and say a joke now and again?' I always like to do the opposite. Next year, I'm sure it will be so dark that no one will watch it. I don't know."
3. "American Horror Story: Coven" is about "female empowerment."
"Do you like witches? Do you like women? Watching women? There's a lot of amazing women on this show," cast member Lily Rabe told OTRC.com. "I think if you like, I dunno, to me, I'm so obsessed, personally obsessed with everything to do with magic and witches and all of that, so I think it's just delicious and rich and also, it's not good or bad, it's everything -- everything in between, good and evil, as well."
"It's still dark and strange but it's a bit more humorous and fabulous and wicked," cast member Taissa Farmiga, who starred in the first season but was absent in the second. "It's just going to be really fun. It's a bunch of wonderful female leads. We do have our couple of males coming in, but it's just a completely different season and it's about female empowerment and it's fun."Did you know? "American Horror Story" star Jessica Lange got Kathy Bates -- a big fan -- her job on the series.
"She got me the gig, basically," Bates told OTRC.com. "I mean, I saw the first season, I was doing another show at the time and Thursday morning, we were all in the makeup trailer, going 'God, did you see last night? Did you see what they did?'"
Reporting by Karl Schmid, correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.
"American Horror Story: Coven" premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET. Watch a preview below.