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AMERICAN HORROR STORY
9 p.m. Wednesdays
With shows like "Sons of Anarchy" and "Rescue Me," FX has proven itself to be one of the groundbreaking networks when it comes to pushing the dramatic envelope. Now comes what might be their most edgy and WTF-inducing project to date, the sexy, spooky and sinister "American Horror Story." I've caught a few episodes now, and I'm thoroughly hooked on the show's weird blend of "Addams Family" meets "True Blood." In the show, Ben and Vivien Harmon (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton) are a 40-something couple weathering the storm of the Ben's infidelity after Vivien suffers a horrific miscarriage. Seeking a fresh start, they move their teen-age daughter to L.A., where they get a sweet deal on a massive turn-of-the-19th century Victorian house. Why such a cool house was so cheap soon reveals itself: the place is somehow cursed, with monsters and baby heads in glass jars in the basement, a history full of tenants killing themselves in horrific ways, a creepy neighbor (played with absolute glee by Jessica Lange) who appears in the house at will, a monstrously-scarred former resident who killed his whole family while living there, a suicidal Kurt Cobain look-alike who soon strikes up a romance with the Harmon's daughter, and a full-body latex gimp suit in the attic (which apparently came to life in a recent episode and got its groove on with one of the homeowners). Just to let you know how strange and awesome this show is: the Harmons hired a housekeeper named Moira in the first episode, a woman who had worked for the former owners (who, predictably, offed themselves in the basement). While the wife sees Moira as a matronly, 60-something woman with a glass eye, the husband literally sees her as a smoking-hot 20-something redhead who wears thigh-high stockings and a super-short maid's outfit that shows off her tuchus any time she bends over to dust. Yeah, it's that kind of show. Though Dylan McDermott seems to have one speed (He. Is. Very. Concerned.) and Jessica Lange is pretty much playing herself (though, I might add, her character fits here), the rest of the cast is fairly stellar. Definitely one to watch. If it can draw enough of an audience and get folks to suspend their disbelief over "Why don't they just move the f*** out?" it might wind up being a winner.
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