American Horror Story's second season, focusing on the "real-life horror" of mental illness, has been dubbed "Asylum." The subtitle "signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted," series co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy said Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we're calling the new installment," Murphy said. "This year's theme is about sanity and tackling real-life horrors."
The style of the show will change dramatically with season one's ghost story over. Now the series will be set in a tuberculosis ward-turned-mental hospital run by a returning Jessica Lange's character.
"When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show," Murphy said. "We didn't want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive."
The new entry in FX's anthology series takes place in 1964 on the East Coast, and will feature a largely new cast. With the Harmons gone, Adam Levine, Clea Duvall, Joseph Fiennes, Lizzie Brocheré and James Cromwell will all be added to the lineup, along with Evan Peters and Lange, who are returning as new characters.
Levine has been active on Twitter since the show began shooting. The Maroon 5 frontman tweeted "Shooting A.H.S. It's C.A.F. (Creepy As F*CK)."
Shooting A.H.S. It's C.A.F. (Creepy As FUCK)
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) July 30, 2012
Entertainment Weekly also reported that Franka Potente of "Run Lola Run" fame will be a cast member. Apparently Potente will be involved in a two- episode arc.
The season two premiere date hasn't been announced yet, but it is expected to come sometime in October. The series is highly anticipated, especially following the acclaim of season one, which is nominated for 17 Emmy Awards.
Some of the notable Emmys that the show is contending for are Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie, Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Denis O'Hare as Larry Harvey, and Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for both Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon and Frances Conroy as Moira. Lange could follow up this year's nomination with another if "Asylum" is as well recieved as season one.