'Glee' producers switch gears for 'Horror Story'

Oct 3 2011 - 12:18pm

In "American Horror Story" (debuting 11 p.m. Wednesday, FX), a dysfunctional family finds life unraveling even faster when it unwittingly moves into a haunted house.

The series comes from producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who collaborate on "Glee."

"It was always something that we were really interested in," Falchuk told reporters recently. "It was always something in the back of both of our heads. We're both obsessed with the genre ... and then it's how can we bust the genre up.

Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott play Vivien and Ben Harmon, a married couple trying to reconcile trust issues between them. After moving into a new home, where they want to start over again, the Harmons, along with their daughter, soon start to be manipulated by eerie forces.

Jessica Lange plays their strange next-door neighbor, Constance, and Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under") has a most unusual role -- as a housekeeper who's seen as a young vixen only by sex-starved Ben.

"I was instantly intrigued because of the genre ... in the vein of 'Rosemary's Baby,' or 'The Shining' and 'Repulsion' and all these Polanski movies ...," McDermott said. "So I was immediately obsessed with the idea of it."

Murphy had many cinematic influences going into "Story," among them being the late ABC soap opera "Dark Shadows."

"Even when we were coming up with this, I'm like, 'Remember how good "Dark Shadows" was and how gothic and it had all these sort of interwoven stories about sex and marriage and obsession?' And I felt that there sort of wasn't that on the air right now," he said.

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