American Horror Story: Freak Show, Michael Chiklis Joins Cast. Plus Bits of PaleyFest

Joining American Horror Story alums Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Gadbourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, and Denis O’Hare this season, Chiklis will play Bates’ ex-husband and Evan Peters’ father. (Via.)

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t’s tradition when American Horror Story comes to PaleyFest that series co-creator Ryan Murphy reveals more information about the upcoming season, and on Friday – the closing night of the annual celebration of television in Los Angeles – he didn’t disappoint: Michael Chiklis will join the cast of the 1950s-set Freak Show as the father of Evan Peters’ character and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character.

It not only marks the return of Chiklis to FX, where he played Detective Vic Mackey for seven seasons on The Shield, but the culmination of Murphy’s efforts to bring the Emmy winner into the show’s repertory of actors that includes Bates, Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson.

Reflecting on their first meeting, Chiklis said he told Murphy, “I’m terrified and I’m going to do it.” He hinted that the material, still a guarded secret, not only scared him on a visceral level, but made him wonder if he would be up to the challenge. “As actors, that what we love to do,” he said. “To take risks and take chances and do things that are challenging.”

“We’re going to scare you,” he added.

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