Michael Chiklis will be joining the fourth season of “AHS” (subtitled “Freak Show”) in a regular capacity, creator Ryan Murphy announced to a screaming crowd at Friday’s closing night of the 31st Paley Festival at the Dolby Theatre.
Prior to this announcement, most of the buzz for the fourth season of FX’s anthology series was centered around the fact that it would be Lange’s final year on the show. But now that FX has brought in the big gun in the form of Chiklis, no one seems to be talking about Lange anymore.
Lest we forget, Chiklis was the first actor to win an acting Emmy for an FX series, way back in 2002. His win for “The Shield” put FX on the map all those years ago and paved the way for such successful hits as “AHS,” “Damages,” “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy.” In his Emmy acceptance speech, Chiklis understood what his win meant for the future of FX and so thanked his “formally small network FX.” (Watch Chiklis’ Emmy speech below.)
In “Freak Show,” Chiklis will be playing the father of Evan Peters‘ character and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates‘ character. “I can’t think of a better way to come back to my home network then to join this magnificent cast,” Chiklis remarked to his adoring crowd at PaleyFest.
But will Emmy voters be just as happy to welcome him back?
It’s still too early to determine whether Chiklis will be a lead actor or a supporting actor on the new season, but either way he could be a real contender for Emmy #2 in 2015.
The first two seasons of “AHS” both scored acting Emmys (Lange for Season 1 and James Cromwell for Season 2), so Chiklis is already in good company. The just-concluded “Coven” season is still a mystery since Emmy voting for that iteration doesn’t take place until the summer.
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