Is there really “Life on Mars?” That’s what Jessica Lange sings about at the end of the much-anticipated premiere of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as the veteran actress brings down the house in her show-stopping David Bowie-inspired production number.
And you know what? This song-and-dance scene could very well win Lange another Emmy next year in the Movie/Miniseries Lead Actress race. It’s that good. (Watch the viral moment below.)
Lange is already a three-time Emmy winner (“Grey Gardens” in 2009, “American Horror Story” in 2012 and “American Horror Story: Coven” this year), and this first episode of “Freak Show” could easily bring her trophy #4 next year.
This TV mastermind is also the creative force behind “Glee,” which is responsible for earning Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris and Gwyneth Paltrow acting Emmys for episodes in which their characters belted out well-known tunes. The thinking from Murphy’s camp, obviously, is that if the music magic worked for “Glee,” why not try their luck with FX’s popular “AHS” franchise?
In “Freak Show,” Lange stars as German expat Elsa Mars, a 1950s recruiter of “freaks” who’ve been tossed aside by society because of their physical deformities. One of the characters she saves in the premiere episode is Sarah Paulson‘s Bette and Dot Tattler, dubbed a monster because of her two heads.
While the Emmys are still months away, the Golden Globes are just around the corner. Vote below for the Globes’ new TV Movie/Limited Series race using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Will “American Horror Story: Freak Show” be nominated?