Lady Gaga vs. Jessica Lange: ‘American Horror Story’ diva smackdown [Poll]

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Do YOU think Lady Gaga is the perfect choice to fill the void as reigning diva of the "American Horror Story" franchise? Or is original star Jessica Lange simply irreplaceable? As the new installment of "Hotel" premieres on FX, it's time to cast your vote. See poll below right now.

'AHS: Hotel' cast images: Lady Gaga, Evan Peters, Matt Bomer … [Photo Gallery]

After winning two Emmys for the popular anthology series — supporting for the original "AHS" and lead for "AHS: Coven" — Lange said goodbye earlier this year, prompting many to wonder if "American Horror Story" could possibly continue without her. Turns out it can, thanks to acting newcomer Lady Gaga.

Mostly known for her music career, Gaga already has two Emmy nominations to her name in the Best Variety Special category: "Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden" (2011) and "Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!" (2015). While she lost both of those bids, she can take comfort in her six Grammy wins.

Despite Lange's departure, "AHS: Hotel" should continue to dominate the ratings for FX thanks to the notable addition of superstar Gaga and the show's creepy hotel theme. But will it also be a hit with the Emmys next year? As a refresher, the first four seasons racked up an incredible 71 nominations with 13 victories in the movie/miniseries categories.

Here's a list of the franchise's Emmy wins so far:

"American Horror Story: Murder House"
Best Supporting Actress (Lange)
Best Hairstyling

"American Horror Story: Asylum"
Best Supporting Actor (James Cromwell)
Best Sound Editing

"American Horror Story: Coven"
Best Actress (Lange)
Best Supporting Actress (Bates)
Best Costumes
Best Hairstyling

"American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Best Costumes
Best Hairstyling
Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup
Best Prosthetic Makeup
Best Supporting Visual Effects

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Photo Credits: Suzanne Tenner/Frank Ockenfels/FX

26 thoughts on “Lady Gaga vs. Jessica Lange: ‘American Horror Story’ diva smackdown [Poll]

  1. Tsetse11 MIN
    This season is desperate and reaching. Its over sexed and gore and almost attemptig to distract the viewer that tge star (jessica lange) is missing. It did the opposite however and showed the glaring absence of the lead talent wueen lange. Shes talented and obviously these people are meant to be supporting cast members. Idk if she was presented with this seasons script and thats y she decided against it if that is y i dont blame her. I wint be watching this season and its sad. Let me know when lange returns until then bon voyagE

  2. Is this a joke??? you cannot compare Lady gaga to Jessica Lange. No body can replace a actress like Jessica Lange. Only watching this season because Sarah Paulson is in it.

  3. IDK…I feel like it’s a bit unfair comparison to pit her against a seasoned veteran actress like Jessica Lange. She’s inherited the high profile ~star~ type of role by default only because of her name. She seems like she’s in more of a smaller supporting role whereas if you’re going to compare Lange to anyone it would probably be Sarah or Kathy who have more dialog thus far and seem to be called upon to do more emotional heavy lifting in their roles.

  4. There is no comparison. Jessica Lange is genius. No one can replace her.
    The opener of Hotel felt hollow without Lange.
    I doubt i will continue to watch much longer unless she comes back

  5. Premier does not bode well for the season. It was gimmicky, cheap, redicously indulgent in ineffective cinematographic effects (too dark, random angles/lenses, etc.) the up in gore factor can’t make up for the weakness of tge storyline introduced. All flash, no content. Will leave it for a few weeks, binge watch to catch up, but if no turn around in that time, won’t waste my time watching it thus year, and hope for a comeback.

  6. Just watched hotel premier and I have to say it left me feeling empty and morbid. I really liked the art deco hotel and the campy feature characters. There seemed to be no point to any of this except a vehicle for people who crave blood and debauchery. It was so predictable it was pathetic. I really liked the Cove series and Freak show, where the characters developed along the way, and there was some semblance of story of the macabre. But this quickly went nowhere and did not make me yearn for more. Although Gaga may have been cast in a role suited to her/him – she can’t act her way out of a paper bag, and must rely on her looks (right out of reality absurd). Don’t care for the music either. The are some good eye candy, but can’t hold a candle to Tom Mison or Adrian Turner – (who should be the next Bond) – one or the other. The vampire thing is a bit worn out there was nothing subtle or left to the imagination. Any really good feature always leaves something to the imagination, and it’s usually what’s NOT included that can make or break any performance or memory. Bring back Jessica Lange who is seasoned and can do just about anything and make it good. Until next year folks – I won’t be watching.

  7. No one can replace Jessica Lange she is truly a great actress as for lady haha she is not an actress she should stick to singing acting is not a for tay

  8. Iike Lady Gaga but I would prefer Jessica. Her acting is obviously beyond compare but Gaga’s character is a little too over the top for what I like to see on the show. Usually there’s a build up and a plot that leaves the viewer anxious for the next episode. The premier that just aired was just an obnoxious amount of sex, drugs, gore, and shock factor. I don’t really like shows like that. I get that the show has always been a little raunchy and had a bit of sex but come on, a four way where they just start butchering people and drinking their blood? This isn’t a Lady Gaga music video. (No shade to Gaga)

  9. Seriously why does it always have to shoot at religion? I’m not a “believer” but it gets old.. Every show nowadays is always shooting at religion.

  10. I think Gaga is super talented in the music industry. Key words “music industry”. She is completely horrible at acting. I honestly hate this season so badly. Sorry to be blunt. I only started watching AHS last season. I never got into it for some reason my gf convinced me to watch it. I watched the first episode and wow I was hooked. Why? A huge part was because of Jessica Lange. So I went on netflix and started watching all of the previous seasons and I liked the show even more. I was super impressed. I was waiting anxiously to see what this season would bring. Literally as soon as I heard Lady Gaga would be replacing Jessica Lange I immediately knew Id be disappointed. Now I actually tried to give Gaga the benefit of the doubt but I am extremely disappointed. If they dont do something about bringing back Jessica then I’m sure their going to lose alot of viewers. Including alot of dedicated viewers. “ME”

  11. I think Gaga is super talented in the music industry. Key words “music industry”. She is completely horrible at acting. I honestly hate this season so badly. Sorry to be blunt. I only started watching AHS last season. I never got into it for some reason but my gf convinced me to watch it. I watched the first episode and wow I was hooked. Why? A huge part was because of Jessica Lange. So I went on netflix and started watching all of the previous seasons and I liked the show even more. I was super impressed. I was waiting anxiously to see what this season would bring. Literally as soon as I heard Lady Gaga would be replacing Jessica Lange I immediately knew Id be disappointed. Now I actually tried to give Gaga the benefit of the doubt but I am extremely disappointed. If they dont do something about bringing back Jessica then I’m sure their going to lose alot of viewers. Including alot of dedicated viewers. “ME”

  12. Lady gaga did NOT replace Jessica. Jessica decided to leave AHS, stop saying Gaga’s her replacement.
    I agree though, gaga can NOT act. Jessica is the best and I’ll always miss her, I love you Jessica Lange!

  13. Lady Gaga is cheap crap, and “Hotel” borrows from so many movies I have seen it has made my head spin..such as “The Hunger” just to name one very obvious “inspiration” for lack of an “original idea.”

  14. I personally think that GaGa is such a creative artist in her music and stage performance BUT !! she should stick to what she knows best (music) I find her acting as the countess dull and lifeless (pardon the pun) And if i have said its once i will say it again you CAN NOT ! replace Miss Lange she is AMERICAN HORROR STORY. And she is a classic ! GET GAGA OUT !

  15. Jessica Lang decided to quit AHS. I’m so sad about this, be it not for Kathy Bates, I would stop the show, I cannot imagine how Lady Ga Ga will do, she isn’t an actor.

  16. It’s a shame, I want to be excited for season 6, premiering soon. The elaborate teasers and posters and built-up mystery around the plot and theme is conceivably exciting!! Sadly, AHS lost its excitement, power and charm, despite good writing and powerful actors when they lost Jessica Lange. She’s truly a top talent, I say that with more conviction AFTER her AHS stints– she made the show robust and classy. But to be fair, there are other talented actors out there that could have saved the series. Season 6 is almost unwatchable. Casting Lady Gaga in a pivotal role was a ridiculous decision. I tried really hard to like it– it’s completely wooden and hollow and not even the great supporting actors make up for it. Terrible, loved the show prior.

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