‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ plot & cast revealed: Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kathy Bates …

TV’s best-kept secret has finally been revealed. The sixth cycle of FX’s “American Horror Story” franchise is officially dubbed “Roanoke” and it’s an ode to the sort of docu-reality series that you’d find on late-night cable channels. Emmy nominees Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) play the lead roles of Shelby and Matt Miller, who move from Los Angeles to a quiet town in the woods and are soon traumatized by the local townsfolk.

But there’s a major narrative twist for Season 6. Paulson and Gooding are actually reenactors who are dramatizing the horrific events that supposedly happened to the real-life Shelby and Matt, as seen in interviews portrayed by Lily Rabe and Andre Holland.

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Just like how must of the season has been kept under wraps by the producers and FX, the complete cast was not revealed until the end of the chillingly creepy first hour. In credits order, the 10 series regulars are: Kathy Bates, Paulson, Gooding, Rabe, Holland, Denis O’Hare, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson and Angela Bassett. While several of these performers popped up in the first hour, others have yet to appear.

“Chapter 1” was written by creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and directed by Bradley Buecker. “It will be familiar and shocking,” Murphy teased to Gold Derby last weekend about the sixth season while on the red carpet at the Creative Arts Emmys. “We’re playing with a different form, so it’s not like any ‘Horror’ season you’ve ever seen. It’s very, very radically different — the narrative structure of what we’re doing.”

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The first five seasons of “American Horror Story” netted a total of 15 Emmy Awards, including two at Saturday’s kudos. Here’s a list of the franchise’s wins so far, as of the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys:

“American Horror Story: Murder House” (2012)
Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange)
Best Hairstyling

“American Horror Story: Asylum” (2013)
Best Supporting Actor (James Cromwell)
Best Sound Editing

“American Horror Story: Coven” (2014)
Best Actress (Lange)
Best Supporting Actress (Bates)
Best Costumes
Best Hairstyling

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (2015)
Best Costumes
Best Hairstyling
Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup
Best Prosthetic Makeup
Best Supporting Visual Effects

“American Horror Story: Hotel” (2016)
Best Contemporary Costumes
Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup

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At the Primetime Emmys on September 18, “AHS: Hotel” is up for two more kudos: Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for both Bates and Paulson. Will they add to the show’s tally?

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