For the first time ever, FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story” has been submitted on the Emmy ballot as a drama and not as a limited series. That’s because of a recent Emmy rule stating that since this particular installment, “AHS: Apocalypse,” featured continuing storylines and characters from both “AHS: Coven” and “AHS: Murder House,” then it couldn’t compete as a limited series. The cable network is now hoping that the Emmy switcheroo will pay off for 19 of its performers, as that’s the number of actors and actresses that have been submitted on the 2019 ballot.
Among the large ensemble are two lead performers: Cody Fern as antichrist Michael Langdon and Sarah Paulson as “Apocalypse” survivor Ms. Wilhemina Venable, “Coven” supreme witch Cordelia Foxx and “Murder House” psychic Billie Dean Howard. That’s right — Paulson is eligible this year for playing all three of those spooky roles. This “People v. O.J. Simpson” Emmy winner previously scored five bids for various versions of “American Horror Story,” while Fern is a newcomer to the franchise.
As for the sprawling supporting cast, many names stick out including those who’ve previously been nominated for the program: Frances Conroy, Adina Porter and Kathy Bates, who won for “Coven.” There’s also series stalwart Evan Peters, who like Paulson is up for playing no less than three characters: survivor Mr. Gallant, ghost Tate Langdon and scientist Jeff Pfister.
Since this season is considered a drama series, that means it’s eligible in the guest categories for the first time ever, so watch out for former “Murder House” favorites Jessica Lange, Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott. And look at that — Stevie Nicks also appears in the guest actress Emmy category for playing a witchy version of herself.
Here is the complete list of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” acting submissions on the 2019 Emmy ballot:
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Cody Fern as Michael Langdon
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Sarah Paulson as Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Cordelia Foxx, Billie Dean Howard
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Billy Eichner as Brock & Mutt Nutter
Cheyenne Jackson as John Henry Moore
Evan Peters as Mr. Gallant, Tate Langdon & Jeff Pfister
Billy Porter as Behold Chablis
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathy Bates as Ms. Miriam Mead
Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow
Leslie Grossman as Coco St. Pierre
Billie Lourd as Mallory
Adina Porter as Dinah Stevens
Emma Roberts as Madison Montgomery
BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon in “Return To Murder House”
BD Wong as Baldwin Pennypacker in “Traitor”
BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in “Return To Murder House”
Joan Collins as Evie Gallant / Bubbles McGee in “Traitor”
Naomi Grossman as Samantha Crowe in “Return To Murder House”
Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon in “Return To Murder House”
Stevie Nicks as Stevie Nicks in “Boy Wonder”
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