First Teaser For AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVENOne of TV's most-nominated dramas in both of its inaugural seasons at the Emmys and Golden Globes, FX's hit horror anthology series American Horror Story returns for its third season this October with a batch of wicked witch-themed new episodes under the subtitle COVEN and the first teaser trailer for S3 has arrived at long last.

A small white cat. An eerie, evocative "House Of The Rising Sun". Seven women levitating.

Oh, yeah - and someone stuck in the chimney.

That's the sights and sounds - and scares - on display in "Detention," as the first teaser trailer released for the new season is titled.

Also, the first episode of S3 is rumored to be titled "B*tchcraft". Witchin'!

According to recently revealed details, the third season will reportedly center on a modern-day coven as well as cover a number of historically-related cases of witchcraft and wizardry over the course of the largely New Orleans-set season, featuring a formidable assortment of fiercely talented leading ladies of stage and screen all the while.

Indeed, the third season of the series showcases a particularly spectacular collection of Broadway/Hollywood stars, making it a must-see for purveyors of fine female - and perhaps a few feline - performances.

Yes, even Patti LuPone as a purportedly Michelle Bachmann-esque right-wing Republican real-world witch!

Of course, LuPone previously appeared as a special guest on the Season Two finale of Murphy's hit FOX musical dramedy series GLEE. In discussing the social impact of Ryan Murphy's projects in my recent career-spanning conversation with Ms. LuPone, she revealed that she was a fan of his (just-cancelled) series The New Normal and went so far as to compare it to the edgy work of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, which was a predominate topic of our chat: "You know, I think Ryan is really political on THE NEW NORMAL. I don't know if he is as political on Glee and if he is political on AMERICAN HORROR STORY. I think that, probably, The New Normal is his most political show - now, I am talking about in the sense of the anger and frustration that is out there and holding a mirror to the hypocrisy of society, which I think he does brilliantly. And, don't you think that is Brecht & Weill?"

Check out my entire extensive recent InDepth InterView with Patti LuPone here.

Also, check out my InDepth InterViews with previous American Horror Story stars Connie Britton, available here, and Lily Rabe, available here.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Denis O'Hare, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN premieres on October 9.

View the terrifying new teaser trailer for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN below.


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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro contributes exclusive scholarly columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Theatrical Throwback Thursdays, Flash Friday and Flash Special as well as additional special features, world premiere clips and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more. He also wrote and directed two sold-out 2014 BroadwayWorld charity concert events featuring all-star casts, EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE and THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM.