American Horror Story: Asylum
Friday, 8.30pm, FX If you are expecting to catch up with the tortured characters of the first American Horror Story series, Murder House, forget it. The creators are done with the Harmon family and their neighbours. Particularly fabulous in a seriously creepy way was the Harmons’s neighbour Constance, played with relish by Jessica Lange in her first recurring TV role. But although those characters are gone forever, some of the actors, notably Lange as Sister Jude (Judy Martin) and Zachary Quinto (still killing them as Spock in the reboot of the Star Trek film franchise), return in this series playing totally different people. Except for the jolts and truly ghastly horror moments, the directorial style and the overall gothic tone, this is almost an entirely different show. Like the first series, Asylum is set in both the present and the past, specifically 1964. By way of introduction to Briarcliff, the asylum of the title, we meet newlyweds Teresa (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Leo (Adam Levine), who share an erotic fascination with old institutions. They are attacked and pursued through the asylum by a character called Bloodyface, and so we must go back to 1964 to find out how all of this was set up.