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PODCAST: How ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘The Returned’ Define The State of Modern TV Horror

PODCAST: How 'American Horror Story' and 'The Returned' Define The State of Modern TV Horror

Every year, Halloween starts a little bit earlier. Sure, for most consumers, that statement is more easily applicable to Christmas. But in terms of horror movies and TV shows, we’re starting to see more and more entries pop up before on the eve of hallow’s month. “Scream Queens” kicked things off more nearly 40 days ahead of Halloween, though one could argue shows like “The Strain” and “Penny Dreadful” airing well in advance of October makes the horror genre a year-long engagement on TV. Yet as we approach our annual day to celebrate all things scary, there are a surprising number of premieres trying to take advantage of audiences eager for spooky entertainment: 

“Scream Queens” – Already premiered
“iZombie” – October 6
American Horror Story: Hotel” – October 7
“The Walking Dead” – October 11
“Hemlock Grove” – October 23
“Grimm” – October 30
The Returned” – October 31
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” – October 31

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And that’s without counting shows like “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries” — which aren’t exactly “horror” shows, despite featuring some classic elements of the genre — or series like “Fargo” and “The Leftovers,” which feature their fair share of frightening moments. For more on how the latter two examples might be considered horror shows, let Indiewire’s TV Team explain on this week’s episode of Very Good TV Podcast.

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– Guys, “Fargo” is back tonight. Get ready with Liz’s oral history from the cast, including Ted Danson and Kirsten Dunst.

– Liz also spoke to Joshua Jackson about last night’s focus-shifted episode of “The Affair.” 

“The X-Files” premiered in the U.S. on Saturday, and Ben was there to review it.

– Ben would also like to reemphasize how good “Red Oaks” is, so here’s his A-grade review.

– “Screen Talk” co-host and Indiewire Deputy Editor Eric Kohn moderated a panel with “The Americans” co-creator Joe Weisberg, so don’t miss out on some insight into one of TV’s best shows.

– Did we mention “Fargo” is back? Liz’s review.

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