Michael Chiklis has been added to the cast line-up of "American Horror Story: Freak Show". The actor made a surprise appearance at PaleyFest on Friday, March 28 where series creator Ryan Murphy announced his casting.
Murphy said Chiklis, who portrayed the Thing in the 2000s' "Fantastic Four" film series, "is playing Evan [Peter's] father and he will be Kathy Bates' ex-husband." The writer didn't share more details of the character, but the 50-year-old actor gushed that he's "terrified" when Murphy pitched the piece to him.
In addition to Peters and Bates, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy have been confirmed to return to the fourth installment of the anthology series. Lange will play a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S., while the others will be seen as performers whom Lange's character has rescued.
The group of "unusuals" will do anything to keep their business around. Denis O'Hare and Emma Roberts are said in talks to return, with Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer expected to return in "some capacity."
Murphy went on teasing, "The thing we're working on now is the opposite of what we did last year. It's so incredibly refreshing to reboot it every year." The new installment will likely premiere in October on FX. It will be filmed in New Orleans but set in Florida in 1950.
Chiklis is best known as Commissioner Tony Scali on ABC's police drama "The Commish" and as LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on FX's police drama "The Shield". He had a role on ABC drama comedy "No Ordinary Family" and was last seen on TV on "Vegas", where he played one of the main characters, Vincent Savino, opposite Dennis Quaid.