Trivia: American Horror Story: Coven

  • All-Star Cast: While they already had Jessica Lange, this is the season where the number of Oscar winners and nominees exploded. They have two winners (Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates) and two nominees (Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibenote ). You could argue this is actually a case of Unfortunate Implications, because all four have factors working against them, that likely made them cheaper to cast. Lange and Bates are both aging actresses (which is considered poison in the youth-obsessed Hollywood), Bates and Sidibe are both not traditionally attractive (read: not thin), and Sidibe and Bassett are both African-American women (who are already typecast and marginalized enough outside of Hollywood).
    • Since the Turn of the Millennium, TV productions have become more ambitious and more sophisticated, while movie rolls have become more sparse and less character-oriented. Arguably, TV, especially cable TV, has been offering more satisfying opportunities for character actors.
  • Dawson Casting: While not dealing with teenagers, the real Marie Laveau would have been in her 30s when Madame La Laurie's crimes were discovered. She's played by Angela Bassett, who is in her 50s.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Precious is a human voodoo doll.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Delphine is Ax-Crazy and Queenie is, at best, a Knight Templar. Kathy Bates and Gabourey Sidibe gleefully fawn over each other on twitter.
  • Playing Against Type
  • What Could Have Been: There were apparently talks to give Coven a spin-off series, but Ryan Murphy ultimately decided to wrap up everything in this season. This would likely explain why there was so much word-building put in that wasn't touched, and several arcs being cut short. Notably, Ryan Murphy is now making a separate show that seems to be the Spiritual Successor to Coven, Scream Queens.
  • Episode 9 "Head" was the second time an FX series closed an episode with some version of the song "Oh Freedom". Sons of Anarchy closed their season two episode "Falx Cerebri" with a choir version of the same song.