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'American Horror Story' (FX)
Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10 p.m. ET
Given the sugarcoated omnipresence of "Glee" and the comedy's equally unavoidable marketing offshoots, it's easy to forget that co-creator Ryan Murphy is the same man who gave TV the absolutely twisted "Nip/Tuck." Well, he remains one dark dude, and he and "Glee" co-creator Brad Falchuk promise to go into even more bizarre territory with "American Horror Story." A "psychosexual thriller" about a family falling under the influence of a haunted house, it's one of the biggest gambles of the season. But with a dream lead in "Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton and supporting players like Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy and Denis O'Hare, it's one we're willing to bet on.
--Mikey O'Connell, Zap2it