The FX series AMERICAN HORROR STORY is in full effect this season with ‘Freakshow’.

This season the circus has come to town and so has many of the original cast members for another adventure in the macabre. This year the tents have stakes in a small town lead by Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), a woman who prides herself on giving freaks a good home.

Along with the crew of Jimmy “Lobster Boy” Darling, the dual-headed Better and Dot Tattler, and Ethel “The Bearded Lady” Darling the circus isn’t welcomed by the town. Then the mysterious Desiree Dupree, played by Angela Bassett, strolls in with her man Dell Toledo, played by Michael Chiklis, this couple has a lot of secrets.

It doesn’t stop Elsa from bringing them into the group. But it is Desiree who is such an interesting character to watch. With a third breast and an uncertainty about who she is as a person, Ms. Bassett plays the role beautifully. That shouldn’t be a surprise as this actress has turned in stellar performances for quite some time.

From roles in such films as WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, MALCOLM X, WAITING TO EXHALE and HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK. In 2010 Bassett would take the role of Marie Laveau in the third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Coven. Fans were thrilled when she agreed to return to AHS: Freakshow.

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