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Kathy Bates, Ryan Murphy and Jessica Lange at the PaleyFest "American Horror Story: Asylum" panel.
"American Horror Story: Coven" is the official title for the third season of the FX supernatural drama, co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed at PaleyFest Friday night.
The "Glee" and "New Normal" über-producer also welcomed new cast member Kathy Bates, who received a standing ovation from the audience when she joined fellow Oscar winner Jessica Lange and other members of the "AHS" repertory onstage midway through the panel.
Murphy also revealed that "Coven" will be filmed in New Orleans, among other "cool" spots. "The fun thing is researching what are the really haunted places in America, and we have a couple doozy locales," he teased.
Lange -- who won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a SAG Award for her role as Constance, the Murder House's sadistic Southern neighbor in the original season of "AHS" -- will play a "glamour cat" in the bewitching new season.
"I don't know what a glamour cat is," Lange purred, "but I am excited."
Murphy teased some epic catfights -- glamorous or otherwise -- between Lange and Bates.
"I wanted to see a lot of scenes with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates going at it, so that's what you're gonna see," promised Murphy.
As for Bates' role, Murphy said, "I pitched her this cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs character" and advised the actress -- an "AHS" fan who had already been campaigning for a part through Lange -- to think about it for a few weeks. "My phone rang an hour later!"
Also receiving callbacks were "AHS" vets Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and Taissa Farmiga, who have all signed on for season 3.
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