As wildly uneven as his creations may be, Ryan Murphy's television work is always provocative. Whether it's the musical phenomenon Glee or the twisted tales he spun on Nip/Tuck (or even the progressive -- though overly preachy -- The New Normal), all of Murphy's TV projects have managed to spur some conversation. American Horror Story, which returns tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX, is no exception.
In addition to serving up some serious scares in its haunted house-themed first season, the show leverages an interesting anthology format, enabling big-name actors (including Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Zachary Quinto) to commit to self-contained seasons. Sure, last season's Asylum ran a bit off the rails with the aliens and the heavy-handed commentary on the church, but when the show was firing on all cylinders (like when Sarah Paulson's Lana took center stage) it was the most thrilling hour on television.
The third iteration, titled American Horror Story: Coven, debuts tonight, and it's poised to be the most exciting yet.
Find out why, AFTER THE JUMP …