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New Ryan Murphy Shows Gain Cast Members

Ryan Murphy is quickly becoming one of the busiest producers in the TV business, with two shows currently on the air (although Glee is set to come to a close in 2015) and two new highly anticipated series on deck. Well, those two new shows have gained some cast members this week and for fans of Murphy’s current work, they include some familiar faces.

Murphy’s upcoming Fox dramedy Scream Queens has added to experienced scream queens to its ranks, with Jamie Lee Curtis (veteran of the classic Halloween series) and Emma Roberts (who, in addition to starring in Murphy’s American Horror Story series the last two years, also starred in Scream 4). Murphy has described the series as a horror-based comedy, which is certainly a niche not currently tapped in the television landscape.

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Murphy’s other new project, American Crime Story, has found its two leading actors for its first season story: the OJ Simpson trial. Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. will be playing OJ, while Sarah Paulson (who is one of the core members of Murphy’s American Horror Story acting troupe) will take on the leading role of prosecutor Marcia Clark. The series will focus on a different groundbreaking trial each season, and there is no anticipated premiere date for the show, which is expected to begin shooting in January of next year.

No word on whether or not these new roles will preclude Paulson and Roberts from appearing on the next season of American Horror Story, but it’s hard to believe that Murphy will let Paulson slip away from the show that has made her career if he can use her.

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