Kathy Bates has joined the cast of the third season of FX's "American Horror Story," TV Line reports. She joins the returning Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters (all of whom will be playing new roles).
Bates, well known to genre fans for her performance in Misery, will play an old friend to Lange's character who is soon revealed to actually be a nemesis.
Season three is again planned to run for 13 episodes with production slated to begin this summer and the season premiering this fall.
Co-Creators/Executive Producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have not announced the new title or story for the next incarnation of the "American Horror Story" franchise, but check back for details as soon as they become available.