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The third season of the FX anthology hit American Horror Story will be about witches and be titled American Horror Story: Coven. The revelation came tonight during a panel in Beverly Hills that closed out the PaleyFest 2013 festival. Of the forthcoming season, co-creator and exec producer Ryan Murphy said, “It’s a really cool story we’ve been talking about for a couple of years, and this seemed the year to do it.” He also disclosed that AHS will be shooting in multiple locations for Season 3 when it resumes production this summer, including New Orleans, after having been anchored to the soundstage during its first two seasons. “We have another couple of doozy locales planned,” Murphy said of scouting out haunted places in which to film for Season 3. He also hinted he may be getting over his aversion to producing a vampire show, and that along those lines he’s had preliminary conversations with FX Networks chief John Landgraf about “a companion piece” to American Horror Story that could conceivably be vampire-based. “It would be really cool to do a couple of different incarnations of the (American Horror Story) idea,” Murphy added, “but I can’t talk too much about it.” The show’s second season, American Horror Story: Asylum, was a formidable demo force in the Wednesday 10 PM time period for FX. It wrapped on January 23. (more…)