Credit: Adam Rose/FOX ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co via TVGuide Photo: Finn Peers Through the Camera as Brad in Season 2, Episode 5: "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"

If it were up to us, every hour on every network would just be filled by a new episode of Glee. However, since that’s just a tad unrealistic, we have the next best thing: American Horror Story, a new show from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. In fact, while you may assume that a spooky thriller like that would have little in common with our beloved TV musical, you’d be surprised. Here are 5 reasons why all you Gleeks out there will love AHS, too.

5. Both shows feature rocky relationships

Credit: FOX © Fox Broadcasting Co.; FX © Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Will and Terri Schuester vs. Ben and Vivien of American Horror Story

As TV marriages go, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Will (Matthew Morrison) were never as stable as, say, Lucy and Ricky. But now the marriage of AHS’ Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien (Connie Britton) proves to make theirs seem like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, with Ben moving his family to a new home after his recent affair. Perhaps Emma Pillsbury needs to sit down with Ben and Vivien for some counseling? (C’mon — it’s never too soon to start thinking crossover, right?)

4. There will be music (sort of)

Credit: Adam Rose/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Lea Michele Sings With Purple Pianos in Glee Season 3, Episode 1: “The Purple Piano Project”

Among the little we do know about the show is that FX has released ten clues in the form of cryptic YouTube clips, one of which is entitled “Red Cello.” (Choice titles for some of the other clips include “Coffin,” “Fire,” and something called “Rubber Bump,” whatever that means.)

So does this mean we’ll get  some musical performances from time to time? Probably not. But what we can be sure of is a killer soundtrack to accompany all the killer drama. Everyone knows music accounts for at least 50% (more or less) of the creep-factor. The Twilight Zone is nothing without the “doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo...

3. It is the exact opposite of Glee

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You know how sometimes Rachel's whining can get annoying? Sue's tantrums can feel tired? New Direction’s song selections can seem flat? Sometimes a little break — even from the ones you love — can be healthy. So spice things up with something completely different from the usual antics in Lima, Ohio. A smattering of gloom and gore might even make you appreciate the lighthearted drama on Glee a little bit more.

2. Sue Sylvester 2.0?

Credit: Danielle Levitt/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester in Glee Season 3

We all know Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester is one of a kind, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fall for another sharp-tongued, troubled character with a veiled past. A recent interview with Jessica Lange describes her AHS character, Constance, as someone who “isn’t afraid to make an off-color remark.” Sound familiar? Given how off-color (to say the least) Ryan Murphy and co. have made Sue on a network channel, we can only imagine how many advocacy group-infuriating lines will fly on this cable show. Hold on to your seats!

1. Lots of surprises... and skin!

Above all of else, this show promises to be pretty freakin’ sexy. So if Glee’s wild hookups get your motor running, then AHS may really leave you in need of an ice-cold shower. Sure, ladies love Schue, but his sweater vests don’t hold a candle to Dylan McDermott’s astronomical smolder-factor (proof: picture above).

Tune in for American Horror Story tomorrow night, October 5, on FX!

 

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