Killer Casting: Should Connie Britton Return To ‘American Horror Story’?

Cue spooky scratching sounds and ‘starring Sarah Paulson’, there is certainly a buzz around Ryan murphy’s horror anthology series, ahead of its sixth season later this year. Cast members of old and new are set to return, Lady Gaga is back for more Emmy Awards and could Bradley Cooper be joining? One question on everyone’s lips though is “where is Connie Britton?” The fiery red-head played matriarch Vivien Harmon on the first series, Murder House, but there has been no sign of the AHS alumni on the show since.

There are relatively few of the (ever growing) cast that only stay for a single season, and it wasn’t like the actress or show parted on bad terms. Britton’s partner in Murder House was the tormented Dr. Ben Harmon, and despite Dylan McDermott saying he was done with the show, he later returned as Bloody Face Jr. in the climax of Season 2. Britton has always expressed an interest to return, so let’s strike whilst the iron is hot.

Why should Connie Britton return though? Well, country music sing-along Nashville has just been cancelled after four seasons, so the actress has some free time on her hands. In the televisual cull this year, Britton’s role as Rayna Jaymes bit the dust and her IMDb lists no upcoming projects. Before Horror Story, she was known for Friday Night Lights, Spin City and 24, as well as recently starring in the superb The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. I will admit that before Murder House, I was unfamiliar with Connie Britton, but if she did return for the sixth season, it would be one hell of a casting score. Sure, we all love the new additions (Gaga, duh!), but there is something satisfying when Murphy gets to snag one of the old gang back for another time. She could even bring Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere along too.

Also she has said she wants to do it! Last year the actress appeared on at a Television Academy panel for the women of American Horror Story, where she was asked if she would like to return:

Of course I would…I would love to come back, but scheduling is tricky.

She certainly seemed to enjoy her time on the show:

The thing that [co-creator Ryan Murphy] said to me was, ‘You can take my word for it that you will not be doing anything that you’ve been doing for the last five years on this show’. And that appealed to me a lot.

Rewatching the first seasons of the show, there is a raw essence to it. Not that I don’t love watching the evolution of Evan Peters’s characters each season, but for me his role as the disturbed Tate Langdon is his best. Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears as the squabbling gays, Christine Estabrook returning to her Martha Huber days as the nosey realtor and Jessica Lange’s AHS debut. Then we have Britton herself, the fearsome, but tender lead of the Harmon family. For twelve episodes she held the family together, arguably as the lead actress. Bear in mind this was a time before Jessica Lange ruled the AHS roost. Britton must have done something right, because playing Vivien Harmon won her an Emmy nomination, so why not give it a go again?

To be honest, I think she should just return for the amount of memeable faces she pulls. Seriously though, putting all our cards on the table, it is highly likely that this will be the year for Connie to return. The scheduling problems she referred to last year were dependent on Nashville‘s renewal, so let’s get out the buckets of fake blood, we are flying the flag for Britton.