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AHS ‘mystery’ solved … Blindspot eyes new slot … Brief re-encounter …


American Horror Story resumes tonight on FX in the US, five days ahead of its season premiere on SoHo. Reveals Variety about the unusually secretive storyline: “The theme of Season 6 is ‘My Roanoke Nightmare,’ and will likely reference the Mystery of Roanoke aka the Lost Colony, which saw 117 people disappear in 1590. It became a popular fan theory after set photos leaked on TMZ, with one showing the word ‘Croatoan,’ the name of a nearby Native tribe, carved into a tree. The premiere, simply titled Chapter 1, takes a true-crime documentary format, featuring interviews with a couple (AHS vet Lily Rabe returns!) that moves to a secluded North Carolina home to find — what else? — horror in their own home” …

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 26 trailers were released for AHS’ sixth season to try to fool fans about what was in store. Co-creator Ryan Murphy and FX put AHS on lockdown, revealing only the premiere date and leaving all other details about season six under wraps. “Everything had to be hermetically sealed,” Stephanie Gibbons, head of marketing, told THR. There was no sign of Lady Gaga in the premiere but returning were Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Cheyenne Jackson …

Blindspot fans can look forward to an “accelerated” second season. It starts streaming tonight on TVNZ OnDemand, picking up three months from where last season’s finale left off and revealing Jane Doe’s real name, and who her brother and foster mother are. Creator and showrunner Martin Gero told The Hollywood Reporter he plans each season as two mini-seasons: “The pace of storytelling has accelerated because most shows people are watching now are cable shows or streaming shows. The volume of these six-, 10-, 13-episode shows are everywhere. We don’t want to be seen as a show going at a slower pace than that” …

In the US, NBC is taking a big risk with its scheduling of Blindspot, shifting it from post-The Voice to a more vulnerable slot, a strategy that MediaLife magazine said “bombed” with Revolution. “It seems odd that NBC would try the exact same strategy just three years after it failed so badly. It’s especially strange since Blindspot’s ratings tailed off a great deal during the second half of last season, which doesn’t inspire confidence for moving it away from its strong lead-in” …

TV One will repeat the season finale of Brief Encounters on Saturday at 10.50, pre-empting the re-run of Indian Summers and pushing back Blood and Oil to 11.50. A publicist says it’s “due to the change in time for the Brief Encounters finale last night running later than originally advertised” — which would have meant those who set their MySky or Freeview recorders would have have missed out on the ending because the EPGs didn’t update to reflect the later start due to the MasterChef Australia premiere going long …

Presidential wannabe Donald Trump will guest on Friday’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (Prime, 11.30). Lined up next week are Miley Cyrus (10.30 Monday), Hillary Clinton, Terry Crews and Ariana Grande (10.35 Tuesday), and  Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Vergara and MØ (11.30 Wednesday) …

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