TV News: Hotel, Bastard, Ghost, Ferrell, Hero

American Horror Story: Hotel
Show runner Ryan Murphy revealed at Comic Con this weekend that many of the people who played good guys last years are set to be villains in the upcoming fifth season. These include Kathy Bates (as Iris), Angela Bassett (Ramona), Sarah Paulson (Hypodermic Sally), Evan Peters (Mr. March) and Matt Bomer (Donovan).

Murphy says: “Actually everybody on this side of the table are bad boys and girls this year. The fun thing about the show is I always want to write the opposite of the season before.” He also says Lady Gaga’s character will be a baddie, and there will be zero musical numbers this season. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Bastard Executioner
“Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter’s medieval drama “The Bastard Executioner” debuted its first look trailer at Comic-Con on Sunday ahead of its airing with last night’s “The Strain” second season premiere.

The new series stars Lee Jones as a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. The violence soon finds him again, and so begins his bloodiest fight. The ten-episode first season premieres in September.

Harry Price: Ghost Hunter
“Midsomer Murder” creators Bentley Productions are set to produce the telemovie “Harry Price: Ghost Hunter” for ITV. Jack Lothian (“Ashes to Ashes,” “Death in Paradise”) penned the work based on the novel by Neil Spring.

Set in 1920s London, the stand-alone story is based on real-life ghost hunter and skeptic Harry Price who investigated tales of the paranormal and supernatural. Filming takes place in London in September and October. [Source: Variety]

Ferrell Takes the Field
HBO has posted the trailer for “Ferrell Takes the Field,” another HBO mockmentary special along the recent lines of tennis spoof “7 Days in Hell”. This one deals with Will Ferrell as himself playing Major League Baseball for ten teams, taking all ten positions, in a single day as part of a cancer fundraising effort.

Show Me a Hero
HBO has premiered the trailer for its six-part mini-series “Show Me a Hero” starring Oscar Isaac and from “The Wire” creator David Simon and director Paul Haggis (“Crash”). The first episode is slated to premiere August 16th.

Based on the Lisa Belkin book, this centers around race and community issues in Yonkers, New York when a young mayor (Isaac) is ordered to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart.