In case you were wondering who an excellent counterpoint to Jessica Lange is, you can sleep easy knowing that person is Ian McShane. McShane, who's best known for his work as the foul-mouthed and heartless Al Swearengen on HBO's defunct Deadwood, will undoubtedly bring some brooding gravitas to Ryan Murphy's Halloween-y soap opera.

While American Horror Story isn't a favorite show of this site, the hope, however unlikely, that McShane will call matron Jessica Lange a "cocksucker," while indignantly tossing back whiskey, then storming out of the room is enough to make us mildly excited about this news.

But mostly it reminds us that we miss Al Swearengen.

He was like a father to us.