JESSICA LANGE, 62: The two-time Academy Award-winning actress steps into her first regular series role, so Lange's casting as Constance, the nosy neighbor in American Horror Story, has drawn even more attention to the gothic ghost story. Lange has already done great work on TV, of course, winning an Emmy for Grey Gardens. Expect executive producer Ryan Murphy to showcase her talents as well as those of the marvelous Frances Conroy, who has a supporting role.
MADELEINE STOWE, 53: Stowe looks wickedly beautiful as the primary villainess in ABC's Revenge, a modern-day, gender reversing Count of Monte Cristo sort of stylish prime time soap set in the Hamptons among the wealthiest of the wealthy. Now living in L.A. after years on the Texas cattle ranch she and husband Brian Benben used to own, Stowe has revved up her Hollywood career. She's also written a big Western, Unbound Captives, that she expects to direct next year starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson.