WASHINGTON, January 8, 2014–After a short holiday break “American Horror Story: Coven” returns tonight for its final four episodes of the season. If Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are not reason enough to tune into the third season of this critically acclaimed series, maybe tonight’s guest star Stevie Nicks will lure in those reluctant viewers who resist trying something new.
Best known for her formidable career with Fleetwood Mac, Nicks has long been associated with the Wiccan community, a fact that she never confirmed but learned to appreciate over the years. Special guest stars appearing as themselves are often brought in to goose the Nielsens of flagging TV series with predictably hokey and unbelievable results.
But in the case of this episode of “Coven,” the Nicks-Wiccan connection makes her insertion organic to the plot and characters. What could be more appropriate, since one of the witches on “American Horror Story: Coven is actually an obsessive fan of all things Stevie Nicks?
In tonight’s episode, Fiona grants the Nicks-loving character Misty Day her fondest wish. She delivers Nicks as a gift to Misty in order to prove to her that if she exhibits more power she’ll get that and more. Of course, the gift of Stevie is a ruse by Fiona to trick the Supreme into revealing herself because she needs to stay alive. As long as Nicks is involved, we can forgive the otherwise evil Fiona’s machinations for the moment.
Not only will Nicks play herself. She will also sing two of our favorite Stevie Nicks songs, “Rihannon” and “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You.” With three of Hollywood’s divas already delighting fans of the show, adding Stevie Nicks to the witches’ brew makes this season of “AHS” the real gift that keeps on giving.
Although Nicks had expressed an interest in appearing on the show to its co-creator Ryan Murphy, the touring schedule of Fleetwood had made this impossible. But when the tour was cancelled to accommodate fellow band member John McVie’s need to undergo cancer treatment, Nicks let Murphy know she would be available for the extensive cameo appearance that viewers will see tonight.
We feel bad about McVie and wish him well. But we do admit that we relish the opportunity to see Stevie Nicks still going strong at 65 years of age, a time of life when the parents of Boomers like Stevie were accustomed to picking out their funeral plots while looking out their front windows for signs of the Grim Reaper.
Nicks, for sure, won’t go quietly or anytime soon. Add in one of her trademark shawl twirls, and the stage is set tonight for one of the best episodes of this already delightful and spooky third season of “American Horror Story: Coven.”
“American Horror Story: Coven” airs tonight at 10 p.m. on FX.
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