Niecy Nash-Betts attends the 15th Annual AAFCA Awards at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 21, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California Source: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

'Monster' Star Niecy Nash-Betts Back for Out Producer Ryan Murphy's New Horror Show

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

Prolific out producer Ryan Murphy has signed Emmy-winning "Monster" co-star Niecy Nash-Betts for his latest horror show, a series that tackles America's current mood.

The first word about the new show – and its title,"Grotesquerie" – was unveiled in a teaser posted to Instagram, Vanity Fair reported.

"Nash-Betts, who took an outstanding supporting actress Emmy home last month for her work in Murphy's 'Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,' will be joined by another Murphy favorite: Courtney B. Vance, who also won an Emmy for his turn with the prolific creator (he played Johnny Cochran in 'The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story')," the writeup noted.

Also, Vanity Fair went on to add, "British actress Lesley Manville (Princess Margaret in 'The Crown') rounds out the cast."

There are no details yet about the show's plot or additional casting, but the show is going to be on FX in the autumn (just in time, whether by chance or in purpose, for the election). The teaser – which consists of a voiceover playing against a black background – indicates that it's a procedural of some sort.

Nash-Betts, sounding like her voice has been captured on a recording or is coming across a phone connection, narrates that "it's different now," and goes on to add: "There's been a shift, like something's opening up in the world... a kind of hole that descends into a nothingness."

The narration goes on to say, "It's not getting better... something's happening around us, and nobody sees but me."

Nash's character, who seems to be in law enforcement, isn't simply picking up on a general vibe. She specifies that she's seen something horrible at a "crime scene," something so shocking that "they sent shrinks for everyone who worked" on the case.

Murphy declined to tell Vanity Fair anything more about the upcoming series, but the publication said that over at Netflix, Murphy has a followup in the works for "Monster," a series titled "Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story" that features some big-name star power. Javier Bardem and Chloë Sevigny (the latter of whom starred in Murphy's "Feud: Capote v. The Swans") lead the cast, along with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and Cooper Koch as Lyle and Erik.

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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