Frances Conroy Leads The ‘Beautiful People’ At NBC

The "American Horror Story" actress signs on to play the lead in the upcoming sci-fi pilot.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After the previously announced "American Horror Story" change up for its second season, we now know that at least one of the stars won't be returning to the show.

According to Deadline, Frances Conroy has joined the cast of NBC's "Beautiful People," a high concept drama that takes place in the near future as humanity lives side-by-side with nearly perfect humanoid androids called Mechanicals; which are treated like second class citizens by the humans.

Conroy will play the extremely rich and powerful Lydia, the widow of the man who founded the company that creates the Mechanicals. Earlier in the week, James Murray ("CHAOS") was cast as Lydia's son, a highly successful lawyer attempting to speak out on behalf of giving the Mechanicals civil rights. Patrick Heusinger will also portray a Mechanical servant working for Lydia who becomes distraught at the death of one of his daughters.  

During the recently concluded first season of "American Horror Story," Conroy recurred as the Harmon family's maid, Moira, a role she shared with Alexandra Breckenridge. However, Conroy may be best known for playing Ruth on "Six Feet Under," in addition to her roles in "The Aviator," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "The Crucible," "Billy Bathgate" and "Sleepless in Seattle."

Conroy has also appeared on numerous TV series, including "Desperate Housewives," "Nip/Tuck," "Grey's Anatomy," "United States of Tara" and "Happy Town."

"Beautiful People" was written and created by Michael McDonald; with Stephen Hopkins ("24") set to direct the pilot episode. The project is currently one NBC's most talked about projects, but as seen in "Wonder Woman" and "17th Precinct" during the last pilot season, the most buzz doesn't necessarily translate into a pickup.


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