‘American Horror Story’ season 3: Whose schedule just became a little packed?

American Horror StoryWe recently ran an article about some of the actors from the first two seasons of “American Horror Story” that would be well-suited to make another appearance on the FX series; and while Dylan McDermott was not a part of it, he was someone who we certainly imaged as a good candidate to come back after playing integral roles for both of the show’s first two seasons (including as the son of Bloody Face during the “Asylum” season). Thus far, McDermott has yet to survive a season of the Ryan Murphy drama.

While we can’t rule anything out about his potential return, the actor’s schedule did just become that much busier. McDermott has been tapped to star in the CBS pilot “Hostages,” which focuses on a woman (Toni Collette) who finds herself wrapped in a government conspiracy after having to operate on the President of the United States. McDermott is currently slated to play an FBI agent on the show, and one who tries to do anything he can for the sake of the greater good.

As of right now, this pilot is simply in the planning stages over at CBS, and there is a shot that it will not be picked up and McDermott’s schedule will be open for anything and everything. At the moment, some of the network’s other prime pilots include a revival of “Beverly Hills” cop, a spin-off to “NCIS: Los Angeles” that will air as a backdoor pilot later this spring, and a series featuring the first permanent gig for Josh Holloway since his time on “Lost.” There are other drama series outside of these four, and you have to remember that CBS only greenlit four dramas total this past year. Of the three that have aired (with “Golden Boy” still an unknown), “Elementary” is the only show we see returning for another year.

Even if McDermott’s series is picked up, we could still see Murphy finding a one-episode guest arc for him; given the shooting schedules coming up later this year, however, we don’t expect to see the showrunner and his team creating a lengthy role for Dylan knowing that he may have a commitment elsewhere.

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