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Ryan Murphy setting a series in a mental institution with Sarah Paulson as the leading character seems like it’s been done before (cough, American Horror Story’s second season, subtitled Asylum). But the new series from the Glee and American Horror Story creator is actually a prequel to Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest, following the origin of the controlling Nurse Ratched.

The 1975 film follows a convict (played by Jack Nicholson) who transfers to a mental institution to avoid hard labor. He’s hoping for an easy time, but quickly finds that the hospital is controlled by authoritative Nurse Ratched, who uses her position of power to intimidate all her charges. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest became the second movie ever to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director and Screenplay).

The Netflix series stars Sarah Paulson — one of Murphy’s frequent collaborators — as Nurse Ratched, diving into her past and telling the story of how she transformed from nurse to full-fledged monster. From this trailer, we see that Paulson is just as stony-faced and controlling as the villain she’ll become, fulfilling her legacy as a star in a Ryan Murphy production to a T.

Ratched is set to premiere on Sept. 18.

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Tamar Braxton calls WeTV disguising for details in Braxton Family Values trailer

Although the latest season of WeTV‘s hit reality series Braxton Family Values will not include much of Tamar Braxton, the singer’s presence was still felt heavily in the trailer for the new season.

In the teaser, Braxton’s mother and sisters comment on her hospitalization this past summer from a suicide attempt, and she is not happy about it.

The trailer shows Braxton’s oldest sister, multi-Grammy winner Toni Braxton, receiving the news of her suicide attempt over the phone while doing vocals in a recording studio.

“Twenty-twenty has been a year like never before for me and my family,” Toni Braxton said in a clip, likening the news to “a bad dream.”

In her Instagram post, Tamar Braxton addressed how mental wellness challenges have been a part of her life for many years. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tamar’s mother, Evelyn Braxton, said in the trailer that it was Toni that called her with the news. Sister Towanda Braxton said she was “stunned and really numb” after getting the news.

READ MORE: Tamar Braxton says she’s ready to ‘pour some pain’ into her music following suicide attempt

Sister Traci Braxton said, “there was no way to prepare for this.”

After the trailer posted on Wednesday, Tamar took to her Instagram page to respond, posting the following message, according to E Online.

“After waking up to that disgusting trailer…F–K @wetv and whomever else participating for using my pain for their pleasure and ratings,” Tamar wrote. “At some point this abuse HAS to STOP‼ and P.S. IM NOT FILMING FOR THIS SEASON! THEY ARE DOING THIS WHILE IM NOT ON THE SHOW‼ #SCUMBAGS**T.”

READ MORE: Toni Braxton slams sister Tamar’s ex David Adefeso: ‘You weasel’

As previously reported by theGrio, Tamar had been unhappy with her relationship with WeTV and asked to be removed from her contract, which the company obliged. She had written them an email stating her displeasure with how she and her family was being portrayed on Braxton Family Values, particularly in reference to getting her to speak on camera about past abuse.

Tamar told the network that they took advantage of her and that the last straw occurred “the day you dug up a secret I’d never shared with anyone, a secret I was so ashamed to talk about that I hid it even from my own mom: the fact that I had been assaulted and raped repeatedly from age 6 to age 16, sometimes multiple times a day.”

She went on to write, “You broke me that day and I considered ending my own life then for the shame I felt!”

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