Fox Orders Ryan Murphy-Produced Comedy-Horror Series Scream Queens

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Fox is staying in business with Glee boss Ryan Murphy, placing a 15-episode order for a “genre-bending comedy-horror anthology series” titled Scream Queens, TVLine has confirmed.

Similar to Murphy’s American Horror Story, Scream Queens — which is slated to bow next fall — will feature a new setting and storyline each season. The first installment will revolve around a college campus rocked by a series of murders.

Ryan will exec-produce Scream Queens with his longtime collaborators Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto.

“I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens,” said Murphy in a statement. “We hope to create a whole new genre – comedy-horror – and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We’ve already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles, and we’re very grateful to Dana and Gary for their enthusiastic support.”

The Scream Queen pickup comes as Glee is heading into its sixth and final season.

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59 Comments
  1. João says:

    Well, it sounds…curious. Must watch to judge lol

    • Kevin says:

      I think this is pretty much a spinoff of AHS coven in terms of its comedic tone. Hopefully this means AHS itself will remain more creepy and seroius.

      • That’s a good joke ironically as Coven was the best of AHS although asylum was quite intriguing. Adding humor to Horror has been done many times before Coven. Without going back to Staney Kubrick’s The Shining the first untitled season of American Horror Story had funny moments. Marci the realater was not exactly a scary ghost.

        • Marco says:

          Lol no. Coven was the single worst season AHS ever produced. Sexist, racist, with meandering plotlines that went absolutely no-Fing-where… it’s not even so bad it’s good. It’s just BAD.

  2. Marco says:

    Gee, female leads in a slasher series, how original… I thought that the ‘Queens’ wasn’t literal. Also, his leading ladies pretty much blow (evidence: the cast of female sterotypes in AHS Coven).

    • Joanna says:

      Disagree. I loved Coven’s cast — they just really dropped the ball in the latter part of the season. It could have been so much more interesting.

      • Marco says:

        The ball was dropped from the start.

        • alistaircrane says:

          No. Coven started out pretty strong and fell apart towards the end….just like Asylum.

          • Reality says:

            They started out well and then fell apart at the end of the first episode when Zoe raped/killed a guy in a coma.

          • Marco says:

            Um, Asylum didn’t fall apart. The ending is a tad on the whelming side, but far from the monstrous falling apart Coven had.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Yes Marco, Asylum fell apart. They didn’t even explain the aliens. And the ending for Jude was awful. She becomes good? Ugh. Don’t get me started, don’t even get me started!

          • alistaircrane says:

            Reality, that was one of the best parts of the first episode.

          • Kevin says:

            um jude’s redemption was my favourite storyline along with lana’s, just because what you wanted didn’t happen, shouldn’t prevent you from appreciating how heartbreaking jude’s story was. As for coven, i reckon it started out pretty damn strong.

          • Reality says:

            alistaircrane, Sorry, but it was what soured Coven for me because I want to root for the good guys and until that point, it seemed like Zoe was going to be the moral compass of the group. Turns out she’s one of the worst ones and they were all unlikable, murderous lunatics.

    • Ya your not kidding. Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates? PLEASE! Could at least get academy award leading ladies. Coven was the worst. Your a genious Marco!

      • Marco says:

        Cast also refers to characters, which I was referring to, in case your tiny little brain didn’t understand.

        Oh, but you think Coven was the best season. You clearly have no brain. Or taste.

  3. AJ says:

    Comedy horror is not a new genre.

  4. K says:

    Sounds like the show ABC Family had in mind with Jamie Lee Curtis. Speaking of which, Curtis would be great as the lead! Maybe with Neve Campbell? – playing Headmaster and teacher at the school?

  5. Jake says:

    Is the JLC show with the same name dead then?

  6. Murphy must have built a lot of business clout if 20th Century keeps throwing money at this guy, in spite of the overall quality of his work.

    • anna says:

      even if you feel that his work has no quality (I disagree though, I think there is quality but then he gets into a different project and the quality falters… popular had its good things, nip/tuck and glee were undeniably groundbreaking and very well done, ahs even in its 4th year now got incredible ratings, and there aren’t many bad things that can be said against the normal heart), his work continues to bring ratings and critical praise, coven and the normal heart had 34 emmy nominations in total this year. of course the network is going to want him there.

      • I said overall quality. That means that in spite of the first couple seasons of Nip/Tuck, The Normal Heart and the least annoying episodes of Glee and The New Normal, everything else is terrible. And funny how you went to ratings while trying to praise “American” “Horror” “Story” instead of, you know, anything that makes that show worth watching. He’s the Tim Tebow of showrunners.

  7. Jermey says:

    Comedy horror is a new genre? I think Wess Craven will beg to differ.

  8. dcl33 says:

    Yeah not gonna watch that. I actually promised myself not to watch anything that he creates. The bitter taste of stuff he produced that goes to sh*t the moment he loses interest with is still present. So why get invested into watching something that turns to crap mid season 1. Not to mention he treats people who watches his stuff like sh*t. ASH looks like perfect thing for his ADD. Should stick with it while people still watch it.

  9. alistaircrane says:

    Sounds like the plot of Scream 2 lol
    Cast Taissa Farmiga PLEASE!!!!

    • Joey says:

      …She is quite possibly the worst actress he’s ever worked with, and that’s saying something considering I’ve seen Glee.

      • dude says:

        Agree, she’s awful. She makes Emma Roberts look like Jessica Lange.

      • Reality says:

        It’s amazing she’s related to Vera Farmiga. Now that’s real talent.

        • Joey says:

          The difference in the quality of their acting is amazing. Needless to say, I’m always shocked after seeing both of them in anything, but good shocked after watching Vera….not so much after watching Taissa.

      • alistaircrane says:

        No way. Taissa’s great! I always love her characters. She was wasted in Coven, though.

        • Joey says:

          She proved in Coven that she can only play one type of character. You can barely tell Zoe Benson apart from Violet Harmon.

          • Kevin says:

            zoe was so different from violet, violet was cynical and rebellious, zoe was naive and plain doe-eyed stupid; they may have the same look (in terms of hair etc) but their personality was pretty different

          • Reality says:

            Kevin, the character personalities are separate from the way the actor carries out their performance. Yes, Violet and Zoe were different on a few things, but Taissa played them the same. Both mumbled when they talked, walked sluggishly, was moody and depressed. Taissa is the poor man’s version of Kristen Stewart.

  10. Boiler says:

    After what happened with Glee and much of his other stuff surprised they are working with him again

  11. Brendan says:

    Can’t we just get a new season of Nip/Tuck? If Murphy must do horror, just make The Carver the antagonist again!

  12. Steven says:

    Is this really necessary? Isn’t AHS enough?

  13. Larc says:

    There’s a cheap plastic feel to most of Ryan Murphy’s stuff. This will hopefully be different, but it definitely doesn’t sound high rent.

    • alistaircrane says:

      Why does it have to be “high rent”? “Cheap plastic”, as you call it, is entertaining in its own right.

      • Reality says:

        Because Murphy’s productions usually appear to be captivating and “high-rent” but turn out to be hollow, “cheap plastic”.

  14. Nate says:

    Hey Diana Agron

  15. cj says:

    Okay, I would watch this because it sounds like Scream and I like the campus setting and would also enjoy a season set in Hollywood like Urban Legends and Scream 3 (which Im sure they will do if the show is successful). But when Murphy says they are hoping to create a whole new genre with comedy-horror, he sounds like a moron because that genre has been around forever. Also it is stupid to limit it to two female leads each season. Must he be so gay always?

  16. kate says:

    sooo…. AHS but lighter and funnier for broadcast tv? how original and clever.

  17. Diana says:

    This show sounds boring.