Producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have had a pretty successful partnership that goes back to Nip/Tuck, with the duo spearheading the hit FX horror anthology series American Horror Story and the upcoming true crime anthology series American Crime Story. Murphy and Falchuk added one more person to their team in creating the Fox comedy Glee, producing the musical comedy series with Ian Brennan. As Glee winds down its current final season, the trio is planning a new show to premiere in Fall 2015, Scream Queens. Fox has given a straight-to-series order for the comedy-horror show, which will also be an anthology series that “resets” each season with a new setting and story. Hit the jump for much more on the show.
The 15-episode first season of Scream Queens will revolve around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders, and the idea is that each season will center on two female leads, which I think is a swell plan. Oddly, though, Murphy says Scream Queens will “create a whole new genre—comedy-horror”, despite the fact that the genre has been around for decades. Somebody give Murphy a copy of An American Werewolf in London or Cabin in the Woods.
Read the full press release below:
FOX has ordered SCREAM QUEENS, a new genre-bending comedy-horror anthology series, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. The series, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, is from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, the executive producers of GLEE and “American Horror Story.”
The first installment in the new anthology series revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders.
FOX has ordered 15 one-hour episodes, which are scheduled to begin production in the spring and premiere in Fall 2015 on FOX. New settings and storylines will be featured in subsequent seasons of the anthology series.
“I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing SCREAM QUEENS,” commented Murphy. “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.”
“One of our top priorities at the network has been to get Ryan Murphy to create a new series for FOX. We loved every element of the pitch for this show — the genre-bending concept, which blends true horror with big comedic moments; the diverse and unforgettable characters; and reuniting the phenomenal creative team that delivered GLEE,” said Walden and Newman. “SCREAM QUEENS will go straight to series. It’s a huge commitment and an expression of our faith in Ryan. We are ecstatic to have him, along with Brad, Ian and Dante, as our partners on this exciting ride.”
SCREAM QUEENS is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association Ryan Murphy Television. The series is co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Dante Di Loreto will serve as executive producers.