I’m a big fan of American Horror Story, but when Fox announced the straight-to-series order for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s latest project, Scream Queens, a small part of me couldn’t help but to think, again? We’ve already got American Horror Story delivering solid scares on TV and it seems like every other show is running with the anthology format now. What is it about this show that’ll make it stand out? Murphy insisted that Scream Queens will “create a whole new genre,” but as we all well know, comedy-horror has been around for quite a while.
At this point, there’s really nothing about the concept behind Scream Queens that suggests it’ll be as groundbreaking as Murphy suggests, but now it does have two actresses aboard that make it a must-see regardless – Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts. Hit the jump for more.
As reported by Deadline, Roberts and Curtis will lead the first season of what will be an anthology series. Scream Queens is scheduled to go into production in the spring and then debut in the fall. Season 1 will be comprised of 15 one-hour episodes and focus on “a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders.”
Back when the show was first announced, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-chief executives of Fox’s TV arm, noted the show’s “genre-bending concept, which blends true horror with big comedic moments” and “the diverse and unforgettable characters.” That sounds a lot more appealing than Murphy’s comedy-horror revelation, but it’ll probably be tough to get a good sense of the tone of show until promotional material start hitting and we’ve got a while to go until that happens.
But for now, Curtis and Roberts’ involvement does raise hope for the show. Clearly Curtis is a horror icon, but Roberts is carving out a nice little place for herself within the genre as well. No, Scream 4 can’t compare to the original, but the most memorable component of that installment is easily Roberts’ character’s highly entertaining and bizarre turnaround. As for her run on American Horror Story, at this point, I find Roberts has much more life to her when she’s playing someone with a mean streak like Coven’s Madison, so I’ve got my fingers crossed she won’t wind up being a cookie-cutter final girl and her character on Scream Queens will have a little sass to her.