Despite a shaky first season, the mildly-rated slasher spoof ‘Scream Queens’ will be returning to FOX for a second season this fall. This news was delivered by FOX TV Group’s chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. Season One followed the exploits of members of a cliquish sorority on a college campus. Despite earlier rumors that the second season would be set at a summer camp, Walden and Newman stated that the new setting will be at a hospital, where “some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.”
‘Scream Queens’ was one of the most heavily hyped new shows this past fall. Coming from the minds of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the creators of proven hits like FOX’s ‘Glee’ and FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ (itself a send-up of horror tropes) and featuring an A-List cast headed up by Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Billie Lourd, all of whom are expected to return for Season Two. But despite all of these advantages, ‘Scream Queens’ earned weak ratings and tepid reviews. Curtis did, however, earn a Golden Globe nomination for her work on the show.
‘Scream Queens’ is an example of the changing ways in which people consume television. While its live ratings are a fairly weak 2.7 million, its number actually improve by 167% to 7.2 million when DVR, on-demand and streaming views are factored in.
And from the start, Murphy has stated that he planned to revamp the show with new seasons (originally mentioning the summer camp idea) and the characters that managed to survive. The changes aren’t as complete as those on ‘American Horror Story’ but it still allows a pretty fresh start for a show that struggled somewhat in its freshman season.
What do you think? Did you enjoy ‘Scream Queens’ Season One? Are you excited for another season? What do you think of the hospital setting?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter