From Barbara Steele to Jamie Lee Curtis, from Debbie Rochon to Danielle Harris, and from Sarah Michelle Gellar to Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ‘Scream Queens’ have been an essential element to horror on screen for decades. Combining beauty with a tenacity to survive, often to the end as the ‘final girl’, and of course, with the ability to scream one’s lungs out, Scream Queens certainly make horror a lot more fun to watch. Looking to tap into this legacy is Fox’ new series, appropriately titled, Scream Queens, airing Tuesday nights beginning tonight (Sept. 22). Springing from the creators of American Horror Story and Glee, Scream Queens promises to combine elements of both of those series, being simultaneously scary and fun. Taking place at a sorority house, the students there find themselves on the receiving end of a serial killer’s wrath. It sounds like a classic whodunit as we try to guess who will be the next victim and who is the killer.
Besides the pedigree of having American Horror Story creators like Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on board, what’s particularly appealing is the attractive and talented young cast, which will undoubtedly be smaller by the end of the first season, as the producers have promised to kill off someone each episode, ala Ten Little Indians. That cast includes Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Skyler Samuel (The Nine Lives of Chloe King), Lea Michelle (Glee), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland), Keke Palmer (Masters of Sex) and pop sensation Ariana Grande. There are also some dudes as well – Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars), Lucien Laviscount and singer Nick Jonas. Rounding out the cast are Nasim Pedrad (SNL), Niecy Nash (Reno 911!) and the ultimate scream queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, The Fog) as the dean of the university.
While Scream Queens looks to be somewhat similar to the recent Scream series, which just ended its first season on MTV, it does promise to be more on the humorous side, while still providing a steady body count. Star Emma Roberts has described the show as Mean Girls meets Friday the 13th. That sounds like a fun combination to us. It’s great to see so many horror series finding their way to the small screen. Hopefully, television won’t become over-saturated with too many frightful shows. We don’t think it will, as the genre is ripe for countless ideas, whether they are brand new or new takes on previous productions.
The series has a 15 episode first season order, which should be plenty of time to develop clues and dispatch victims. It debuts on Fox tonight with a 2 hour premiere, and will subsequently air Tuesdays at 9/8c. Here’s the official trailer: