Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Dante DiLorieto, co-creators of the television hit series “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” will serve as executive producers of a new television series called “Scream Queens.”
Fox has confirmed that the show’s star-studded cast will include “Glee” leading actress Lea Michele, “True Blood” star Joe Manganiello, Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, “Akeelah and the Bee” star Keke Palmer and singer Nick Jonas.
According to The New York Daily News, Murphy said in a statement, “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.”
It has also been confirmed that Grammy winner Ariana Grande will be a recurring guest star on the show. Actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts will also appear in starring roles throughout the series.
“Scream Queens” is set on a college campus, specifically a sorority house, where a series of murders take place.
The show will also be a comedy/horror anthology, following the same style of the FX hit show “American Horror Story.”
According to E! Online, Fox’s Gary Newman said, “We trust [Murphy] implicitly and he has proven over the years that he has great instincts for building characters that people care about and fall in love with. He brings an outrageousness to what he does and he’s the perfect person to do this.”
When asked to give an opinion about the upcoming comedy/horror series, JCU students gave mixed reviews.
“I have never seen ‘American Horror Story,’ but I never liked ‘Glee’,” said freshman Kelsey Sprenger. “It seemed fake and dramatic. I also do not like horror shows and movies because they seem so unrealistic.”
Senior Kahim Chan was more optimistic. “I would give it a try,” he said. “I am not entirely sure about the horror aspect, though.”
“It sounds a bit weird, like they are trying too hard to combine ‘Glee’ and ‘American Horror Story’,” added sophomore Megan Carabotta.
According to Theatermania.com, Fox Network has ordered 15 hour-long episodes. “Scream Queens,” which will begin production this spring, will debut in the fall of 2015.
“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 both Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairman and CEOs of Fox Television. “One of our top priorities at the network has been to get Ryan Murphy to create a new series for Fox.”
With “Glee” taking its final bow this year, critics wonder if “Scream Queens,” a title that mimics the famous horror film “Scream,” will become the next most talked-about series.
Editor’s Note: Information from E! Online, Nydailynews.com, Theatermania.com and Variety.com was used in this article.