Fox has a wide array of new shows premiering later this year. From comedies like Grandfathered and The Grinder to quirky crime shows like Rosewood, the network looks to be shooting for the fences this time around in terms of diversifying their roster. But those aren’t the only new shows coming to Fox later this year, and one of them might just leave you scratching your head wondering if you loved or hated it.
Scream Queens is a new anthology series (yes, like True Detective or American Horror Story) from AHS creator Ryan Murphy starring Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Niecey Nash, and more. It follows a stereotypical Mean Girls-esque sorority house on a college campus, only this one has a much darker past that looks to be coming back to haunt its current sisters.
We’ve already seen one trailer for the show, but now the full trailer is available (above). And while AHS has managed to be one of the darker and more disturbing series on television, Scream Queens looks like a satire of Murphy’s most recent work. With a tone reminiscent of the Scream franchise and a solid cast, this has the potential to be a big hit for Fox.
Here’s the official synopsis for the series:
“Wallace University is rocked by a string of murders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts). But when anti-Kappa Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc, claiming one victim, one episode at a time. Part black comedy, part slasher flick, ‘Scream Queens’ is a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder… Or could easily be the next blood-soaked casualty.”
Murphy definitely looks to be combining the tone of Glee with a kind of plot usually seen on a season of AHS – with the cast even consisting of a mix of members from the two shows. It could be a big hit – both shows were incredibly well-received to start (and heavily criticized in subsequent seasons), so we wouldn’t be surprised if Scream Queens followed a similar trajectory.
Considering the current boom of serial killer mysteries (The Killing, Pretty Little Liars, etc.), as well as the new anthology format really taking over new shows left and right, Scream Queens is certainly striking while the iron’s hot. It’ll be interesting to see how well it does in comparison, especially with MTV’s very similar-looking Scream series set to debut this year.
So what do you think, SR readers? Will Murphy hit another home run with Scream Queens or will he strike out this time around? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Scream Queens is set to premiere on Fox later this Fall.