Ryan Murphy certainly likes his anthology TV series. He’s enjoyed success with the American Horror Story anthology, and the first season of his American Crime Story anthology was also a massive hit – and then, in the middle, is Scream Queens. Murphy assembled an impressive cast list for season 1 of what he described as a ‘comedy-horror’ show, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Keke Palmer, and Murphy regulars, Emma Roberts (AHS) and Lea Michele (Glee).
Scream Queens season 1 received mixed reviews, with the general consensus being that the quality of the season steadily deteriorated throughout its run. This was reflected in the ratings, too, with viewership declining to the point where a renewal seemed unlikely. However, Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are incredibly loyal to FOX, and it seems that loyalty is a two way street, with the network picking Scream Queens up for a second season.
The aforementioned Curtis, Palmer, Roberts and Michele are all returning for Scream Queens season 2, along with Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Glen Powell, and Niecy Nash. In true anthology form, Scream Queens changes settings for its second outing, graduating from college to a hospital. Fox have now announced that joining the cast will be John Stamos, in the role of Dr. Brock Holt.
Stamos has a varied TV, film and theater career but is perhaps best known for his role as Jesse Kastopolis on Full House and its sequel, Fuller House, which is also renewed for a second season. Stamos is no stranger to working with Murphy, either, having guest starred as dentist Dr. Carl Howell in four episodes of Glee, as well as appearing in The New Normal. Stamos’ character is the hospital’s “brilliant but secretive head surgeon,” and FOX describes the hospital setting as a place where “some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.”
A change of setting will definitely give the show a boost and a fresh outlook, but that won’t necessarily be enough to improve the ratings. Murphy’s Glee seemed to suffer a similar fate as Scream Queens did, in that it started strong and gradually the quality tailed off. That fandom still places the blame at Murphy’s door, saying he became too invested in his other projects, most notably AHS. Indeed, AHS‘s fourth season was criticized for being weaker than the previous seasons owing to Murphy’s work on getting Scream Queens made – and while the fifth season, AHS: Hotel, picked up, it still wasn’t as strong as seasons one through three had been.
Could it be that Scream Queens‘ quality dropped because Murphy and co started work on American Crime Story? If so, then the second season doesn’t stand much of a chance either, since the second season of American Crime Story is said to begin production soon. We’ll find out soon enough, though.
Scream Queens season 2 will premiere on FOX on September 20th, 2016.