The Fall television season is just within our reach, and leading into it, FOX plans on keeping the hype for the second season of Scream Queens at its highest. The show’s debut season introduced viewers to Emma Roberts’ sorority queen Chanel Oberlin and what’s now left of her Chanel squad, Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd) and Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin), but after the horrific events of their previous year, the college queens have settled on a major: healthcare.
The first season of the show boasted guest stars and recurring players such as Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas, so the sophomore season is seeking to do the same. As the Chanels and Zayday Williams (Keke Palmer) enter med school at a hospital recently acquired by their former Dean Munsch (real life former scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis), they meet two new, handsome doctors. In an all-new first look at the series, John Stamos’ Dr. Brock Holt and Taylor Lautner’s Dr. Cassidy Cascade make their debut.
Motives and other matters of plot are still under wraps, but as with any new characters in Scream Queens — and even the ones we think we can trust — there’s a degree of mystery to the two new roles. While Lautner returns to poking fun at how handsome folks perceive him to be, it feels like Stamos’ Dr. Holt might be masterminding something behind Chanel’s back. Either that, or he’s got more problems controlling his hands than just groping (consenting) women half his age. Last season saw twists and turns surrounding the family history of show’s heroine, Grace Gardner (Skyler Samuels), who won’t be returning for the show’s upcoming season. This time around, it seems as though the plot will focus in on the show’s favorite trio and Palmer’s Zayday.
Season 2 comes has quite a bit to prove after the first season experienced a similar decline in quality from other projects, like Murphy’s long-running musical dramedy Glee. Back then, fans placed the blame on Murphy’s project list simply being too long, and right now, he’s working on a handful of other shows for 2016-2017 (see also American Horror Story season 6). Despite the fall in ratings during the latter half of season one, hilarious performances by Curtis, Lourd, and Roberts kept the season afloat. With new guest stars and a fresh (or at least very sterile) new setting, the show promises to be “funnier and scarier” than its first season.
Scream Queens season 2 will premiere on FOX on September 20th, 2016.