Live-action television series based on films have a murky history of success. For every Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Bates Motel that garners a devoted fanbase, there’s a Blade: The Series or My Big Fat Greek Life that fails to establish a long-term connection with viewers.
When a series based on the Scream franchise was announced, it was hard to tell which side of the divide the project was going to land on. MTV had already seen similar success in adapting an established film for television with Teen Wolf, but unlike that franchise, the Scream movie series had only recently been revived with the 2011 release of Scream 4.
Now halfway through the show’s first season, MTV has announced that Scream has been renewed for season 2. The show has reportedly brought in more than 21 million on-air viewers and 7.9 million streaming viewers since it debuted in June 2015. At the time of writing this, only five episodes of the show have been broadcast, with its season 1 finale scheduled for September 1st.
The Scream TV show may be confirmed to return next season, but there’s still no telling what approach the series will take in its storytelling, as no cast members have yet been announced for season 2. Scream could very well carry its current mystery over to next season, bringing back whichever characters manage to survive this first batch of episodes. On the other hand, the show could opt for an anthology format, perhaps jumping in time to another set of characters and another killer entirely.
Most likely, MTV’s Scream series will model itself after the films and follow the season 1 survivors to another killing spree (assuming, of course, that nothing supernatural is at play). Plus, the show’s creative teams have hinted that the traditional Ghostface mask may make an appearance at some point. So there is reason to believe the MTV series will take the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” philosophy to heart.
In any case, the fact that MTV has renewed the show this early in its run is a good sign that the network is pleased with the show’s performance to date. Time will tell how the show will evolve in its sophomore year.
Scream airs Tuesdays at 10pm on MTV.