Nashville co-star Oliver Hudson will be moonlighting on another series, signing on as one of the male leads in Fox’s high-profile straight-to-series comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens, from Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. He will take over the role that Joe Manganiello was originally cast in. As production schedule for Scream Queens — whose cast features a slew of boldface names like Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Ariana Grande and Lea Michele — was being firmed up, it became clear that the show couldn’t accomodate Manganiello’s extensive commitments to promoting his summer film Magic Mike XXL internationally.
The gig on Scream Queens won’t affect Hudson’s status on ABC’s Nashville, whose fate for next season is still unclear. Hudson has a one-year series regular deal on the country music drama and will be juggling it with Scream Queens until the ABC series wraps production.
The first installment of Scream Queens, slated for the fall, revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders. Details about Hudson’s role are being kept under wraps though I hear he would be playing a hot dad. He is repped by ICM, Management 360, and Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca.