There is a behind the scenes change on the MTV horror series Scream as it heads into a second season. Michael Gans and Richard Register have been brought in as new showrunners, replacing at the helm Jill Blotevogal and Jaime Paglia. Blotevogal, who wrote the final version of the pilot script, will stay on as a consultant while Paglia is exiting.
I hear the decision for a showrunner change was made in conjunction with MTV’s July renewal of Scream — a series adaptation of the hit teen movie franchise — for a second season. However, Blotevogal and Paglia’s role on the show going forward was unclear as a final decision on that was going to be made with input from the new showrunners who had not been identified at the time.
Scream, from Dimension TV, went through a lengthy development process, with Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin originally tapped to pen the pilot script, which later was rewritten by Blotevogel (all 3 got writing credit).
Gans and Richard Register have a relationship with Mina Lefevre, MTV’s EVP and Head of Scripted Development. They worked with her while she was at ABC Family as writers-producers on the networks’s series Make It Or Break It.
Scream got off to a solid start, with the premiere drawing 1.563 million viewers in Live+3, up from the 1.03 million Live+same day audience. Among 12-34 year olds, the average audience grew from 687,000 viewers to 997,000 in L+3. According to MTV, Scream has generated 7.9 million streams across platforms and has averaged 60% increases in L+3 over L+SD ratings week to week.
Gans and Register are repped by Gersh and Andy Galker.