The Fox leadership has reaffirmed its confidence in Ryan Murphy. After giving the prolific creator a straight-to-series order for Scream Queens as one of their first moves after taking over the network, Fox TV Group chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden have now renewed the horror comedy anthology for a second season. In it, the series will move from the college campus setting in Season 1 to a new location, a hospital, “where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.”
Fox is not announcing which actors from Season 1 would return for Season 2, but I hear that Jamie Lee Curtis is expected to be back, anchoring the horror franchise the way Jassica Lange did for the first four seasons of Scream Queens co-creators Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story on FX.
Most if not all of the core stars of Scream Queens are said to have multi-year deals, so there will be a continuation between seasons similar to the way Murphy and Falchuk bring back a significant number of actors on American Horror Story every season.
Following the annoucement, Walden said Murphy “intends to bring some of the actors, I believe as the same characters.”
The number of episodes is TBD, likely in line with the first season’s 13.
The Scream Queens Season 1 ratings performance further fueled the debate over the relevance of linear TV ratings in a multi-platform universe, contributing to Fox’s decision to stop reporting Live+Same Day ratings. Scream Queen‘s L+SD delivery was pretty paltry, 2.7 million viewers. But according to Fox, Scream Queens was the No. 1 new series on VOD and the No. 1 series in social media. Across platforms, Scream Queens averages a +167% gain versus its Live+SD delivery (7.2 vs. 2.7 million) — again per Fox – the biggest multi-platform percentage gain versus L+SD ever for a Fox program over the comparable period.
Created by Glee co-creators Murphy, Falchuk and Ian Brennan, who also serve as writers and directors on the series, Scream Queens is from Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision in association with 20th Century Fox Television. It is executive-produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Alexis Martin Woodall (American Horror Story: Hotel).