It’s official. Well, sort of. The Scream Queens panel confirmed tonight at PaleyFest what we already told you – Jamie Lee Curtis, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourde will be reprising their roles in Season 2 of the Fox horror anthology. All were present for this evening’s fan confab at the Dolby Theatre along with already confirmed cast members Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Niecy Nash, and co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk. It was also announced that Glenn Powell, who plays the infamous womanizer Chad Radwell, is also set to return.
Falchuk said that they were in the early stages of writing Season 2 but offered some tidbits on what to expect. As it has been reported, the sophomore season will take place in a hospital. “Dean Munsch has moved on to great success, she’s abolished the Greek system in the country…she’s written her book, she’s traveled the world, and is like, ‘I need a new mission’,” Falchuk said. This leads her into the health care field, where she decides to purchase a hospital and “runs the hospital the way she sees fit” taking on the seemingly incurable “cases that no one else will take.” Falchuk says the hospital will attract great thinkers as well as medical students. One of those great thinkers is Zayday (Palmer), who graduated from Wallace College in two years and is now training under Dean Munsch to be physician.
On what to expect for the Chanels — who where last seen being committed into a mental institution — Falchuk reveals that the girls have “flipped and taken their education seriously while in the institution,” and will become medical students as well. On Michele’s Hester, Falchuk says that in the hospital there will be an aspect of murder and a killer that Hester will be “intimately involved with.” As for Denise, she has joined the FBI and will be involved in the hospital mishaps as well.
Recently, it was announced that Scream Queens was awarded a California state tax credit to film in Los Angeles, something for which Curtis was very grateful for. “When Governor Schwarzenegger was elected, my friend, we really hoped he was going to basically give back to the community that gave him so much by bringing production back to California.”
“There has been an exodus out of California,” she said, commending the idea of “bringing production back to California, where the jobs should be.”
Scream Queens is the second anthology series to come from Falchuk and Ryan Murphy following American Horror Story. Unlike AHS, the series will continue to use the same characters as the story changes. On the decision to not follow that theme, Falchuk said tonight, “it was much more of the horror movie way of looking at it, a sequel,” equating it to the likes of Curtis’ character in Halloween.
With that said, Curtis was quick to point out that “Halloween 2 was in a hospital. … They’re following the Halloween model all the way.”