“AMERICAN HORROR STORY” creators launching “SCREAM QUEENS” series at FoxMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
With “AMERICAN HORROR STORY” drawing big ratings and awards through the stand-alone-season approach, the people behind it are going for another fright anthology, this one with a lighter touch.
Variety reports that HORROR STORY’s Ryan Murphy (pictured above) and Brad Falchuk, along with their GLEE collaborators Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, have already gotten a full 15-episode series order from Fox TV for a horror/comedy project called SCREAM QUEENS. The overall concept will center on a pair of new female leads each season, debuting with a story set on a college campus where a series of murders takes place. According to Fox Television Group chairman Gary Newman and Dana Walden, “We loved every element of the pitch for this show—the genre-bending concept, which blends true horror with big comedic moments; the diverse and unforgettable characters and reuniting the phenomenal creative team that delivered GLEE. It’s a huge commitment and an expression of our faith in Ryan.” Casting has begun for a dozen key roles on SCREAM QUEENS; no word yet on if, as happens on AMERICAN HORROR STORY, the plan is for actors to repeat in multiple seasons playing different parts.