At the Fox executive session for the Television Critics Association, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group Gary Newman and Dana Walden revealed casting for Ryan Murphy’s new horror series Scream Queens: Joe Manganiello, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer join Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts.
After the panel, Newman revealed were the first season takes place, and it is a classic horror location. “Scream Queens, which season one is set in a sorority house, I think [Murphy]’s literally the perfect person to be doing this.”
Scream Queens probably won’t be as graphic as Murphy’s American Horror Story, but then again, Hannibal is on NBC and they get away with a lot of gore. “Creatively, I’m not sure it’s that big a difference,” Newman said. “Obviously there are different standards for what you can do on FX and what you can do on Fox, but Ryan proved on Glee he can tell very edgy stories that have real cultural resonance on network television. I expect him to do that with Scream Queens and I think it’s going to be an amazing suspenseful fun ride. There are several scripts which we have not yet read but we’ll be reading shortly, so we’ll know a lot more about it once we read the scripts.”
Newman said it was Murphy who attracted such a cast, and Curtis was their first choice. “I don’t think at this point we want to get into what roles the characters play, but when Ryan pitched this, literally the first idea he had and we had was to bring Jamie Lee Curtis to it given what an iconic actress she is for this kind of programming. Jamie was I believe the first person we hired for it. She really embraced it and I know is looking forward to it.”
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