Scream Queens is a horror-comedy TV series. The first season was ordered by Fox on October 20, 2014, and the second season was announced on January 15, 2016. The series was created and is run by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan. Every season is expected to have two female leads, the first season's leads are Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis. The series began filming during March 2015. The show had its world premiere on July 8th at the 2015 Comic-Con and premiered on September 22, 2015 on television. Murphy, Falchuk, and Brennan also serve as writers and directors, and Brian Grazer and Dante Di Loreto join them as executive producers.
The series begins when all hell is about to break loose on the Wallace University campus when, exactly 20 years after a mysterious tragedy, a devil-clad killer begins to target the sisters of Kappa House. The super-charged comedy-horror series is a modern take on the classic whodunit with a killer cast. With at least one casualty each week until the mystery is solved, anyone could be the next victim - or the murderer.
The second season is set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.
Development and conception
On October 20, 2014, it was announced that Fox had ordered a 13-episode season of Scream Queens, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan who also co-created Fox's musical hit TV series Glee. "Scream Queens will go straight to series. It’s a huge commitment and an expression of our faith in Ryan. We are ecstatic to have him, along with Brad, Ian and Dante, as our partners on this exciting ride", Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairman-CEOs of Fox Television Group, said after wanting another TV series reuniting the creative team that delivered Glee. "The genre-bending concept, which blends true horror with big comedic moments, and the diverse and unforgettable characters will make this an interesting and exciting new show," they say.
Murphy wanted to work with his good friends Falchuk and Brennan again on something comedic after Glee, "and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens", he said. He confirmed that every season of this anthology series will revolve around two female leads. A nationwide search for those women during Season One, as well as 10 other supporting roles, started late 2014. Jamie Lee Curtis is an actress that Murphy has always wanted for his works, and he wrote the series for her.
Anthology series American Horror Story's executive producers; Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan, Grazer and Dante Di Loreto; will also work together for this project.
"It's anthological in nature, but there's a catch to it," Murphy said of Scream Queens' secret twist. "I can't reveal because it's different than American Horror Story, which resets completely every year. This doesn't do that."
In December 2014, it was reported that Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis would be featured as the two lead roles. In January 2015, Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, Keke Palmer, and Abigail Breslin joined the main cast of the series; as well as actress/singer Ariana Grande in a recurring capacity. Later that month it was announced that Nick Jonas would recur throughout the first season. Skyler Samuels, new comer Billie Lourd, Lucien Laviscount, Diego Boneta, and Glen Powell joined the main cast during February 2015. YouTube personalities, twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes, and Niecy Nash joined the recurring cast the same month.
In March 2015, Nasim Pedrad joined the cast as a series regular, while Breezy Eslin joined as a recurring character. The same month, Manganiello left the cast because the series couldn’t accommodate his commitments to promoting the film Magic Mike XXL internationally. Oliver Hudson joined the cast replacing Manganiello's role.
On June 24, 2015, it was announced that Charisma Carpenter has joined the cast in a recurring capacity, playing the mother of Ariana Grande's character. The next day Roger Bart was cast as the father.
It was reported that filming was expected to commence in April 2015. The college Campus where Scream Queens will be filmed confirmed via Twitter that Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, and Nick Jonas will start shooting for the series during March 2015, a month before it was supposed to begin filming. Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Nasim Pedrad, Diego Boneta, Abigail Breslin, Nick Jonas, and Curtis were on set on March 13, 2015, confirming that filming started that day. Shooting for the series went on hiatus on April 23, 2015, and resumed on June 17.
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The first teaser trailer of the series was released by Fox on February 13, 2015 on YouTube, as a Friday the 13th day gift. The next Black Friday, March 13, 2015, Fox sent Scream Queens gifts to promote the series. The same day, a second promo featuring Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin was released. However, it was later edited and relaunched, cutting out the letters "KNT" that were read on Robert's shirt, and changing the name of the fraternity house on the background, from "KNT" to "KKT". On March 18, 2015, a new teaser featuring Keke Palmer as Zayday was released after Fox's Empire's season finale. A fourth promo was leaked on April 8, 2015, featuring Roberts once again, one day later it was officially released. On April 17, 2015, Entertainment Weekly released three official posters of the series, confirming that the premiere of Scream Queens would be held in September of that year. A new teaser was uploaded to the official Scream Queens YouTube channel on May 4, and another during May 13 with actual footage of the series. On May 22 an Inside look was released.
On May 11, 2015, a full-length trailer was showed at the Fox Upfronts 2015, and was officialy released on May 19, 2015. The Hollywood Reporter released a new poster on May 29, 2015. On June 5, 2015, the eighth teaser was released. On June 8, 2015, behind the scenes footage of the promotional photoshoot session was released on the series' YouTube account. The ninth teaser, featuring part of the cast, was released on June 15.
The first promotional cast pictures were released on June 20. Two other teasers were released on July 2, 2015.
Posters of the series has been distributed across United States, especially Los Angeles and New York, to promote it. An exclusive poster was seen exclusively at Six Flags early summer. Ahead of its September premiere, Scream Queens will have branded attractions at seven different Six Flags parks across the country: Six Flags Over Georgia; Six Flags Great Adventure – Gurnee, IL; Six Flags Fiesta Texas; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, CA; Six Flags St. Louis; Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, CA; and Six Flags New England.
- The idea for the first season of Scream Queens was based on an expletive email from one of the executive board members of the Delta Gamma sorority at University of Maryland. The email went viral in April of 2013, and Ryan Murphy used it as inspiration for creating Kappa Kappa Tau and the Chanels.
- Ryan Murphy called singer Taylor Swift to do an episode of Scream Queens for its first season, but she declined because she was on tour at the time.
- The first season was originally supposed to be subtitled Sorority Row, but Ryan declined it because Scream Queens won't be a fresh new anthology story like his other project American Horror Story.
- Scream Queens was originally the name of a reality TV series that aired on VH1 in 2008 in which a group of aspiring actresses competed for a role in an upcoming Saw film.
- Ryan Murphy said if Jamie Lee Curtis didn't star in it he wouldn't have made the series.
- Scream Queens won a 2016 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
The main title sequence was released on Ryan Murphy's YouTube channel in September 2nd, 2015. The sequence featured an original song called "You Belong To Me", which was co-written by the show’s composer Mac Quayle, singer Heather Heywood, executive producer Alexis Woodall, and was sung by Heywood.
The full title sequence is rarely shown on the show. Usually, only the Scream Queens logo (as seen at the end of the title sequence) is shown for one or two seconds, several minutes into the episode. Pumpkin Patch is the only episode where a version of the title sequence is shown.
Source: Scream Queens Wiki.