Scream Queens is a 15-episode anthology horror/comedy that will premiere on Fox in September of 2015, with the first season set on a college campus shaken by a series of murders. From the creators of American Horror Story and Glee, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Emma joins an all-star cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Oliver Hudson, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer! Plus Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas have recurring roles!
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Getting into the right college can be murder. But on Fox’s horror-comedy Scream Queens, which has been picked up to series for a fall debut, it’s surviving college that’s the real life-or-death challenge. From Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Queens is an homage to the slasher movies of the ’80s. (Or as Murphy puts it, “Heathers meets Friday the 13th.”) The series, about a killer stalking a college sorority, features an all-star cast including Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.
Like all of Murphy’s projects, Scream Queens has been cloaked in secrecy…until now. EW has your exclusive first look at the fall’s funniest thrill ride.
EW: Where did the idea for this show come from?
RYAN MURPHY: Brad and Ian and I, all three of us, were always obsessed with the ’80s/early ’90s slasher genre that was always about young people and always about coming of age. So we loved that and we decided to sort of be inspired by that idea. That was sort of the impetus of it. It’s sort of the idea of what would happen if you put something like Heathers meets Friday the 13th to those genre pictures like Massacre on Sorority Row, that early-to-late ’80s exploitation horror thing.
I really like the idea of doing a comedy and doing sort of anthological comedy. What I love about it is when it’s funny, it’s funny. And when it’s scary, it’s scary. One thing too that I hear all the time from women about American Horror Story is, “I love the idea of it but it’s too scary and I can’t watch it.” So the question we asked is, “How do we keep it scary but write something for that audience?” It doesn’t have the gore of American Horror Story but it certainly still has the scares.
The other thing it’s inspired by is it’s a real murder mystery whodunit. In the very first episode you meet all the characters and then the killings start happening on this college campus. Every character in the piece has the motivation to be the killer. So when you’re watching it, part of the fun is, Okay who did it? It’s not revealed until the last episode when literally the mask of the Red Devil, who is the killer, comes off and we say, Boom here’s your killer.
It’s also a show about the sorority/fraternity system in our country and what’s happening with that so it’s a satire about that.
What’s the basic plot of Scream Queens?
It opens in a flashback to 1995 at the sorority where something horrible happens. It’s a mystery that goes unsolved. Flash forward 20 years to today, and it looks like someone is out for revenge. Something horrible happened to a pledge and on the anniversary of that crime, someone is out for vengeance.
Who does Emma Roberts play?
Emma Roberts is Chanel, who’s the president of Kappa Sorority. She’s very funny and very ruthless. All her life all she’s wanted to do is be president of Kappa and have this great boyfriend and rule the roost. She’s very fashionable and very ruthless.
I love Emma. It was written for her. She’s super funny.
Emma was spotted out and about in NYC on April 16 & 17th, check out the candids below! Also updated latest instagram photos, including two from on set of Scream Queens which she was back filming in New Orleans yesterday.
Emma is featured on 2 posters just released for promo of Scream Queens! The show will be premiering in September on FOX! Check out full versions in the gallery!
Emma was spotted filming Nerve in New York City last night (April 14). Check out the photos below! She also shared some Instagrams from that night…
Emma was spotted leaving a bakery today (April 14) in SoHo, New York. Check out the candids below!
Emma was spotted out and about in NYC with Evan Peters today (April 13), check out the photos below. Updated the latest Instagram photos, a couple cute throwback photos!
Another new Scream Queens teaser has been released! This time Emma applies lipstick using a knife! Can’t wait for the series to air, is it Fall yet!
Hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a lovely one with family/friends! Emma was seen arriving at LAX today (April 5), see photos below!