After launching the popular high school musical series “Glee,” executive producer Ryan Murphy shifted to completely different territory by creating the horror anthology series “American Horror Story,” and now he’s looking to spawn something somewhere in the middle.
Fox has announced a 15-episode order of a new hour-long anthology series called “Scream Queens” with “American Horror Story” executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, and Dante Di Loreto all reuniting for the new endeavor set to hit the network in the fall of 2015.
The project is a horror comedy that will revolve around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders. What’s weird, is that for some reason, Murphy thinks that the idea of a horror comedy is something that he invented. In the press release for the show, Murphy says:
I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing ‘Scream Queens.’ We hope to create a whole new genre – comedy-horror – and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We’ve already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles…
Apparently Murphy hasn’t seen movies like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Slither, Gremlins, Army of Darkness, or Warm Bodies, because the horror comedy is nothing new. But anyway, Fox definitely needed a new series from Murphy with “Glee” on the way out. A straight-to-series order is a big deal, and if the show is anywhere near as successful as “American Horror Story” then Murphy will be pretty busy in the near future – especially considering he also has another anthology series, “American Crime Story,” on the way.
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