Shows that strike a balance between horror and comedy have experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. Between American Horror Story, Scream (sorta), and iZombie - to name but a few - television executives have become increasingly adept at taking common horror tropes and tonally tweaking them to become accessible to a wider range of audiences. One such new show that has shown expert poise in this regard is FOX’s Scream Queens, and it now seems that there will be much more of the fledgling black comedy in the near future.
FOX has just announced that it has opted to renew Scream Queens for a second season. Centering on the self-absorbed, vapid ladies of Kappa Kappa Tau Wallace University, Scream Queens Season 1 told a classic “whodunit” story of murder, mystery, and comedy that followed Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) and her sorority underlings as a 20-year-old campus murder legend reemerges and begins slaughtering her sisters.
Season 2 of Scream Queens will reportedly take the horror away from the college campus of the first season. Instead, the characters will graduate from college and move the venue of horror to a hospital. Considering Jamie Lee Curtis’ involvement in the series, one cannot help but feel a certain twinge of nostalgia, as her character Laurie Strode from the Halloween franchise moved from a typical suburban setting to a dark, creepy hospital in that franchise’s first sequel.
We can’t exactly say that we are surprised that Scream Queens will be making a return next season. The series has proven itself to be an unequivocal hit with young people. Across numerous platforms, ranging from standard ratings to VOD to overall social media buzz, Scream Queens has become the number one new show among young adults. That success has been effectively parlayed into numerous prestigious award nominations from the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. We here at Cinema Blend praised the show’s early episodes, and it seems that the series’ continued success has not gone unnoticed by the higher-ups at FOX.
Following in the footsteps of major motion pictures such as Scream and Cabin in the Woods, Scream Queens gains most of its traction by subverting genre tropes and expectations. It falls firmly into the category of horror but refuses to take itself overly seriously, which in turn allows the show to generate just as many laughs as it does gasps. It's this sort of meta, self-referential humor that has become the key for horror franchises to survive and thrive amid increasingly savvy audiences.
We will bring you more information on the renewal of Scream Queens as it becomes available.