Scream Queens has been renewed for a second season, Fox announced at the Television Critics Associations press tour on Friday.
In season 2, the Ryan Murphy horror-comedy is moving away from the college campus, and will instead be set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation — anyone else getting an American Horror Story: Asylum vibe?
“I don’t think it’s anything like Asylum, which was set in a period,” co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman said. “The medical is an incredibly rich area to tell stories in. Ryan has always loved the medical area. Nip/Tuck was a show he really enjoyed the creative on. It seemed like a great, broad area.”
Casting for the second season will be announced at a later date, though some of the cast from the first season is expected to return. Initially, EW had heard that a summer camp theme was in the running for a second season, but the concept has shifted to the hospital.
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“Ryan intends to bring some of the actors from the first installment back,” co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden said. “I believe they will be the same characters. We’ve just started having very preliminary conversations so not 100 percent sure exactly what their plans are, but the initial conversations were very much to return some of the characters.”
Newman added: “It really hasn’t been decided who’s coming back and how many of them who will be playing their old characters or not. Ryan, Brad, and Ian are actually working right now on that. We’ll all be sitting together pretty soon and hearing their take on it. Our instinct is that at least a few of those characters will be back with the same actors playing the same roles, but it will be anthological in that there will be a time jump and it’ll be in a different setting.”
In its first season, Scream Queens averaged a rather big gain in its Live vs. Same Day numbers (7.2 vs 2.7 million viewers). Scream Queens hails from Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Alexis Martin Woodall.