“Chaos! I want more chaos,” said Scream Queens co-creator Brad Falchuk while on the New Orleans set for the fifth episode of the aforementioned show. The show stars Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, Keke Palmer, Ariana Grande, and queen of all scream queens, Jamie Lee Curtis, and will air on September 22 on Fox.
Tag teaming the creative process behind Scream Queens along with Brad Falchuk is Ryan Murphy, who you may recognize as the creator of Glee, American Horror Story, and Nip/Tuck. Both Falchuk and Murphy promise to bring back the horror of the 80’s back, and no I do not mean shoulder pads.
The premise of the show is rather simple, but then again, when isn’t an 80’s horror movie premise simple? On the official Fox Scream Queens website the premise reads:
Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by CHANEL OBERLIN (Emma Roberts, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Scream 4”). But when anti-Kappa DEAN CATHY MUNSCH (Jamie Lee Curtis, “Halloween,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “True Lies”) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc across the campus.
Judging by that premise and the trailer (below) I can assume that the show is aiming to reach a certain balance between horror and comedy much like the cult classic Evil Dead. But wait, isn’t there already a horror comedy TV show coming out called Ash vs. Evil Dead? Yes, in fact there is. However, Ash vs. Evil Dead premieres almost a month after the first episode of Scream Queens, so we won’t be able to compare the two until after October 31st, 2015 (premiere date for Ash vs. Evil Dead)
Regardless of the fact that Scream Queens and Ash vs. Evil Dead will be heavily compared, there is another very big concern that thwarts me from being too optimistic about Scream Queens, and that is Ryan Murphy himself.
Although Murphy’s other TV show American Horror Story has gained a huge following, I see the amount of quality dwindling with every passing season. Don’t get me wrong, I was a huge American Horror Story fan back when it first aired. American Horror Story Murder House and Asylum were my two favorite seasons, however, after Asylum I noticed a pattern of carelessness with the show.
I don’t want to get too into details about why these past two seasons were a disappointment (especially Freak Show), so I’ll end this point: I think once Ryan Murphy finds a new project he is passionate about, he begins to lose interest in his others.
Fox ordered Ryan Murphy to begin development for Scream Queens back in October of 2014 which was right around the beginning of AHS Freak Show. I’m not here to attack Ryan Murphy, I just want to point out that judging by the patterns Murphy and his shows have created, Scream Queens might only see a short reign of power. He doesn’t seem like the kind of man who could handle more than 2 TV shows at a time.
He did a fantastic job running both Glee and AHS Murder House/Asylum, but once he got his hands on another project the quality of his other 2 shows began to go down. I fear that this is will hold true once Ryan Murphy’s other project American Crime Story hits full development.
I understand that Ryan Murphy is not alone when it comes to creating these shows. Brad Falchuk is always by his side for a majority of his projects, but being that Ryan Murphy constantly puts himself at the helm of every one of his shows as show-runner and it seems to put quite a bit of strain in his creative process.
Nevertheless, Scream Queens looks like it’ll be a good show and I hope that the level of quality the show seems to be giving off in the trailer remains constant throughout the show’s run.