The girls are moving out of Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house and into a hospital for the sophomore season of “Scream Queens.” It was kept under wraps who would be returning, but at the 33rd Annual PaleyFest event, the announcement was finally made.
Brad Falchuk, who created the series with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, joined series stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Niecy Nash, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd at the Dolby Theatre, and all of the actresses will be coming back, as well as Glen Powell who portrayed the womanizing Chad Radwell.
“Scream Queens” centered around a group of college kids who were terrorized and killed off one by one at the hands of the Red Devil, a villainous character seeking revenge on KKT for a tragic event that took place 20 years prior.
The Fox horror/comedy is the second anthology series to come from the creators, the first being “American Horror Story.” However, unlike AHS, the show will continue to use the same characters but different storylines.
“It was much more of the horror movie way of looking at it, a sequel,” Falchuk said comparing it to Curtis’ character in “Halloween.” With that said, Curtis quickly pointed out that “Halloween 2 was in a hospital. … They’re following the Halloween model all the way,” she joked.
But that’s not all the co-creator divulged. He gave a few details about the new theme for the upcoming season for the first time.
“Dean Munsch has moved on to great success, she’s abolished the Greek system in the country…she’s written her book, she’s traveled the world, and is like, ‘I need a new mission,’” Falchuk said. This leads her into the health care field, where she decides to purchase a hospital and “runs the hospital the way she sees fit” taking on the seemingly incurable “cases that no one else will take.”
He continued, “She wants to attract great minds and train great doctors.” Zayday Williams, played by Palmer, “is brilliant and has graduated Wallace University in two years, very quickly. She is going to be a doctor, and has come to train with Dean Munsch.”
The actresses all screamed loudly and the packed theatre cheered in excitement.
“The Channels, as you know, were put into a mental institution and took their studies seriously while they were there…All of the girls will be medical students under the rule of Munsch and three hunky doctors,” Falchuk stated.
And Roberts and Michele, blurted out they hope one of the “hunky” guys will be Harry Styles or anyone from 1D, while Curtis is pulling for the Weeknd to make an appearance on the show.
Nash was anxious to hear what happened to her character and chimed in, “I need to know what happens to Denise Hemphill.”
“Well, she’s done her time in “Quantico,” which of course leads her to being FBI,” said Falchuk.
“I want to say something. We didn’t know this information,” Curtis laughs.
As for Hester played by Michele, Falchuk hinted at what’s about to come.
“In this hospital, there is funny business going on as well. There’s an aspect to the show that involves murder and killer and Hester will be intimately involved in that.”
Another big change happening with the show is that it’s moving from New Orleans to Los Angeles, something Curtis is grateful for.
“When Governor Schwarzenegger was elected, my friend, we really hoped he was going to basically give back to the community that gave him so much by bringing production back to California,” she told the audience.
“There has been an exodus out of California,” she said, commending the idea of “bringing production back to California, where the jobs should be.”