Ryan Murphy is getting another anthology series on the air.
Fox has handed a 15 episode straight-to-series order to Scream Queens, a comedy-horror anthology series from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, TVWise has learned.
Scream Queens will initially revolve around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders. Much like Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, subsequent seasons of Scream Queens will feature new settings, storylines and characters. Production begins this Spring for a Fall 2015 premiere.
The 15 episode drama is the first series order that new Fox toppers Gary Newman and Dana Walden have made since assuming control of the network over the Summer. It is being produced by Fox’s sister studio 20th Century Fox Television and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, all three of who co-created the series.
“I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens”, said Ryan Murphy. “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, and we’re very grateful to Dana and Gary for their enthusiastic support.”
With the pickup, Ryan Murphy will have three anthology series on the air in 2015. In addition to Scream Queens, he also has cable series American Horror Story – which was recently picked up for a fifth season – and American Crime Story, which got a straight-to-series order at FX earlier this month.
“One of our top priorities at the network has been to get Ryan Murphy to create a new series for Fox. We loved every element of the pitch for this show — the genre-bending concept, which blends true horror with big comedic moments; the diverse and unforgettable characters; and reuniting the phenomenal creative team that delivered Glee”, added Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Scream Queens will go straight to series. It’s a huge commitment and an expression of our faith in Ryan. We are ecstatic to have him, along with Brad, Ian and Dante, as our partners on this exciting ride.”