Scream Queens
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General Information
Genre Horror-comedy
Opening theme "You Belong to Me" by Heather Heywood
Ending theme “You Belong To Me“ by Heather Heywood
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Distributors 20th Century Fox Television
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Cast & Crew
Created by Ryan Murphy
Brad Falchuk
Ian Brennan
Starring Emma Roberts
Skyler Samuels
Lea Michele
Glen Powell
Diego Boneta
Abigail Breslin
Keke Palmer
Nasim Pedrad
Lucien Laviscount
Oliver Hudson
Billie Lourd
Jamie Lee Curtis
John Stamos
Taylor Lautner
James Earl
Kirstie Alley
First aired September 22, 2015
Last aired December 20, 2016
Other Information

Scream Queens is a horror-comedy slasher TV series that ran on Fox from 2015 to 2016. The first season was ordered on October 20, 2014, and the second season was announced on January 15, 2016. The series was created and run by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The series began filming during March 2015. The show had its world premiere on July 8th at the 2015 Comic-Con and premiered on September 22, 2015 on television.[1][2] Murphy, Falchuk, and Brennan also served as writers and directors, and Brian Grazer and Dante Di Loreto joined them as executive producers. The series was officially cancelled by Fox on May 15, 2017.

The series begins when all hell is about to break loose on the Wallace University campus when, exactly 20 years after a mysterious tragedy, a devil-clad killer begins to target the sisters of Kappa House. The super-charged comedy-horror series is a modern take on the classic whodunit with a killer cast. With at least one casualty each week until the mystery is solved, anyone could be the next victim - or the murderer.[3]

The second season graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny murder mystery will begin once again. This time, the show was set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.[4]


Development and conception

Scream Queens creators (from left to right): Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, and Ian Brennan

On October 20, 2014, it was announced that Fox had ordered a 13-episode season of Scream Queens, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan who also co-created Fox's musical hit TV series Glee. "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", Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairman-CEOs of Fox Television Group, said after wanting another TV series reuniting the creative team that delivered Glee. "The genre-bending concept, which blends true horror with big comedic moments, and the diverse and unforgettable characters will make this an interesting and exciting new show," they say.

Murphy wanted to work with his good friends Falchuk and Brennan again on something comedic after Glee, "and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens", he said. He confirmed that every season will revolve around two female leads. A nationwide search for those women during Season One, as well as 10 other supporting roles, started late 2014. Jamie Lee Curtis is an actress that Murphy has always wanted for his works, and he wrote the series for her.[5]

Anthology series American Horror Story's executive producers; Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan, Grazer and Dante Di Loreto; will also work together for this project.

"It's anthological in nature, but there's a catch to it," Murphy said of Scream Queens' secret twist. "I can't reveal because it's different than American Horror Story, which resets completely every year. This doesn't do that."[5]


In December 2014, it was reported that Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis would be featured as the two lead roles. In January 2015, Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, Keke Palmer, and Abigail Breslin joined the main cast of the series; as well as actress/singer Ariana Grande in a recurring capacity. Later that month it was announced that Nick Jonas would recur throughout the first season. Skyler Samuels, new comer Billie Lourd, Lucien Laviscount, Diego Boneta, and Glen Powell joined the main cast during February 2015. YouTube personalities, twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes, and Niecy Nash joined the recurring cast the same month.

In March 2015, Nasim Pedrad joined the cast as a series regular, while Breezy Eslin joined as a recurring character. The same month, Manganiello left the cast because the series couldn’t accommodate his commitments to promoting the film Magic Mike XXL internationally. Oliver Hudson joined the cast replacing Manganiello's role.[6]

On June 24, 2015, it was announced that Charisma Carpenter has joined the cast in a recurring capacity, playing the mother of Ariana Grande's character.[7] The next day Roger Bart was cast as the father.[8]


It was reported that filming was expected to commence in April 2015. The college Campus where Scream Queens will be filmed confirmed via Twitter that Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, and Nick Jonas will start shooting for the series during March 2015, a month before it was supposed to begin filming.[9] Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Nasim Pedrad, Diego Boneta, Abigail Breslin, Nick Jonas, and Curtis were on set on March 13, 2015, confirming that filming started that day.[10][11][12] Shooting for the series went on hiatus on April 23, 2015, and resumed on June 17.[13][14]


Main article: Category:Episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 September 22, 2015 December 8, 2015
2 10 September 20, 2016 December 20, 2016


Changes between the original and the edited second promo

The first teaser trailer of the series was released by Fox on February 13, 2015 on YouTube, as a Friday the 13th day gift. The next Black Friday, March 13, 2015, Fox sent Scream Queens gifts to promote the series.[15][16][17][18][19] The same day, a second promo featuring Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin was released.[20] However, it was later edited and relaunched, cutting out the letters "KNT" that were read on Robert's shirt, and changing the name of the fraternity house on the background, from "KNT" to "KKT".[21] On March 18, 2015, a new teaser featuring Keke Palmer as Zayday was released after Fox's Empire's season finale. A fourth promo was leaked on April 8, 2015, featuring Roberts once again, one day later it was officially released.[22][23] On April 17, 2015, Entertainment Weekly released three official posters of the series, confirming that the premiere of Scream Queens would be held in September of that year.[24] A new teaser was uploaded to the official Scream Queens YouTube channel on May 4,[25] and another during May 13 with actual footage of the series. On May 22 an Inside look was released.

On May 11, 2015, a full-length trailer was showed at the Fox Upfronts 2015, and was officialy released on May 19, 2015.[26] The Hollywood Reporter released a new poster on May 29, 2015.[27] On June 5, 2015, the eighth teaser was released.[28] On June 8, 2015, behind the scenes footage of the promotional photoshoot session was released on the series' YouTube account. The ninth teaser, featuring part of the cast, was released on June 15.[29]

The official release date of the series, September 22, 2015, was announced on June 24, and the next day it was announced that the premiere there will be a 2-hour premire.[2][30]

The first promotional cast pictures were released on June 20. Two other teasers were released on July 2, 2015.

Scream Queens being promoted on trains of the San Diego Trolley

Posters of the series has been distributed across United States, especially Los Angeles and New York, to promote it. An exclusive poster was seen exclusively at Six Flags early summer. Ahead of its September premiere, Scream Queens will have branded attractions at seven different Six Flags parks across the country: Six Flags Over Georgia; Six Flags Great Adventure – Gurnee, IL; Six Flags Fiesta Texas; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, CA; Six Flags St. Louis; Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, CA; and Six Flags New England.


  • Ryan Murphy called singer Taylor Swift to do an episode of Scream Queens for its first season, but she declined because she was on tour at the time.[31]
  • The first season was originally supposed to be subtitled Sorority Row, but Ryan declined it because Scream Queens won't be a fresh new anthology story like his other project American Horror Story.
  • Scream Queens was originally the name of a reality TV series that aired on VH1 in 2008 and 2010 in which a group of aspiring actresses competed for a role in an upcoming Saw film.
  • Ryan Murphy said if Jamie Lee Curtis didn't star in it he wouldn't have made the series.
  • Scream Queens won a 2016 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
  • Every season was supposed to have a new pair of female leads. However, this idea was scrapped and the same characters continue to the next season.


On February 3, 2019, Murphy stated on Instagram that he has been talking with Roberts, Michele, and Lourd about a possible future season or movie of Scream Queens. He asked fans to comment ideas and suggestions.[32] On May 5, 2020, Murphy commented on Instagram that he is "working" on the third season.


Title Sequence

The main title sequence was released on Ryan Murphy's YouTube channel in September 2nd, 2015. The sequence featured an original song called "You Belong To Me", which was co-written by the show’s composer Mac Quayle, singer Heather Heywood, executive producer Alexis Woodall, and was sung by Heywood.

The full title sequence is rarely shown on the show. Usually, only the Scream Queens logo (as seen at the end of the title sequence) is shown for one or two seconds, several minutes into the episode. Pumpkin Patch is the only episode where a version of the title sequence is shown.

In season 2, the theme song was used as the closing theme.




  1. Comic-Con to Host ‘Scream Queens’ Premiere, ‘American Horror Story’ & ‘Sleepy Hollow’
  2. 2.0 2.1 Emma Roberts on Instagram: It's all happening!!!! #ScreamQueens
  3. Scream Queens - Special Preview - Press Release
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ryan Murphy Spills New Details on Lady Gaga's 'AHS' Debut, 'Scream Queen's Twist & More!
  6. Oliver Hudson Joins ‘Scream Queens’ As Joe Manganiello Has To Pull Out
  7. NEWS/ Charisma Carpenter Joins Scream Queens And You Will Love Who She's Playing
  8. NEWS/ Scream Queens Scoop! Ariana Grande's Dad Will Be Played By This Revenge Star...
  9. CampusConnection on Twitter: Look for Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, and Nick Jonas on campus! #Tulane
  10. Rain of terror! Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis and Nasim Pedrad brave the wet weather as they begin filming new black comedy series Scream Queens
  11. Abigail Breslin on Twitter: Day one of @ScreamQueens done. Here we go... 😈💜
  12. Nick Jonas on Twitter: Just finished my first day of @ScreamQueens this should be fun... 😈
  13. Film New Orleans - Current Productions
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  15. Leanne Aguilera on Instagram: A fun Friday the 13th treat from my future fall obsession #ScreamQueens! #cantwait
  16. Seriouslyomg on Instagram: Fox sent this out to promote Ryan Murphy's show #ScreamQueens that debuts in the fall.
  17. Siouxland News on Twitter:Thanks for the gumballs @ScreamQueens we are "dying" to see the show this fall! #screamqueens
  18. Chris Harnick on Twitter: Fox did not let Friday the 13th pass them up! Early #screamqueens promotion
  19. Joe 'Monk' Pardavila on Twitter: Thank you FOX for the Scream Queens swag. I always wanted a pink drinking cup and pink gum balls. #FOX #ScreamQueens
  20. Scream Queens Video: Emma Roberts Pops in Fox Comedy's New Teaser
  21. Scream Queens Season 1 Teaser Trailer #2, Chanel Bubblegum FOX HD
  22. SCREAM QUEENS | Chanel “Makeup Knife” Tease Leaked
  23. SCREAM QUEENS | "Chanel Knife" Teaser Official
  24. Scream Queens exclusive: See three new posters for fall's horror comedy
  25. ‘Scream Queens’ New Teaser: A Text Conversation Turns Deadly — Watch
  26. The Full Scream Queens Trailer Has Arrived!
  27. Check Out the Hair-Raising New 'Scream Queens' Poster (Exclusive)
  28. Scream Queens Leave a Pretty Corpse in this New Teaser
  29. Scream Queens First Look: Warning, You're Gonna Die Over This New Promo!
  30. Scream Queens on Twitter: This is for real! The 2-hour #ScreamQueens premiere is in less than 3 months. RT to rush #KKT! 🔪💋
  31. Ryan Murphy Offered Taylor Swift A Role In ‘Scream Queens’ — Interview
  32. Ryan Murphy on Instagram: "So many people recently have been asking me about rebooting or continuing SCREAM QUEENS (RIP, taken too soon). Emma, Billie, Lea and I have mused on it, but question: should it be a six episode limited? A catch up movie? Who should I bring back? Would love your thoughts. So many questions...."

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