Scream Queens has been renewed for a 2nd season. Empire will also be back for a 3rd season. Check out the news below!
“Scream Queens” has been renewed for Season 2, and the new season will feature an all-new setting: a hospital.
The renewal was announced Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., by chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
Despite the ratings, throughout its first season, insiders told Variety “Scream Queens” would most definitely return for a new installment, given the network’s faith in audience’s viewing habits and interest in the show, not to mention Fox’s strong relationship with Murphy — one of their most important and talented content creators. However, sources say while Fox execs were happy with the creative direction of the first set of episodes, they knew the show could not return without a wider appeal, as the sorority theme of Season 1 alienated viewers, mostly appealing to much younger females. (The hospital theme of Season 2 immediately feels less “bubblegum,” and should bring in more male viewers.)
The second season is described as being set in a hospital where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. While no casting for Season 2 has been announced, at the end of the first season, in which Lea Michele’s character Hester was revealed to be the killer, Michele spoke to Variety, teasing the future of “Scream Queens.”
“I do know what Ryan’s plan is and it’s really fun,” she said. “It’s an homage to another classic horror film. This year was ‘Heathers.’ Next season would be a take on another classic girl film. I’ve had a great time playing Hester, and hopefully she’ll be back to play next year.”
The first season ended with Roberts’ character, Chanel Oberlin, and some of the other Chanels in a mental institution, though per Fox’s description, it does sound like the hospital in Season 2 will be mental.
Empire won’t be drip-dropping off the schedule anytime soon.
Fox handed out an early season three renewal to the hip-hop drama Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
The pickup comes almost a year to the day after the series earned a second season pickup at Fox’s last winter press tour presentation, which came just weeks into the series’ run.
It’s unclear how many episodes season three will run. The series’ breakout freshman series spanned just 12 episodes. But after the stunning ratings success of the drama, Fox upped season two to 18 episodes, which has been split into two parts. After a three-month hiatus, Empire returns with new episodes on Wednesday, March 30.
Empire was also the only broadcast series to compete for best drama series at Sunday’s Golden Globes. Although the series lost to another rookie series, Mr. Robot, star Taraji P. Henson took home the globe for best actress in a drama series.
The renewal comes as Fox looks to expand its relationship with co-creator Lee Daniels. The director is also working on a new pilot about an Atlanta-based girl group for the network. Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt lead the cast, which also includes several newcomers.