Ryan Murphy has a mission: bring campy horror back from television purgatory, and make it cool again. The creator of "Glee," "Nip/Tuck," and the "American Horror Story" anthology series has a recognizable style that instantly identifies his work. The trailer for Murphy's newest show, "Scream Queens," is no different. As soon as you see the new three-minute promo, you can immediately tell that no one but Murphy could have thought up this insane story. We've identified at least five ways "Scream Queens" is similar to Murphy's other projects.
"Scream Queens" won't debut until the fall, but like the rest of Murphy's series, it's already generating buzz and fan theories. The show takes place at the fictional Wallace University. (Now that "Glee" has ended, it seems Murphy has graduated from high school and moved on to college.) A group of misfit pledges try to join the elite Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, much to the annoyance of the sorority's leader, Chanel Oberlin. Things get particularly nasty during "Hell Week," aka the week all the pledges get hazed by their future sorority sisters, when a mystery killer in a devil costume starts terrorizing the sorority house.
Sounds like the ideal mix of silly and scary that Murphy has perfected. Here are the five things that "Scream Queens" has in common with other Murphy shows:
1. It features past collaborators.
As any Murphy fan could tell you, "Scream Queens" is the first big post-"Glee" project for Lea Michelle, who got her big break when she was cast as a lead in that show. It only makes sense she would want to keep working with the man who made her a star.
"Scream Queens" main mean girl, Chanel, is also played by one of Murphy's past performers: Emma Roberts, who also had a role in "American Horror Story: Freak Show."
2. The cast includes professional singers.
Of course the creator of "Glee" was going to involve some music biz celebs in his new project. Nick Jonas and Arianna Grande are both featured in the trailer.
3. The "Geeks vs. Popular Kids" theme.
This is a popular trope in a lot of Murphy's work. Obviously, "Glee" was about a group of underdogs, but so were several seasons of "American Horror Story," as well as the very first TV show Murphy created, "Popular," which aired from 1999 to 2001.
4. The dialogue comes fast and mean.
Remember, this is the man who created Sue Sylvester. Of course he's going to get a well-phrased zinger in at every opportunity.
5. The horror, the horror.
This show looks scary good.
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