“According to the boss, we’re all going to be back,” Jamie Lee Curtis announced Saturday night at PaleyFest.
Curtis confirmed that among those joining her in the second season of Fox’s “Scream Queens” will be Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Lea Michele and Niecy Nash. Curtis and others talked up the show during a lively discussion at the Dolby Theatre, moderated by Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum.
The serialized horror-comedy hails from the hyphenate trio behind “Glee”: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Season one of “Scream Queens” proved to be a social media juggernaut if not a ratings monster for the network.
Falchuk revealed that season two’s previously announced hospital setting will draw inspiration from the classic horror franchise “Halloween,” which was partially set in a hospital and starred Curtis in four installments. Season two of the series will be filmed in Los Angeles, relocating from New Orleans where season one was shot, after the show nabbed California film incentive tax credits.
Falchuk disclosed that the hospital will be run by Curtis’ Dean Cathy Munsch character from season one. The college administrator from season one “has moved on to great success” after abolishing the college Greek system and traveled the world in search of a new mission, he said.
“She will take on the cases no one else will take and the conditions everyone says are incurable,” said Falchuk, to which Curtis immediately added, “And fix the broken system!”
Here are the “Scream Queens” Season 2 character descriptions:
The Chanels (Roberts, Breslin, Lourd): Following up on the season finale, the Chanels have been committed to mental institution, where they’ll be studying under their former nemesis Dean Munsch. “Things have been flipped around,” said Falchuk.
Hester (Michele): While Falchuk didn’t detail Hester (a.k.a. Chanel #6’s) role in the operations of the hospital, he said, “In this hospital, there’s some funny business going as well. There’s an aspect to this show that involves murder and a killer and in those ways Hester is going to be intimately involved.”
Zayday (Palmer): After graduating from Wallace University in two years, Zayday will be training to become a doctor under the supervision of Dean Munsch.
Dean Munsch (Curtis): After traveling the world in search of a new passion, Dean Munsch buys a hospital and will “run this hospital the way she sees fit.”
Denise (Nash): Denise is now a member of the FBI and will cross paths with the other characters when her expertise is needed to solve the worsening problems at the hospital.
Falchuk also confirmed the return of actor Glen Powell and the addition of three new characters, who he described as “stud-ly doctors.”
Curtis repeatedly insisted that the casting and plot details were unknown to the cast until Falchuk’s disclosure during the panel. “That secrecy is what I think made ‘Scream Queens’ so great all season long,” she said.
(Pictured: Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Niecy Nash and Keke Palmer)