Fox fuses comedy and horror in a new series

Sam Bizenov, A&E Editor

After creating shows ranging from the chirpy dramedy musical series Glee to the chilling American Horror Story, producer Ryan Murphy has come out with his newest contribution to Fox.  Scream Queens brings both horror and comedy to the table, fusing Murphy’s two prior series.

This anthology follows sorority house Kappa Kappa Tau and the mysterious murders that occur involving its members as well as others associated with the Wallace University chapter.

Secrets and lies are uncovered from the sorority’s past and present, revealing the harsh truths that lie within the house.

Among these ruthless sorority girls is the brutal Chanel Oberlin, played by Emma Roberts.  Chanel finds herself surrounded by a swarm of enemies, including the University Dean (Jamie Lee Curtis), and the mysterious murderer who sports the school’s red devil mascot as his/her disguise.

The show follows the red devil mascot through each of his/her murders as well as attempted murders. Each character squirms at the sight of the red and black cloak and spiked horns. The sorority girls spend their time trying to figure out who the mysterious devil is and attempting to  make sense of the murder.

Advertised for its star-studded cast, the series also features Lea Michele (Hester Urlich), Abigal Breslin (Chanel #5) and guest stars like Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas.

“I was excited to start this new show because I’m obsessed with Nick Jonas, but I was so upset when I found out that he wouldn’t be a reoccurring role,” said senior Kayla Shafkowitz.

Others also found themselves disappointed by the fact that the show highlighted these stars in advertisements, when in reality they would only be seen in few episodes.

“When I found out Nick Jonas was in this show, I needed to watch it.  I feel like the commercials made it seem like he was going to be a main character just to get more viewers,” said junior Lauren Ambos.

After its two-hour premiere aired on Sept. 22, Scream Queens was met with fewer viewers than expected.  After major social media hype, the 4.0 million viewers was a disappointing number for Murphy.

However, numbers bumped to 7.3 million viewers only three days later due to sites like Hulu and Fox Now.

“The story of the fall is just how much people are time-shifting and watching programming in new and much more dramatic ways than even six months ago,” said Ryan Murphy in an interview with Variety Magazine.

Scream Queens offers viewers the ability to laugh and scream, which is unlike many shows out there.  With this deadly combination of gore and comedy, those who watch can expect to feel a wide variety of emotions.