Scream Queens original cast returning for season 2: PaleyFest panel
The stars of the breakout hit horror comedy Scream Queens will be back for season 2.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourde, Emma Roberts, and Niecy Nash are all reprising their roles for the horror anthology’s sophomore season, Curtis announced during the show’s PaleyFest panel Saturday night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. “According to the boss, we all are going to be back,” she told the audience.
Executive producer Brad Falchuk also confirmed that actor Glenn Powell would return as Chad Radwell, and three new actors are joining as “studly, hot doctors.”
Falchuk offered some details about the new season’s plot, which is set in a hospital instead of a college. “What’s happened is that Dean Munsch (Curtis) has moved on to great success,” he told the panel audience. “She’s abolished the Greek system in the country, she’s written her book, she’s traveled the world, and she says, ‘I need a new mission. I need a new battle.’ And she identifies healthcare as her new battle.”
Munsch buys a hospital with dreams of changing the system and taking on cases nobody else will take on.
Falchuk also revealed where the major characters have found themselves at the start of season 2: Zayday (Palmer) has graduated from Wallace in two years and is training to become a doctor; Denise (Nash) has joined the FBI, where she’s risen in the ranks; and the Chanels (Breslin, Roberts, Lourd) are in a mental institution. “In the era of Making a Murderer, some documentarian might say, ‘I’m going to take on that case of the red devil,'” Falchuk joked.
But don’t expect the showrunners to reveal too many details.
“I loved that last year, the mystery was such a mystery,” Falchuk said when asked if one of the existing characters would play the new killer. “I’d love to keep that part secret.”
“That secrecy is what makes it so good,” Curtis added, “because we didn’t know, and if we didn’t know, you really don’t know, and if you really don’t know, you really want to know… That secrecy is what I think made Scream Queens so great all season long.”