It opened up a whole new level of possibility for broadcast TV — a comedy horror! — but all good things must come to an end: Scream Queens will not return for a third season on Fox.
The network opted against another year of the drama from uber-producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Fulchuk and Ian Brennan after the series that stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, and Lea Michele only averaged 2.3 million viewers this season and a mere 1.0 rating among adults 18-49.
The series took place at a fictional university and kicked off in 2015 with a serial killer wreaking havoc inside a sorority. The cast was seriously legit: besides the aforementioned trio of actresses, it also featured Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, Niecy Nash, Keke Palmer, John Stamos, Taylor Lautner, and Kirstie Alley.
On a conference call with reporters early Monday, Fox executives said they had no plans to air the show again and felt Murphy and co. told a complete story.
“Scream Queens was an anthological series,” Fox co-chair Gary Newman said. “Ryan told the story of a group of characters he created over the course of the two seasons. It feels as if it was a complete story, we have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories. We won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”
Scream Queens joins Sleepy Hollow and Rosewood as shows that received the ax from Fox heading into the fall. The network announced Sunday that New Girl will return for an abbreviated final season at an undisclosed date. Head here to see the full Fox fall lineup.