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.”