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Jamie Lee Curtis’ Tesla tale definitely goes to 11.

Curtis, the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, shot to fame in 1978 when she starred as Laurie Strode in Halloween and has been scaring audiences ever since.If any of the fall’s new shows works harder to win us over than “Scream Queens,” I don’t want to hear about it — I’m exhausted just from watching Tuesday night’s two-hour premiere.

You get this new series from him, a gruesome spoof that mixes teenage angst with serial killing. “Scream Queens” takes place at a sorority run by the impossibly snooty Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts). Now Curtis stars as university dean Cathy Munsch in Scream Queens opposite Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, and Skyler Samuels — but you get the feeling she won’t be watching it. “I scare very easily — and there is nothing about being scared that I like,” Curtis says. “It is not something I will pay money for. The industriousness of this Fox horror spoof is reflected in the game performance of its lead, Emma Roberts, who marches through her role as a sorority-house storm trooper with a slightly grim determination, hunting down laughs that aren’t always there.

Well, they sound a little bit like: “I am OBSESSED and will not eat, sleep or bathe until I see more.” (Note: If you have a friend who’s seen it, please check in on them during this difficult time.) Scream Queens—which premieres TOMORROW!—isn’t just the best new show of the season, but the most addictive new show in a very long time. Chanel is forced by her nemesis, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis), to take in a pledge class full of nerds, including one played by Lea Michele of “Glee.” “Scream Queens” is unapologetically over the top; it’s pure spoof, and it is often funny in a black-comic way. When she and Guest, famed for such films as This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman, arrived at the Tesla dealer, a representative from the high-end, electric-car manufacturer was there to show them all the functions of the vehicle Curtis was buying. “The guy was taking us through the controls of the car. The 15-episode “Scream Queens” was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, and it shares its plastered-on-smile quality with the first Falchuk-Murphy-Brennan collaboration, “Glee.” Also like “Glee,” and the Falchuk-Murphy show, “American Horror Story,” it’s a riff on and mash-up of genre conventions.

This glossy, glamorous, sophisticated horror-comedy from Ryan Murphy, starring Emma Roberts as the worst human being/sorority girl ever to exist—with stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Niecy Nash—is equal parts delicious and hilarious, and you will laugh harder than you have in a long time. But after just two hours, it also was already getting redundant and leaving us wondering where it could possibly go. “Limitless” 10 p.m., CBS The strongest of the many action-adventure shows coming to network television this fall. It also has a genius concept that will keep fans guessing and obsessing: There’s a serial killer on campus targeting the girls of Kappa Kappa Tau (lead by Roberts), and each week someone will get killed off, inching viewers closer to the final answer of who the killer is, who the baby is (a mystery introduced at the very beginning of the pilot), and who will be left alive for season two. What sets “Limitless” apart are believable action sequences and a kinetic script that doesn’t waste too much time on exposition. “Limitless” continues the story begun in the 2010 movie of the same name.

Make it go louder.’ So, I went up and – it goes to 11,” she said, echoing Nigel Tufnel, the Spinal Tap guitarist played by Guest in the 1984 film. Murphy has described it as “Halloween” meets “Heathers,” which looks about right, though you could come up with your own formulation — “Scream” meets “Animal House” or “Friday the 13th” meets “Legally Blonde.” Ms. Here, Murphy breaks down some cool insight on what to expect from Scream Queens—and his best advice to anyone trying to make their career dreams come true without sacrificing family… In the movie, Nigel shows off amplifier knobs that go to 11 to rockumentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), who notes that most amps go to 10. “Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it?” an utterly logical Nigel says. “I said to the guy, ‘The volume control goes to 11?’ He said, ‘Yes. (CEO Elon) Musk is a fan of a certain movie,’ ” she remembers. “So, Chris is sitting in the car and the guy doesn’t know it’s Chris. I think with some of my shows in the past, it starts off really strong, and then there’s a bit of a lag in the season, and then it ends on a bang, hopefully.

Unlike the “Scream” killers, who were fond of crank phone calls, this killer is happier to text a victim — even when standing in front of a victim. Finch joins up with an FBI agent (Jennifer Carpenter) to solve crimes and, of course, unravel the deadly conspiracy that put him where he is. “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” 10 p.m., NBC The worst show ever?

Like a lot of Murphy’s shows, there’s only enough good writing around for one performer, and that goes to Curtis, the original scream queen (“Halloween”). Now dead bodies are turning up — several in the first hour alone — and they seem connected to a mysterious figure in a full-length red devil suit.

She has her best role in decades as a frustrated feminist who once attended this school and now works off her stress by blackmailing Chad (Glen Powell), the Big Man on Campus, into having sex with her. The referential humor of “Scream Queens” tends to be better on the “Halloween” side of the equation than on the “Heathers” side, and some of its sendups of horror movies — or of horror-movie sendups — are pretty funny. A confrontation between the killer and a not-too-bright sorority sister in which they stand a few feet apart and text each other is a witty take on “Scream” conventions, as is a scene in which a rent-a-cop played by Niecy Nash enumerates the obviously ineffective ways in which she’ll provide security for the sorority. It is sort of a mashup of Kevin Williamson’s hit Scream movies with Jennifer Love Hewitt slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer. “For me, the horror genre has given me the greatest life,” Curtis says. “I have respect for them (horror movies and TV shows) even though I don’t personally love them. “Horror movies are not known for (the quality of) their language (scripts) so the idea that I am in a horror comedy where I get mouthfuls of thought is fantastic. Curtis’s winking, merry performance is its own self-contained slasher-film trope. “Scream Queens” bogs down, though, when it enters another familiar Brennan-Falchuk-Murphy territory, which could be called identity entertainment — their penchant for making any story, regardless of its subject matter or genre, deal largely in representations of (and gags about) gender, sexuality, race, class and whatever other categories they deem worthy of breaking down.

Her most recent TV role was as Dr Samantha Ryan opposite Mark Harmon on NCIS. “I have no discernible skills — I’m telling you the truth,” Curtis laughs. “I barely got out of high school. The stabs at humor mostly center on one person humiliating another, as when Chanel targets the house maid as “white mammy.” The racist, homophobic jibes just get tiring piled on one after another, and the premiere uses up this season’s and every season’s allotment of poo jokes, thank you very much. Believe me, calling those people and saying, ‘I’m sorry, but you’ve got to go this week’ has been incredibly upsetting because they all signed on for a year’s show.

It’s so fun to see John Travolta in full Robert Shapiro prosthetic makeup walk off the set and come to watch Lady Gaga do a scene, and meet her for the first time. So in the case of Scream Queens, we’ve been working on the script for a year and by the time we started shooting, we had more than half of them done and the rest obviously plotted out. I also feel like I have two little boys and I want them to see a father that they’re proud of, and hopefully can get something from in terms of work ethic and things like that. I’m not writing American Crime Story, rather that has a completely different writing staff and that’s something I signed on to as a fan because I read these first two scripts and I’m like, ‘Why aren’t these getting made?’ These are the two best scripts I’ve ever read. I have [] and Ian [Brennan] and Tim Minear and James Wong, just an incredible group of collaborators all of whom have really stepped up and who are excited about it.

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