‘Scream Queens’ Co-Creator on the Premiere: “Everyone Is a Suspect”

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Ariana Grande talks LGBT rights, breakup anthems in candid V Magazine interview.

Prepare to scream like you’ve never screamed before! From the same minds that brought us Glee and American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan are back with one of the fall’s most anticipated series, Scream Queens.Ryan Murphy’s latest candy-colored romp, Scream Queens debuts on Fox Tuesday night, and while the horror-comedy – which stars Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lea Michele – is uniquely fresh ode to slasher flicks, it follows in the footsteps of many films and TV shows that paid homage to college Greek life.Pop star Ariana Grande dropped several F-bombs when she opened up to TV producer Ryan Murphy in a candid interview for V Magazine on everything from LBGT rights to her reputation for being a diva. “When my brother came out of the closet, it wasn’t a big deal for my family.

Premiering on Tuesday, the horror-comedy anthology will introduce an exciting cast of characters — and some of the faces will be familiar to most viewers. Described by star Emma Roberts as “Mean Girls meets Friday the 13th,” EW has compiled a study guide to keep you informed on all the interviews, trailers, plot tidbits, and big-name casting you could need as we head into the premiere.

While there’s a rich history of sororities as horror settings (consider Black Christmas, Sorority Massacre, Sorority Row and The House on Sorority Row), we’ll let you explore those ill-fated organizations on your own – if you dare. Even my grandpa, who is like, super old-school, was like, Good for you!” “When you see someone you love hurting, for such a superficial, bulls–t reason, it’s like, how small and spiritually unenlightened and dumb as f–k can a person be?” No references were made to Grande’s July 4 doughnut fiasco — in which she was accused of licking the pastries in a California bakery while saying, “I hate America.” But the former “Sam & Cat” star did tackle rumors that she’s a diva who needs to be carried around backstage during performances and on the set of videos. “I posted a picture with my friend Gryphon carrying me after a video shoot because I was doing pointe,’ she told Murphy. “ At this point I hadn’t done pointe in like, five years. Emma Roberts killed it as Chanel Oberlin, a sorority girl whose life comes crashing down when Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) makes House Kappa open its doors to mere plebes. Instead, in the darkly humorous spirit of the Queens behold some of our picks for favorite (and funniest) members of film and TV’s Pan-Hellenic Council. So I was up on my box all day on a 15-hour shoot, and to go from not doing pointe for five years to being on your tippy-toes for a 15-hour shoot day, you’re pretty much f—-d at the end of the day.” Grande also teased her new album, “Moonlight,” set for a release this fall.

Curtis has acted in a number of box office hits during her illustrious film career, including “Trading Places,” “A Fish Called Wanda” and “True Lies,” the last of which she won a Golden Globe award for with her performance. She called it the “most personal” album she’s made so far and that “it’s scary, it’s vulnerable and kind of terrifying.” One thing fans won’t hear on the record: musings about her publicized breakup with rapper Big Sean. Actress, singer, and author Lea Michele, otherwise known as the ever-ambitious Rachel Berry on Fox’s hit series “Glee,” was once a Broadway child star. In a tumultuous period of change—the dean wants the sisters to let everyone who’s interested join the sorority; the horror!—someone has decided to pay the Kappas back.

During her interview with Gifford and Kotb, Curtis – who was wearing a tiara given to her by a close friend because “every queen needs a crown” – also revealed that she didn’t see Ryan Murphy’s script before she decided to sign on to the project. “I got a call from Ryan Murphy, and I actually didn’t read [the script] until two, three weeks before we started shooting,” Curtis said. “So there were six months where everyone would say, ‘How’s the new show?’ and I’d [shrug]”. “It is the genre they gave me my career, and I am therefore respectful of it. On the “Great White Way,” Michele tackled the roles of Young Cosette in “Les Miserables” at the age of eight and Wendla in the revival of “Spring Awakening” in 2006. A killer has stolen the school’s mascot costume, which just so happens to be a Red Devil, and is using it to spread something a little more ominous than school spirit. For the first time in forever, we’re seeing that kind of quasi-glamorized, quasi-villified mean girl again, on Fox’s new horror-comedy Scream Queens.

Oliver Hudson, brother of Golden Globe winner and fitness brand founder Kate Hudson, has made a noteworthy mark as an actor in many film and television shows, namely in the successful country musical drama “Nashville.” The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member shined on the long-running sketch comedy show with her celebrity impersonations (M.I.A; Kim Kardashian; Arianna Huffington; Barbara Walters) and recurring characters (Bedelia; Pippa; Shallon). These ladies were living their best lives until their sorority was invaded by candle vlogging basics, including good girl Grace Gardner (Skyler Samuels), who dreamed of joining Kappa like her late mother did before her.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that other scaredy-cats should avoid the show themselves: “It really has become a hybrid where you provide big comic element with really scary elements,” she says. “And I think that’s not necessarily unique anymore but when you add Ryan Murphy through it, it becomes a wicked social satire.” The Iranian-American actress has mainly starred in other comedic television shows such as “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “New Girl.” Nash also has experience as a television host on the the once-labeled Style Network for “Clean House,” a role that helped her snag an Emmy award in 2010. Chanel was majorly buggin’ due to Kappa’s influx of plebe pledges, so she did what any normal person would do…pretended to boil her maid’s head in a vat of oil to scare everyone off.

When a security guard (Niecy Nash) lists all the ineffective ways she’s prepared to protect Kappa House, she’s winking at the self-aware genre comedy of Scream. Chanel refers to them as Chanel No. 2, Chanel No. 3. and Chanel No. 5, respectively. (Nobody knows what happened to Chanel No. 4.) Nick Jonas’ character, Boone, is a member of a golfing fraternity.

Chad Michael Murray (be still, our One Tree Hill-loving hearts) will play Brad Radwell, the older brother of frat star Chad Radwell, played by Glen Powell. While Grace initially tried to contact the authorities, she ended up helping Chanel and her sorority sisters –– including mega-nerd Hester Ulrich (Lea Michele) –– dispose of the body in a freezer. Still, watching the Chanels work their magic, it’s obvious why this vintage mean-girl archetype is not as popular now, in this It Gets Better era when every queen bee from Jennifer Lawrence to Taylor Swift claims she was bullied in high school. We don’t know much about him, but we do know that he spray-tanned Chanel’s predecessor with hydrochloric acid, and it only took him about five minutes to murder Ariana Grande. Yes. “Whoever survives — and there will be people who survive — they will go on next season to a new location and a new terror,” Murphy told EW in April.

But with its sharp wit and rat-a-tat dialogue, Glee sometimes sounded like it was longing to laugh at these nerds as often as it laughed along with them. Case in point: Chanel No. 1 greets Kappa’s recruits by barking, “Good evening, idiot hookers!” At times, it’s hard to tell if Scream Queens is satirizing mean girls or acting like a mean girl itself. The most interesting characters are the misfit pledges: Grace, her black roommate Zayday (Keke Palmer), a deaf woman named Tiffany (Whitney Meyer), the neck-braced Hester (Lea Michelle), the lesbian “Predatory Lez” (Jeanna Han), and Jennifer (Breezy Eslin), a “candle vlogger” who reviews candles on YouTube. (“I call this one the Nancy Meyers Experience, because it smells like creamy couches and menopause.”) These women get all the best one-liners, and they also serve up the smartest meta-commentary about race, gender, sexuality, and class, which might make you assume that the show sides with these so-called losers. But hey, at least Grace’s hot dad, Wes Gardner (Oliver Hudson), was lurking on campus to protect his daughter –– though considering he started a love connection with Kappa’s ’90s-obsessed lawyer, Gigi Caldwell (Nasim Pedrad), he might be pretty useless.

But that’s not the case when Scream Queens pushes easy shock value for its own sake, as when Chanel repeatedly insists that Kappa’s maid call her “white mammy” and the other sorority sisters force the poor woman to say she “don’t know nothin’ bout birthin’ no babies.” (Also: today’s sorority girls still quote Gone with the Wind? She befriended a hot-but-nerdy barista/journalist named Pete Martinez (Diego Boneta), and together they decided to restore Kappa to its former glory by taking down Chanel.

One scene finds Tiffany mistaking her fellow Kappa pledges’ screaming for a Taylor Swift sing-along — a joke so tasteless, I almost turned off my TV. The good news is that Pete and Grace learned about Kappa’s sinister ’90s past: Turns out a girl died in the bathtub after unexpectedly giving birth during a party, and Dean Munsch covered it up! And yet, thinking about these scenes later, I wondered whether outright cruelty might be slightly more thought-provoking than the type of facile anti-bullying message that allows viewers to pat themselves on the backs.

Chanel and Chad broke up and got back together more times than we can count in this episode, but things ended on a low note when Chanel caught her man spooning Boone and went on a homophobic rant. Chanel agrees to accept a gay pledge at Kappa House not because she’s compassionate but because she loves positive publicity and knows the move will light up social media. When local news reporters descend upon Dean Munsch, questioning her about the devil-mask killer, tearful students lurk in the background, taking selfies and giving faux-devastated interviews about a victim they’ve never even met. “I’ve got news for you, self-involved junior,” the Dean thinks to herself. “Just because you know a guy who was in a class with the dead girl’s roommate does not mean that it could have been you.” The idea that empathy might stem from self-interest also feels like a sly indictment of the viewer. But for me, its critique extends to viewers of all ages. “My shrink says these kids are the most messed-up of any generation they’ve seen because their parents made life so easy for them,” says the sorority’s attorney Gigi (Nasim Pedrad). “It’s like they can’t handle adversity.” Sometimes I worry about that same weakness with viewers, too.

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