The last of the broadcast network genre shows has fallen and now we know the status of almost all the 2016-17 entries thus far with the exception of a few of the cable and streaming shows. FOX made the expected announcement today that Scream Queens will not be returning for a third season. That show had mediocre at best ratings in its first year, but it trended well on the social networks and came from American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, so the network decided to keep it around for a second season. But its numbers dropped even further when it returned, making it one of the network’s lowest rated shows. According to Fox chairman Gary Newman, “Ryan felt that he told the story over the two seasons, he felt the story was complete”. But then if the show had better ratings, I’m guessing he would have come up with a few more stories to tack on. I figure that this one will get added to the AHS syndication package at some point since both shows come from the same creators and studio. That’s likely the real reason that FOX keep it around for a second season because they knew they would eventually recoup their money.
Scream Queens is a season-long anthology series that pays homage to classic slasher horror movies with the first season taking place in a sorority and the second in a hospital. Among its regular and recurring cast members were Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
With that announcement, we can pretty much put the 2016-17 regular season in the bag (with the exception of those few stragglers). But scheduling announcements and new show pickups will continue to come out this week with the Upfronts going, and I will be covering most of that over at SciFiTVSite.com. Be sure to also stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for updates and breaking news relating to ratings results, renewals, and cancellations.