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Ryan Murphy Claims To Have Invented The Genre Of Horror-Comedy

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While we're super optimistic about the idea behind Ryan Murphy's new female-lead, Fox horror comedy series, Scream Queens, someone needs to tell Murphy about Buffy (and Evil Dead and A-Haunting We Will Go and Beetlejuice and Cabin in the Woods).

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Looking at a press release for Fox's new horror anthology series Scream Queens, Slashfilm writer Russ Fischer and Bad Ass Digest both pointed out an odd statement by the Glee and American Horror Story creator:

"I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing SCREAM QUEENS," commented [Ryan] Murphy. "We hope to create a whole new genre – comedy-horror – and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We've already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles, and we're very grateful to Dana and Gary for their enthusiastic support."

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Someone should tell Murphy that horror comedy has been around for fucking ever.

Sigh. Moving on, in more positive news, we love the idea that Scream Queens will be a yearly rebooted series led by women. According to the press release, "The first installment in the new anthology series revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders." So far, Fox has ordered 15 one-hour episodes. And the series is set to premiere in Fall 2015. And then, (like AHS) the next season (if it gets picked up) will reboot the whole storyline once again. Fun.

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craigmichaelranapia
Craig Michael Ranapia

Sigh. Moving on, in more positive news, we love the idea that Scream Queens will be a yearly rebooted series led by women.

Which would be slightly more impressive if Murphy wasn't so damn keen on those women being raped, tortured, sadistically punished for being sexual beings, creepy old psychobitches or (if you have the great misfortune to be one of the rare women of colour in a Ryan Murphy joint) an anthology of racist pop culture tropes on top of the casual misogyny.

(And no, I'm not going to break out the oven fresh cookies for Murphy just because he's hired women who've been through menopause as well as puberty. To paraphrase Chris Rock, you don't get a fucking medal for doing shit people should just do.)

Apart from the obvious, what really fucks me off is that Hollywood isn't exactly over-supplied with female-lead projects but I'll be damned if I'm not going to expect better because it can be done. In the UK, Call The Midwife is a massively successful woman-centered show (not only on-screen but behind the scenes) that doesn't wallow in casual misogyny and degradation of women. It's only as hard as you choose to make it, people.