Fox has canceled the horror spoof, Scream Queens, after two seasons and 23 episodes.
The show, which featured an ensemble cast of young actresses including Lea Michelle, Emma Roberts and Abigail Breslin, featured a serial killer targeting sorority girls at a large university.
Scream Queens, which was co-produced by Ryan Murphy (American Horror, Glee, Feud), was a relative hit with the critics with season one capturing a 69 percent score at RottenTomatoes.com. Forty-two of 70 reviewers surveyed said they liked the show.
“As in Glee or American Horror Story, Murphy delights in misdirection and abrupt shifts of tone, both of which he does well. The dialogue is snappy and no pretension escapes un-nailed,” wrote David Hinckley of the New York Daily News.
But the audience never really got the joke. The season one debut episode netted just four million viewers and the now series finale captured fewer than two million.
Consequently, like a ill-fated heroine in a real horror movie, Scream Queens’ demise was expected for some time, and Fox yesterday made it official.
— Phillip Swann