On June 30, 2015 the pilot for the TV series Scream debuted on MTV. Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna and Carlson Young, the plot was as follows:
What starts as a YouTube video going viral soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past.
On July 29, 2015, despite having only aired half of its ten episode run, MTV announced that it has picked up the TV series for a second season.
The final episode, Revelations, aired on September 1 2015, where the series' heroine, Emma, finally came face to face with the killer.
As the episodes gained pace, and the series finalé concluded, reviews started gaining momentum. Whether people loved it or hated it, there were some running issues which viewers thought could be improved on, with one IMDb user going on to say:
The show is more like a teenage drama, it doesn't even contain horror elements at all. The directorial style is also very unfitting for horror movies/shows, but it fits perfectly with the drama-queen style of MTV shows. It's like watching Twilight the TV show (not the Twilight Zone, but the vampire movies). Constant unnecessary teenage BS drama, that the viewers couldn't give two $hits about, and no horror or suspense whatsoever during the ENTIRE show! It's as if the writers couldn't figure out where they wanted to go with the story, so they wrote a bunch of random things on a piece of paper and put it in the word blender.
It was reported that it was not just the fans who were a little bit peeved at the direction that the series was taking. Dimension TV, who were the production company behind the show, were said to be unhappy about the creative direction of the series, and with a huge marketing blitz, it only managed an average of 755,000 viewers for its first season.
But thankfully, it seems that MTV have listened to the fans and began to shake things up!
The major change has seen them replace the series show-runners, Jill E. Blotevogel (Harper’s Island 2009, The Dead Zone 2002-2007) and Jaime Paglia (Eureka 2006-2012, The Flash 2014-). Blotevogel had not only been the executive producer on the first ten episodes of series one, but she had also worked on the teleplay and written two episodes to boot. Paglia, on the other hand, was co-executive producer on nine episodes, and wrote a couple of episodes too. Despite Paglia leaving the show altogether, Blotevogel will be staying on as a consultant to the series.
So with these two leaving their roles, it was recently announced that Michael Gans and Richard Register (Make It or Break It 2009-, Celebrity Deathmatch1998-) would be taking over the helms.
It should not really come as a big surprise that the studio wanted to mix things up a little. Considering the average ratings, together with the cost of the marketing campaign, the first series did not quite live up to audience anticipation or expectations. In fact, many considered the series to have fallen short on the mix of horror and comedy which made the films so popular.
So should we be excited about the new editions? Hell yeah!
Gans and Register are noted as some of the best people in Hollywood, and many believe that they would be able to bring a return to what made the films work: dark humor with smart dialogue and great stories
If you check out their joint Twitter account, you can see that they seem to be genuine horror fans, something that surely has to be a major boost for the show. In fact, last year, they posted a picture of Ghostface, which I'm taken as a good omen for things to come.
If you consider other shows of a similar genre, such as The Walking Dead (2010-), American Horror Story (2011-) and Scream Queens (2015-), there is clearly a want and a need for such horror shows. However, Scream just didn't hit the right note for most fans, but with Gans and Register now on board, there is a slightly better outlook on the future of the series.
Let's hope that these two can turn the tide on the fortunes of the show, and get the franchise back to what we all know and love - namely a mix of humor with genuine frights!
Season 2 will Premiere on Wednesday, April 20, 2016