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(2015–2016)

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Jamie Lee Curtis would have a thumbtack in her hand and would squeeze it to stop her from laughing and ruining the takes during funny scenes.
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Billie Lourd's mother is Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Billie's character is often seen wearing earmuffs - a homage to her mother's famous hairstyle in the movie. Also, in the final episode, Chanel #3 has her hair in the classic 'Leia' hairstyle.
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Ryan Murphy had no intention of doing the show without Jamie Lee Curtis. He stated he's a fan of hers and and had been trying to work with her for years, so he expressly wrote material for her that he just wanted to see her living out, being irreverent and fun and powerful, large and in charge. When Curtis met with him and executive producer Brad Falchuk about potentially starring, Murphy said to her, "'If you don't do it, we're not going to do the show.'" It took a day for her to think about it, and she ended up committing before even seeing a script.
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Several times, Chanel (Emma Roberts) references teenage sleuth Nancy Drew. Roberts herself played Drew in Nancy Drew (2007).
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A significant number of the main cast members are children of (and/or otherwise related to) previously established Hollywood stars. Jamie Lee Curtis (Dean Munsch) is the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh (herself a horror icon from her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)). Emma Roberts (Chanel) is the daughter of Eric Roberts and the niece of Julia Roberts. Oliver Hudson (Wes Gardner) is the son of Goldie Hawn. Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher and the granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
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The actresses had to learn to walk in a certain formation to set the right tone for the characters. Co-creator Ryan Murphy would always tell them to listen to music in their head when they're walking. The cast also had to practice their screaming.
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Scream Queens (2015) is described as Heathers (1988)/Mean Girls (2004) meets Friday the 13th (1980). Much like Heathers (1988), in which the three most popular girls at school are all called Heather, sorority leader Chanel Oberlin (portrayed by Emma Roberts) has her minions and is so self-centered that she just calls them Chanel #2, Chanel #3 and Chanel #5. It is said by Chanel Oberlin that Chanel #4 graduated earlier and went home before the series started.
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Despite playing an freshman, Lea Michele is 10 years older than her costar Abigail Breslin, who she previously starred with in New Year's Eve (2011).
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Known for playing Jill Roberts in Scream 4 (2011) and for previously collaborating with Ryan Murphy in American Horror Story (2011), Emma Roberts was the first and only choice to portray lead character Chanel Oberlin.
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When Pete (Diego Boneta) and Grace (Skyler Samuels) go to see the former Kappa member, they say that they are dressed up like Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. Kate's real life brother, Oliver Hudson, plays Grace's father.
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The mansion used as the sorority house is the same as Blair Waldorf's (Leighton Meester) New York penthouse in Gossip Girl (2007).
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Ryan Murphy is often bribed by the cast to tell them who the killer is, which never works.
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This is Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels and Lea Michele's second time collaborating with Ryan Murphy. Roberts and Samuels worked with Murphy on American Horror Story (2011) and Michele was the main star of Glee (2009).
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The sorority featured in the show "Kappa Kappa Tau" was originally called "Kappa Nu Tau" and it's acronym, KNT, can be seen on early promos for the show. The name was changed due to some viewers looking at the acronym as a double entendre, the KNT promos were subsequently replaced with promos featuring the KKT acronym instead.
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Main character Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) is inspired by University of Maryland sorority girl Rebecca Martinson, author of an invective-laden e-mail in 2013.
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Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer and Ariana Grande all started their careers in Nickelodeon TV shows. Roberts was the lead in Unfabulous (2004), Palmer was the star of True Jackson, VP (2008) and Grande starred in Victorious (2010) and its spin off Sam & Cat (2013). This was the first time they starred on screen together.
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In a 1995 British television interview about her career, Carrie Fisher discussed the fact that her upbringing as the daughter of two movie stars gave her a background that very few others could relate to: "I'm alone, then. I've had such a weird, exotic, rare life. The only person that can relate to it is Jamie Lee Curtis. So what--are we going to meet once a week and discuss all this stuff? 'Yeah, my father was a womanizer and a junkie too! Wow!'" Both Jamie Lee Curtis and Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, are now regulars on Scream Queens (2015).
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Actor Julian Morris was initially cast as Pete, but exited the project before filming any scenes. The role eventually went to Diego Boneta. Both actors had a role on Pretty Little Liars (2010) & both had a thing with Spencer Hastings who is played by Troian Bellisario.
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The Scream Queens that appear in season 1 are Abigail Breslin, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Emma Roberts. Jamie Lee was once known as the "professional victim" thanks to her iconic roles in 80s horror classics. Ryan Murphy's initial plan was to cast an iconic Scream Queen in each consecutive season (hence the title) and wanted Sarah Michelle Gellar In season 2, but she turned down the role as she had retired to focus on raising her family. Sigourney Weaver was his next choice but she was unavailable and then settled for Kirstie Alley as the next Scream Queen instead, who is best known for her role in Village of the Damned (1995).
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Was renewed for Season 2 at TCA (Television Critics Association) on January 15th 2016.
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The mansion used for the sorority house scenes is the same one as Whodunnit? (2013) and Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas (2013).
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In the scene where Chad (Glen Powell) and Boone (Nick Jonas) are talking about making a movie about a popular guy dating an unpopular girl, to make her popular is a reference to the movie She's All That (1999).
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In the movie Scream (1996), Jamie Lee Curtis is mentioned numerous times. The character Randy calls her the "Scream Queen" of horror movies. Curtis now stars in this show, titled Scream Queens (2015).
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Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk started thinking about the show while writing for the character of Madison for Emma Roberts on American Horror Story (2011): Coven. Therefore, the role of Chanel Oberlin was written for her.
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Joe Manganiello was cast as Wes Gardner but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out. He was replaced by Oliver Hudson.
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The show is about a series of murders taking place 20 years after a crime. Jamie Lee Curtis, famous for her role in Halloween (1978), starred in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) which takes place 20 years after Michael Myers' original murders. The show also mirrors the first two Halloween movies by seasons. The first season revolves arond a house and neighborhood like in Halloween (1978). The second season takes place in a hospital like Halloween 2 (1982)
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Gracie Gillam who played a minor role in this series as Mandy, has appeared alongside Skyler Samuels in The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011) before the show was cancelled.
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In the party scene of the show, the song "Waterfalls" is playing. "Waterfalls" is a song played through out the movie We're the Millers (2013) also starring Emma Roberts.
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David Henrie was offered the role of "Pete" but turned it down to do Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015). The role was filled by Diego Boneta.
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Niecy Nash's character is named Denise. In real life, her middle name is Denise.
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Billie Lourd's mother, Carrie Fisher, appears in Scream 3 (2000) while Emma Roberts appears in Scream 4 (2011).
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Emma Roberts's second filmography in which the word "Scream" is in the title. The other was Scream 4 (2011), which also concerned a small town rattled by a series of murders. This is also the third time Roberts does a project that revolves around a series of killings. The first being Scream 4 (2011) and the second American Horror Story (2011).
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C. U. R. E. Stands for Caregivers United in Restorative Etiology (season 2)
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Jamie Lee Curtis and Jan Hoag's second time working together. The first time was in Christmas with the Kranks (2004). Curtis played Mrs. Krank while Hoag played the choir director.
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Aaron Rhodes & Austin Rhodes, who play Roger & Dodger respectively, are fraternal twin brothers.
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Billie Lourd's mother, Carrie Fisher, starred in the 2009 horror slasher Sorority Row (2009), which also focused on a sorority being terrorized by a killer.
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Lea Michele and Oliver Hudson worked together in Scream Queens (2015). Michele, along with Hudson's sister, Kate Hudson, worked together on Glee (2009), Ryan Murphy's previous show.
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The sorority's acronym, KKT, is the same acronym used for the sorority the murdered girl from season one in How to Get Away with Murder (2014) belonged to. However, in Scream Queens (2015), KKT stands for Kappa Kappa Tau while in How To Get Away With Murder, it stands for Kappa Kappa Theta.
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Andy Erikson, who played Chanel #7 / Marguerite Honeywell, was a runner-up on the reality show Last Comic Standing (2003). She continues to perform stand up comedy at comedy clubs all over the U.S.
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Oliver Hudson (Wes Gardener) had previously starred as Kyle Autry in Black Christmas (2006), in which a sorority house is terrorized by a brother and sister killer duo with a sordid childhood connection to the sorority in question and a sanitarium.
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Abigail Breslin was 19 when filming, making her the only actual teenager in the series as everyone was well into their mid and late twenties and early thirties. Much like Jamie Lee Curtis when she filmed Halloween (1978), Curtis was 19 upon production of the horror film and the only teenager on set, since her castmates were well into their twenties. A common similarity between the two actresses.
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Abigail Breslin previously worked with Julia Roberts in August: Osage County (2013). Julia Roberts is the aunt of Emma Roberts.
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Abigail Breslin previously worked with Kate Hudson in Raising Helen (2004). Kate Hudson is the younger sister of Oliver Hudson (Weston "Wes" Gardner).
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Niecy Nash's second time portraying a police officer. Her first time was on Reno 911! (2003).
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Oliver Hudson's Oscar nominated, famous sister Kate Hudson had portrayed Cassandra July, the NYADA dance teacher, in Ryan Murphy's Glee (2009), who served as a harsh mentor of Lea Michele's leading character in the show, Rachel Berry.
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In Scream Queens: Pilot (2015), Hester, played by Lea Michele, alleges that Kappa Kappa Tau was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In reality, this would not be possible. Oxford considers sororities brothels, and thus it is unlawful for Miami University to allow any sorority houses on campus.
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Billie Lourd's grandmother Debbie Reynolds played the title character in the animated film Charlotte's Web (1973). Emma Roberts's aunt, Julia Roberts, played the part in the live-action remake Charlotte's Web (2006).
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Abigail Breslin (Chanel #5) and Lea Michele (Hester) had both starred in the movie 'New Year's Eve (2011) and Emma Roberts (Chanel Oberlin) and Taylor Lautner (Dr. Cassidy Cascade) had both starred in the movie Valentine's Day (2010).
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Kirstie Alley and Brooke Shields have both already starred in ABC's The Middle (2009), although not together, before appearing in Scream Queens (2015).
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On Viaplay Denmark you can actually see on the last episode picture, who the killer is. It is not clear to know it is the killer but the picture is of the killer.
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Patrick Schwarzenegger (Thad Radwell) and Ariana Grande (Chanel #2/Sonya Herfmann) were both recurring characters in Season 1. Even though they shared no screen time together, they have worked together previously. Patrick starred in one of Ariana's first music videos, "Right There" (Ariana Grande Feat. Big Sean: Right There (2013)) (featuring Big Sean), as Romeo.
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Jamie Lee Curtis, prior to playing Cathy Munsch, had as her iconic slasher horror heroine Laurie Strode of the Halloween (1978) franchise (also involving a masked killer brandishing a primary butcher's knife) filled the role of Dean of a school, in place of Wallace University in Scream Queens as Laurie Strode in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) served as Dean Keri Tate of her son, John's, private Californian High School Hillcrest Academy in Northern California.
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Skyler Samuels and Lucien Laviscount have both previously met Ryan Murphy. Skyler was on American Horror Story (2011) (as Bonnie Lipton) and Lucien auditioned for Glee (2009).
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Lea Michele's character's name 'Hester Ulrich' shares a last name with actor Skeet Ulrich. Ulrich portrayed Billy Loomis, one of the original Ghostface killers in Scream (1996).
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Lea Michele and John Stamos previously starred together in Glee. In one very epic episode paying an hommage to songs from Britney Spears, Stamos played a dentist who also checks out Lea's character.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

A total of four people were involved in the revenge scheme during season one. Gigi (Nasim Pedrad) was the mastermind, although she only killed a mascot to obtain the Red Devil costume. Boone (Nick Jonas) and Hester (Lea Michele) were the twins born during the party in 1995, having been raised by Gigi after her sister's suicide, which was their main motive for exacting revenge. Pete (Diego Boneta) reluctantly became involved after discovering the killers' identity. Boone committed most of the murders, with Hester and Pete only committing a handful each. However, Hester is the only murderer to survive season one.
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Chanel #2's real name is Sonya Herfmann, played by Ariana Grande. Chanel #5 is Libby Putney, played by Abigail Breslin, and Chanel #3 is Sadie Swenson, who is played by Billie Lourd.
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Skyler Samuels (Grace Gardner) could not star in season 2 of the show because she wanted to focus on college.
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There are several moments in the film that pay homage to classic and cult horror films like Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989), Boogeyman (2005), Jason Goes to Hell (1993), Psycho (1960), Carrie (1976), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978), Hellraiser (1987), Friday the 13th (1980), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and The Shining (1980).
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In episode 2.3, Scream Queens: Handidates (2016), when Chad (Glen Powell) is asking Chanel (Emma Roberts) to marry him, the words the mariachi band singing in the background translate to are: "I want to be the man who controls your entire life".
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In episode 2.3, Scream Queens: Handidates (2016), Chad Radwell (Glen Powell) mention Julia Roberts who is, in real life, Emma Roberts's aunt (Chanel Oberlin).
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In each episode (season 1), the 'Red Devil Killer' uses several iconic horror villain weapons in different episodes, including Butcher knife (Halloween (1978), Michael Myers), Chainsaw (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Leatherface),. But in some cases they just use a different weapon each episode.
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Jamie Lee Curtis faces off against the first season's three central killers as a direct homage to her previous slasher horror roles in 1978 and 1980. She had first famously portrayed in debut performance Laurie Strode in Halloween (1978) and faced off against her murderous, masked brother Michael Myers. In Prom Night (1980) she had contended with her masked, murderous brother Alex Hammond and in Terror Train (1980) confronted a masked killer aboard her sorority and brother fraternity's New Years Party. The Justice Antonin Scalia mask bears striking resemblance to the Groucho Marx mask first donned by the Terror Train killer and the person behind both costumes has a personal vendetta against Jamie Lee Curtis' character.
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