Saturday night at PaleyFest was a lively affair with the cast of SCREAM QUEENS. Moderated by Debra Birnbaum (Variety) the line-up included creator Brad Falchuk and castmembers Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Niecy Nash, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd.
The talks began with cheers as Falchuk casually confirmed that everyone on stage was confirmed for season two, followed by Curtis reminding the audience (the first of several times throughout the night) that the cast knows nothing about plans and storylines, and those in attendance should be tweeting non-stop… so many of us did just that. This was followed by Falchuk creating a spur-of-the-moment pitch, describing the supposed plots of season two, in which Dean Munsch opens a hospital after deciding to tackle the country’s health care problems. Zayday would graduate and train under Munsch, Momma Denise has worked her way up through the ranks at the FBI, and of course there will be “studly hot doctors”.
Curtis later took a moment to talk about the “exodus” of production from Los Angeles under former Governor Schwarzeneggar and how thrilled she is for the show to be moving production this season to Los Angeles, though they did love New Orleans. Her chant for more job creation in Hollywood quickly drew great applause.
While talking about the importance of secrecy in the show, Roberts blew her own cover as she recounted a story in which she left the penultimate episode script at a coffee shop! Everyone on the panel gasped as they heard the story for the first time.
The cast was even unaware of the final scene until the day of shooting, as copies of the script all left out the last pages of the script.
By far, one of the sweetest moments of the night, came from two fans. The first, provided Billie Lourd with a pair of ear muffs, her signature style from the show. The second was an uber-fan of Michele’s, who the actress quickly recognized and happily took pictures with in the middle of he Q&A portion while telling audiences the plan for her second album release at the end of this year.
If one thing was certain about this cast, it is how well they truly get along. These girls openly finished each other’s sentences, had inside jokes, wished each other well, and praised one another throughout the night. The show may have wanted viewers to be guessing “who is the killer?” throughout the season, but clearly all these fans wanted from the show and these ladies is “how much fun is hanging around this crew?” Certainly that entire audience is counting down the days until season two’s premiere.
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