So much for you can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series. Scream will be returning to MTV for another season in 2016. The network announced the second season during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour Wednesday.
“It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team who are such connoisseurs of this genre and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of 'Scream,'" said MTV EVP Mina Lefevre in a press release. “We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns."
The first season of "Scream" is five episodes in and the body count is up to at least four. More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season on-air and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms, according to MTV.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, promised even more scares for the series' sophomore installment. "The 'Scream' franchise has been such a huge part of our history and to watch it evolve, find a new generation of fans and succeed at MTV makes this all the more sweet," he said. "We promise even more scares, surprises, romance and of course kills in season 2."
Much like the films that preceded it, the show is self-aware and throws in occasional humor in addition to frights.
Season 1 focuses on a town called Lakewood, which has a dark past as it was once the location of a mass killing by serial killer Brandon James. When residents start turning up dead 20 years later, people begin to fear the killer has once again returned to the town. The killer haunts the main character Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), the daughter of the original killer's sole surviving victim.
What wasn’t made clear in the release was if Season 2 will contain the same characters and setting in Lakewood or like HBO's “True Detective,” will have an entirely different cast with a new story. Would you prefer "Scream" to keep the same cast next season or start from scratch with a new story and new characters? Take the poll below!
“Scream” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on MTV.