If Zayday’s mission last season was to become the president of Kappa Kappa Tau, her objective in the upcoming sophomore run of the FOX series is relatively more important, and that is to save lives. When the new installment opens, Zayday will be training to become a doctor at a hospital owned by Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis), the former dean of Wallace University.
"She's trying to save lives, as opposed to the feeling she got when she saw all those people die last season," Palmer recently told TooFab. "I think that's such a cool aspect of the show, even though it's a hyperreality type of joint, it follows how they're affected by the deaths of last season. She's teamed up with Dean Munsch to help her create this hospital that is all about curing diseases that the world has deemed incurable."
“This season is totally different,” added the 22-year-old singer-actress, who is currently filming the third episode of the comedy-horror series. “We're not in the school anymore; it’s been a couple of years later. We're now in a hospital, and it's a totally different type of vibe.”
Palmer also shared how happy she is now to be back in Los Angeles for the filming. “We're happy to be back in L.A., on the Paramount lot, which brings back a lot of good memories for me from 'True Jackson, VP,'" said the “I Don’t Belong to You” songstress, referring to her Nickelodeon sitcom which ran from 2008 to 2011.
Palmer also commented on John Stamos’ addition to the cast. "John, I grew up with him as Uncle Jesse," she said of her new co-star, mentioning his "Full House" and "Fuller House" role. "So being on a show with him is just ridiculous, it's like a dream come true!"
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight last month, Palmer also opened up about what it’s been like working with Taylor Lautner, who’s also joining the show for Season 2. "I've known Taylor since we were kids," Palmer said. "[So] it was cool to finally be doing a project with him."
During the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel last month, executive producer Ian Brennan revealed (via Variety) that the hospital-set Season 2 is "bloodier and funnier" than the series' freshman run. "I feel like we're leaning into the creepiness a little more and the comedy a little more," he said at the time.
"Scream Queens" Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. on FOX.