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TV: How Is The “Scream” TV Series Going To Work?

I’m not sure how this is going to work. The original entries in the Scream series skewered the horror tropes of their time – along with the tropes of sequels and trilogies in general – with varying degrees of success. Now we’re getting word that there will indeed be a “Scream” TV series. It’ll be on MTV, which seems like a good fit, but what exactly will they be deconstructing? Scream 4 kind of left a lot on the table but I’m not sure any of the pieces that could be picked up are especially well suited for television. Who knows though? I could be wrong.

Per TV Line, “MTV is developing a weekly series based on the Scream film franchise, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively. Former MTV execs Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who are shepherding the project under their DiGa production shingle, are on the hunt for a writer to pen the pilot. It’s unclear what role, if any, Scream auteurs Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven will have in the potential series.

In regard to that last sentence, I’m not sure either Williamson or Craven will be back. Of course I could be wrong, but I get the picture that Williamson has been burned by this franchise quite a bit.

What about you? Would you watch a “Scream” TV series? And what does this mean for Scream 5?



  • edrew_7

    NO. Are you kidding me? The SCREAM franchise is one of the best in horror. How exactly are they going to make into a goddamn TV series without slaughtering it?

  • Nothing333

    This sounds really bad. Scream had its one good film in the nineties when it was relevant. Scream 4 proved it was waaaaayyyy past it’s prime by being a hackeneyed clone of itself with the silliest reveal of all time. A series seems beyond desperate. Yes, I’m a meanie.

  • Accident-with-power-tools

    The Scream franchise was one of the biggest miss’s, Scream 1 was great, 2 had it’s charm but 3 and 4 are as bad as some of the later additions to the Nightmare & Friday franchises , except with bigger budgets and grander releases and thats not really forgivable. So could a tv show put some life into it? possible- think about it, get rid of Wes and the studios fetish with swamping the films with pointless cameos by ‘stars’. Step away from the regional Billy Loomis story- and stop trying to link oh so cleverly back to that film, while really just annoying the audience with bad scooby-doo endings. Stay away from ‘dream’ sequences that are just dog-shit in this time of film…. and then maybe this could have some legs, in fact they only need to follow the formula of Harpers Island, weekly who done it but up the slasher, and this could work!

  • VampiresDontSparkle

    This sounds… well, it sounds horrendous.

  • How the hell are they gonna do this? Make it like Harper’s Island or something? And if so, how could they do more than one season? I love the Scream series (except number 3, Jesus that was terrible, 4 was just meh) but it would be weird as a tv show. This is most likely gonna kill any chance there was left of Scream 5 happening, though I doubt that was likely to happen anytime soon.

  • Julian Nunez

    I have no idea how this could work. I love the Scream series but a tv show seems like a terrible idea. But who knows, maybe the show can breathe fresh life into the franchise. If ghostface is in it I’ll check out the first episodes to see if it’s watchable.


  • Grime

    Let this franchise die already. Scream 1 was good, but it’s been pretty pathetic since. Scream 3 and 4 were unwatchable.

  • Kroork

    I love the scream movies! All of them ! But this is an awful idea!! If you wanna know how to ruin an awsome horror movie??? Make it a tv show! Worst idea ever! If they do this we will never see a scream 5 🙁

  • anthonyd1

    I hold the Scream franchise dear to my heart and I love all of the installments in the series. I think this is the worst idea ever and that they should focus on Scream 5 and making it the best it can be rather than a stupid tv series

  • I don’t understand. I just….I just. No. NO! STAY AWAY!

  • DeathSeeker180

    Eh we’ll see. I guess this could work somehow. Somehow.

  • Joe-Banger

    I can see this happeneing! LOL! If this tv series hurts that aweful film series then bring it on! Ill watch it! : )

  • EvilDeadFridaythe13thfan

    This is awful. Why the hell would they even consider turning Scream into a tv series? And have Mtv develop it??? God damn, this world really is falling apart. This is just as bad when I heard they were turning Harold and Kumar into a tv series; stop trying to ruin movies we care about by making them pathetic little tv shows.

  • TwistedCritic

    It’s clear that MTV wants to re-introduce the concept/franchise for the younger generation, like they tried doing with Teen Wolf (did that do well? I don’t know). Let’s face it, the first Scream was a big hit with the teen crowd in the mid-90s, but even with the younger cast added to Scream 4, that one mainly appealed to the older fans. I just hope Williamson and especially Craven don’t waste any of their time contributing to it; I’d rather see another movie if anything.

  • djblack1313

    initially i thought this was/is a bad idea but MTV’s “Teen Wolf” is actually a really good show, so maybe this “Scream” show could end up being ok? and they wouldn’t have to tone down the kills all that much. the MY SUPER PSYCHO SWEET 16 movies (also on MTV) have had some decent/good kills in them.

  • dlevesqu

    They could make it like Harper’s Island. They intro the characters and each week one of them gets bumped off until we find out who the killer is. Cable shows are usually only 13 episodes long, so intro in ep. 1, kill ’em off for 10 eps, then have the face off for the last 2. I bet you could even cast a fairly high profile tv actress to get press & kill her off to end the first ep. I know I’d watch, just for curiosity.

  • flesheater24

    Nope this will suck for sure, it’s MTV.

  • DefinitelyDazed

    How are they going to make this work? Oh wait, they can’t! This is ridiculous, this show is going to fail miserably. Personally, because I am such a huge fan of Scream, I will try and watch it. However, why on MTV? I don’t need Scream blending in with Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, and other shows like that. I’m so let down right now. This is so upsetting. -_-

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