What’s Your Favorite Scary TV Show?: Scream Franchise to Hit TV

Drew Barrymore in Scream
Okay, okay, I’ll tell you I’m excited about the Scream TV show if you just let him live!
After scaring up a new generation of moviegoers in Wes Craven’s savvy, rule-bending Scream (and its subsequent sequels), the killer(s) best known as Ghostface is now ready to slash his—her? their?—way into your living room.

As Mark Ausiello reported for TVLine, MTV is developing a weekly series based on the feature film franchise. The project is being overseen by former MTV executives Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley under their DiGa production company. If the show comes to fruition, it would mark the second Scream-inspired project in recent years.

Scream 4 (aka SCRE4M) hit the big screen in April of 2011—but it made more of a whimper than anything else.

Despite the continued direction of Craven, the return (and ultimate departure) of original screenwriter Kevin Williamson, the reunion of veteran cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette and the infusion of new blood by way of a hot young supporting ensemble that included Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere, the film grossed an anemic $40 million at the domestic box office.

Which promptly led to speculation that the franchise was dead, leaving plans for the fifth and sixth installments in a state of Tinseltown purgatory.

So this proposed transition to the small screen would mark a resurrection of sorts—but is it a welcome one? Though little is known about the project, it has already proven a divisive issue among many longtime fans.

Supporters of the cause note that Scream TV can exist as its own entity without having any actual bearing on the films themselves. They point to MTV’s recent success with the scripted drama “Teen Wolf” as a precedent. Further, they make the case that if the show is well received it could provide the much-needed impetus for Scream 5 to be green-lit—and that it could also shepherd in the younger fan base that was (mostly) missing for Scream 4’s theatrical run. 

Detractors, on the other hand, worry that a watered-down TV dramatization could sully the Scream name—and even diminish the likelihood of Scream 5. One fan, Zachary Dalton Cook, has even created a Facebook page—“Petition to STOP the Scream TV series from a greenlight”—where like-minded peeps can sound off. He tells me, “The problem is that Hollywood is almost always about the dollars . . . even at the cost of possibly ruining a film’s reputation . . . Scream is part of a very rare group of films (like Star Wars) that continue a story and plot that is centered around a certain group of characters and their lives . . . [Scream] has kept the same studio, cast, crew, story and general plot . . . If there were to be a TV series, none of that would matter anymore.”

Let’s face it, though: Given the tepid reception to Scream 4, Scream 5 is not exactly a risk-free proposition. Further complicating matters is the knowledge that Williamson is tied to both the CW’s Vampire Diaries and the upcoming FOX series The Following, Campbell is now an expectant first-time mother, and Cox and Arquette have officially filed for divorce (though they still appear to get along better than most “contentedly” married couples). Therefore, Scream TV may just be the vehicle to resuscitate interest in what some might call a “tarnished brand.”

As for my own humble opinion? I remain cautiously optimistic. After all, it can’t be any worse than Jersey Shore.


John Valeri writes the Hartford Books Examiner column for Examiner.com. He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Allison Brennan

    I’m neutral on SCREAM as a television series. It just really depends on so many different things — writers, actors, direction, overall quality.

    As to what they’re competing against: American Horror Story. It’s smart, scary, well-written, with amazing actors. It’s different and edgy.

  2. Brad

    I’m kind of up in the air on this. I love all 4 Scream movies and hope for a 5 & 6 however a TV Series would be interesting as an in between maybe even without any of the stars. There have been several Scream related deaths in real life so getting a new ensemble of the cast for this could be interesting. They can mention Woodsboro and Sydney, Dewey, Gale but they never actually show up. At the end of the season it’s over (or you think) when they figure out who it was.

    I for one would most definitely watch a Scream TV Series with hope it doesn’t ruin the franchise. If anything it brings more fans to the franchise they weren’t around for 1 -3.

  3. Jay_Jay

    Okay, as a Scream fanatic, the thought of a TV series based on the four movies puzzles me. I was thrilled that Scream 4 came oubout because I longed for the revival of the franchise. I want Scream 5 & 6, god knows I do but the TV series could be a good thing. But then again, like most TV shows based off of a movie franchise, are a hit or miss. But since they’re putting it on MTV which is host of the popular TV series “Teen Wolf”, that gives me puts me at ease. So, lets hope Scream TV doesn’t eff up the franchise and the chances of sparking the production of the Scream 5 & 6. But lets be real though, it’s MTV. Think about that. Think about this too, are they beating a dead horse by even making this show? I think. . .not. Lets hope that they don’t f*ck with the original.

  4. brett j

    I don’t think so if sudney and the nain cast wont be in it I wont watch it sidney gale and dewey wouldn’t be mentioned ib the shiw theys be dead they’d not be in it I want scream 5 because mtv will fuck up the film that redfined horror 🙁

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