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'Scream Queens'
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'Scream Queens'

Tues., 8 p.m., Fox
Let's call it right now: Scream Queens is already looking like the smartest move Ryan Murphy's ever made — it has all the best elements of Glee and American Horror Story, but it tops them both. The sorority sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau have a big problem: a mysterious killer in a red devil costume, who's only slightly more evil than the sorority sisters themselves. Scream Queens turns this setting into an anthology series — a murder or three per week — that goes for laughs, like a demented mix of Scream and Gossip Girl. Emma Roberts is the most horrible Kappa of them all, queen bee Chanel Oberlin, sneering lines like, "That girl was a bitch who thought she was all that because her family founded the Olive Garden and she had no gag reflex!" But there's scarcely a single non-horrible character here, which is exactly what you want when everybody's fair game to get killed next.

Scream Queens is loaded with evil pranks (somebody spiked the spray-tan tank with hydrochloric acid!) and sick jokes (a pledge reacts to the prospect of her imminent destruction by hysterically singing "Shake It Off") and nasty banter: "We're having a sideboob mixer and a white party, where everyone is encouraged to wear-slash-be white." It's also full of hilarious casting coups: Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Tavi Gevinson, Lea Michele in a neck brace. And as the hardass college dean who wants to take this sorority down, none other than the OG scream queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis.

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