So it looks like VH-1’s Scream Queens is back for another go-round, with a supporting (and presumably bloody) gig in the forthcoming Saw 3-D dangled as bait for the winner, just as a role in Saw VI was on the line in the original program, which was won by Tanedra Howard. The success of the original series was in its savvy blend of acting class work (which gave it a respectable underpinning, by highlighting the very real challenges in genre performing), on-set “director’s challenges” (basically filmed scenes with James Gunn), and, of course, bitchy, passive-aggressive in-fighting, which is pretty much guaranteed when 10 young aspirant actresses are put together in a house.
As reality shows go, this one actually somewhat sincerely showcases the difficulties of the acting profession, in balancing a purely physical “look” that is arguably beyond one’s control with more (potentially… cough, cough) esoteric personal creative choices. Question, though: do they just embargo the latest Saw‘s full credit listing on IMDb to prevent word of the winner leaking out, or what? I mean, the movie releases in a little over two months.