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Fox’s Scream Queens Cancelled After Two Seasons

Fox’s Scream Queens will not experience the same miraculous renewal that The Exorcist received on Friday. Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed the news this morning on a conference call, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Here’s what Newman had to say:

Scream Queens was an anthological series. It feels as if it was a compete story. We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories so we won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”

This statement contradicts the fact that Season Two ended with a surprise cliffhanger, which will never be resolved at this point. Jamie Lee Curtis took to Twitter to thank fans of the franchise and offer this tongue-in-cheeck resolution to the series:

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Fox’s The Exorcist Renewed for Season Two

With Fox’s 2017 Upfronts just days away, the uncertain futures of a trio of horror television shows have been the source of speculation and uncertainty. On May 9th, Fox cancelled Sleepy Hollow after four seasons. The future of Scream Queens is still unknown. But today came arguably the most important confirmation for the 2017 season: The Exorcist has been renewed for Season Two!

While the show’s ratings have never been fantastic, it gained a strong following of dedicated viewers who found it to be one of the smartest horror shows on television. Fans and horror sites alike (including this one) mobilized fan campaigns to beg Fox for a renewal, but the network remained quiet about the future of the series for nearly five months.

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Fox Unveils Yet Another Promo Video for Alien: Covenant

In 2012, Fox took a very conservative approach to marketing its $130 million project, Prometheus. Loosely based on it’s Alien mega-franchise, the studio put its faith in Ridley Scott’s ability to subtly thread connections between the film and the original source material. Before the movie launched, very little was known about the plot; and when it came out many fans ultimately yearned for more direct connections to Alien. All of that subtlety didn’t work out… the movie’s domestic box office totaled $126 million. Therefore, Fox has chosen to market this summer’s Alien: Covenant with the subtlety of a belly flopper shot out of a cannon!

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The Predator Delayed to Late Summer 2018

Fans of The Predator are going to have to wait a little longer to get to da choppa! Fox’s film, which is directed by Shane Black, was originally scheduled to hit theaters on February 9th, 2018. The Wrap reports that the release date has now been pushed back to August 3rd, 2018. No reason was given for this delay.

The Predator began principal photography on February 20th, 2017. Since then, major talent like Yvonne Strahovski and Edward James Olmos have been added to the cast. Those announcements rolled in up until March 27th… a full month after cameras started rolling. Usually the core cast of a film is secured before principal photography begins. Now, two months into production, the release date has been pushed back by five full months. No one has come out and said that the production on the film has been troubled, but all of these developments are starting to add up.

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The X-Files to Return in Second Event Series in 2017-2018

We’ve got some good news for fans of Fox’s The X-Files who couldn’t get enough of the 10-episode revival series which ran in early 2016! After a long period of planning and scheduling, Indie Wire reports that Fox plans to bring back the series for another 10 episodes during its 2017-2018 television season. Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson are all set to return for the upcoming project, and production will begin as early as this summer.

Here’s what Fox Broadcasting Company’s President, David Madden, had to say about the new series:

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Fox Releases 4 Minute Prologue Video for Alien: Covenant

If Fox’s teaser image of the cast of Alien: Covenant two days ago wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for the Ridley Scott project, they’ve just released a prologue video for the film that’s over four minutes long!

Entitled, “Prologue: The Last Supper,” the clip introduces the audience to all of the main cast before the horrors of the plot befall them. This is the first time we see James Franco and Danny McBride in their roles for an extended period of time, and Michael Fassbender has a scene-stealing moment late in the clip. There’s even a “dinner disruption” that calls back memories of the classic panic-inducing “chestburster” scene of the original film. You can watch the entire clip below:

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Fox Renews Lucifer for Third Season

Variety reported today that Fox has picked up Lucifer for a third season totalling 22 new episodes.

Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden praised Lucifer as, “…one of those rare shows that starts strong out of the gate, and just keeps getting better and better, “Tom, Lauren and the entire cast have really made these characters three-dimensional, and the production team — Jerry, Len, Jonathan, Joe and Ildy — is one of the best in the business. We’d also like to thank our partners Warner Bros. for their commitment to this show and we look forward to seeing where this wildly innovative series takes us in Season 3.”

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Jeremy Slater, Showrunner of The Exorcist, Provides Brief Update on Status of Season Two

Things have been awfully quiet since Season One of Fox’s The Exorcist concluded. Fans and critics who fell in love with the series over the course of its first ten episodes have been waiting with baited breath for any news about whether showrunner Jeremy Slater will be given a second season to continue his masterful work on the series. While nothing is set in stone, Slater recently revealed a brief sign of hope.

In response to a fan mistakenly mourning the cancellation of the series, Slater responded with the tweet below:

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Exorcist Author William Peter Blatty Dead at 89

Horror News Network is sad to announce the death of The Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty.  The news was announced today by collaborator and friend William Friedkin on twitter.  Friedkin directed the adaptation of Blatty’s novel which was scripted by Blatty himself.

The Exorcist is considered by many experts as the greatest horror film of all time.  The supernatural shocker captivated audiences in 1973 and currently sits at number nine on the all-time box office list (when adjusted for inflation).  The film not only terrified movie goers, but also inadvertently increased attendance at local churches around the country and the world, putting “the fear of God (or more likely Pazuzu)” into lapsed Catholics everywhere.

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The Exorcist’s Fan-Led Renewal Campaign Results in Red Feathers for Fox

I’ve heard of fan renewal campaigns involving “read letters”… but “red feathers” is a first!

Fox has been quiet about whether there will be a second season of The Exorcist ever since the season finale aired. While the ratings aren’t great, they are consistent; and the show has developed a hardcore following worldwide due to its sophisticated and nuanced storytelling and its diverse cast of magnetic characters. Back in November, fans began to take to Twitter with #RenewTheExorcist in order to show Fox their strong support for the show. 

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