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When FOX presented at this year’s upfronts, Scream Queens was one show that didn’t have a trailer. A little odd, but I just assumed there wasn’t enough footage since they only recently began filming. Imagine my surprise and delight when the network dropped a new promo showing actual footage.

Most of the previous promos featured Emma Roberts in highly-stylized scenarios. This one titled “Pledges” shows the other cast members and a hint at the storyline. Roberts plays, not surprisingly, a ruthless sorority bitch while Michele ditches her Rachel Berry persona and shows up in an uncomfortable looking neck brace.

Check out the clip below which features several screaming queens. Not the college coed types but rather of the flaming variety ;) Scream Queens will air on Tuesdays this Fall.

watch after the jump

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American Crime Story is easily one of FOX’s most highly-anticipated new series. The new Ryan Murphy anthology will tackle the trail of the century for its first outing. The casting alone has been incredible.

American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson features a star-studded cast which includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as the Juice, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clarke, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, and Connie Britton as the morally-corrupt (RHOBH) Faye Resnick. Former Dallas star Jordana Brewster is the latest addition. Find out what role she’s playing below.

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Praise baby Jesus!!! With Jessica Lange not taking part in American Horror Story: Hotel, I don’t think I could’ve handled a Sarah Paulson-less season of the FX horror series. Could you? Thankfully, she’s booked a hotel reservation for the fifth season.

“My focus will always be on American Horror Story for as long as he’ll have me,” Paulson told The Hollywood Reporter in December, ahead of her American Crime Story casting. “I have never felt so completely seen by another director or producer or person before in terms of his willingness time and time again to give me something to do that I didn’t even think I was capable of doing. I don’t know why in the world I’d want to go elsewhere when I’m getting the best deal in town. I absolutely want to do season five.”

Many fans wondered if the 40-year-old actress would even have time to participate given her lead role in Ryan Murphy’s highly-anticipated new offering, American Crime Story about the infamous OJ Simpson trial. Thankfully, Murphy and Paulson found a way to make it work. Read his tweet below teasing her new role.

read Ryan Murphy’s tweet after the jump

FOX Releases First Scream Queens Teaser

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Fittingly, FOX chose Friday the 13th to debut the first official promo for its new comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens. With filming yet to begin, no footage from the actual series is shown. Instead, a random girl appears blowing a bubblegum. Things go from peppy to bloody real fast in the 12-second teaser.

Scream Queens‘ 15-episode first season, which revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders, premieres this Fall on FOX. It boasts a star-studded cast which includes Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Joe Manganiello and the ultimate ‘scream queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis. Check out the promo below.

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After checking out this video from HBO, I realize I watch a lot of the network’s programming. From Girls, True Blood, The Newsroom, Behind the Candelabra and Game of Thrones, clearly I’m a fan. I should really consider purchasing some stock.

The network released a video highlighting some of their best programming from the past year. It also gives a preview of what’s to come in 2014. Included in that bunch is the highly-anticipated new series Looking.

In addition, we also have footage from Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning 1985 play The Normal Heart. It follows a group of gay men in New York in the 80s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic spread. It boasts a star-studded cast including Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch. Not sure how I feel about Taylor’s haircut and color, but I digress. The latter two are pictured in the photo above. The Normal Heart is scheduled to air in Spring 2014. Check out the video below.

“It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” says Ryan Murphy, who worked with Kramer on the script for three years. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”

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Approximately 40 percent of the homeless youth living on the streets of Los Angeles are part of the LGBT community. That’s about 3,600 kids who resort to drugs and the sex industry to survive. To address this alarming statistic, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center shared a short film, titled Any Given Tuesday, written and directed by Trent Kendrick. He, along with producer Michael Fossat, were inspired after touring the center and witnessed the essential services the center provide to abandoned youth.

The piece moved director Roland Emmerich (Godzilla, Independence Day, White House Down) so much, he’s hosting a benefit dinner this Saturday featuring co-hosts David Geffen, Jane Lynch, Ryan Murphy, Dustin Lance-Black and many more. Several celebrities also appear in the clip. Among the famous supporters include Jamie Foxx, Lisa Ling, James Woods, Lisa Vanderpump, Elton John and his partner, and more. Check it out below.

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Ryan Murphy Confirms Glee Will End Next Season

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Gleeks embrace yourselves. Ryan Murphy confirmed Season 6 will be the last for the FOX musical show. The Glee co-creator revealed this during a Paley Center event honoring FX Networks Wednesday night. Murphy was there in support for his other show American Horror Story: Coven. Murphy’s confirmation of the plan to wrap the show after season six appeared to catch Fox and studio 20th Century Fox TV off guard on Thursday morning.

read Murphy’s words about his original vision for the ending after the jump

Television viewers were bewitched by the third iteration of American Horror Story. The witch-themed season conjured up 5.54 million total viewers and 3.87 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demo, easily the best performance for the AHS franchise. That number represents a whopping 44 percent increase in overall viewers when compared to last year’s American Horror Story: Asylum.

In addition, it beat NBC’s Ironside handily and came close to ABC’s Nashville. However, the 3.5 rating for 18-34 adults topped all programming in primetime. Take that, broadcast networks. When final Live+7 day data rolls in, American Horror Story: Coven could be the most-watched program in FX history.

Did you watch last night’s premiere? Without spoiling too much for those who haven’t seen it, how much would it suck to have Taissa Farmiga’s powers? Not fun at all, especially for some of you sluts out there ;) And can we take about that rape scene?

On the completely other spectrum, we have this season’s second casualty. Find out what show joins Lucky 7 as this season’s latest cancellation.

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