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VH1 renews 'Scream Queens' horror actress reality competition series


By Christopher Rocchio, 11/20/2009 

VH1 has renewed its Scream Queens reality competition series for a second season.

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Similar to its first season, Scream Queens' second edition will follow 10 actresses as they compete in a series of challenges designed to test their skills in the horror movie genre.

While actress Shawnee Smith mentored the first-season contestants and writer, director and producer James Gunn directed their performances for the reality series, the second-season hopefuls will instead be mentored by model/actress Jamie King and have their performances directed by Tim Sullivan.

John Homa will continue to serve as the show's acting coach and will also serve on the second-season judging panel along with King and Sullivan.

Scream Queens' second-season winner will receive an opportunity to star in Saw 3D, the newest installment in the Saw movie franchise -- which is also produced by the reality competition's Lionsgate production company.

"Real opportunities to break into feature films are rare in acting competitions and it's great to be able to deliver on that promise," said Lionsgate programming executive Kevin Beggs.

"We've enjoyed a terrific collaboration with VH1 on Scream Queens, and look forward to building on the success of the series with even more exciting challenges in Season 2."

Scream Queens' first season aired last fall and was won by Tanedra Howard, who subsequently starred as Simone in Saw VI.

"Horror films continue to dominate the pop culture landscape and are some of the biggest film franchises out there," said VH1 programming executive Jeff Olde.

"Following the success of last season's winner Tanedra Howard in Saw VI, we're looking forward to working with Lionsgate to find the next great horror actress."

Scream Queens' second season is currently slated to debut next year.

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