Oh, the horror! Pop superstar Ariana Grande is headed back to TV, officially joining the new Ryan Murphy-crafted show Scream Queens.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the co-CEOs of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, took the stage at the TCA Winter Press Tour to announce the casting of Grande for a recurring role on the series. Scream Queens has been described as a comedy-horror anthology, and also stars Glee actress Lea Michele and True Blood alum Joe Manganiello.
According to E! Online, the new anthology series from Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders. Set in a sorority house, the initial first season will be 15 hour-long episodes.
“We trust [Murphy] implicitly and he has proven over the years that he has great instincts for building characters that people care about and fall in love with,” Fox boss Gary Newman told E!. “He brings an outrageousness to what he does that is his unique signature and ‘Scream Queens,’ he’s literally the perfect person to do this. It’s going to be an amazing, suspenseful, fun run.”
And hopefully, filled with only on-screen drama. As many may recall, Ariana Grande’s last foray into television did not go as well. Nickelodeon’s Sam and Cat, starring Ariana and Jeanette McCurdy, was cancelled after only one season, following reported drama between the two stars. A Twitter war also reportedly erupted soon after, with many sites wondering if McCurdy took shots at Grande through her new web series What’s Next for Sarah. McCurdy dismissed those rumors with a since deleted tweet.
Meanwhile, Grande’s star has skyrocketed following the cancellation of Sam and Cat. My Everything, featuring the smash hit “Problem,” has catapulted Ariana’s stardom into the stratosphere. She’s followed up “Problem” (which also featured breakout Australian rapper Iggy Azalea) with another Hot 100 Top 5 track, “Break Free.” Her third single, “Love Me Harder,” peaked at number seven on the charts, and Grande will soon be releasing, “One Last Time” as her fourth single from My Everything, which was confirmed by Direct Lyrics.
If that’s not enough, Ariana Grande will also be featured on the big screen. According to MTV News, Grande was added to the voice cast of Underdogs, the English re-dubbing of a computer-animated Argentine movie called Metegol. The first official trailer for the American version was released this past week, which also features the voice talents of co-stars Matthew Morrison, Nicholas Hoult and Katie Holmes.
[Ariana Grande image via Direct Lyrics]