Say what you want about MTV’s television reboot of the Scream franchise, but it made for one hell of a ride, often getting darker and more disturbing than the Wes Craven films ever did. But even after turning in an incredible second season, declining ratings became impossible to overlook, though we could at least find some consolation in the fact that it’d been renewed for a third season to consist of six episodes. Needless to say, that’d provide ample time to wrap up some notably huge dangling threads.
Or so we thought.
In a bizarre turn of events, the network opted to completely scrap two years’ worth of storytelling, handily pissing off the entire fanbase. As it so happens, they’re now moving forward with a re-reboot helmed by new showrunners that also features an entirely new cast, which boasts Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), RJ Cyler (I’m Dying Up Here), Giorgia Whigham (13 Reasons Why), Jessica Sula (Recovery Road), rapper Tyga (aka Michael Ray Stevenson), C.J. Wallace and Giullian Yao Gioiello (Julie’s Greenroom).
Being ever the optimist and a longtime lover of the Scream brand, I was looking forward to the season 3 premiere that was set to arrive in March of 2018. And with but a few days remaining in this calendar month, I was beginning to wonder if I missed something and began searching the internet for an exact premiere date that simply wasn’t there.
As if they were reading my mind, Forbes had this to offer in a recent piece centered on Keke Palmer:
“Palmer is also set to star in Scream, which was at one time executive produced by the beleaguered Weinsteins. It’s an affiliation that caused a ‘little holdup’ and at the time of the interview she didn’t know exactly when it would release. Weinstein’s credit was reportedly removed from the upcoming season.”
So, there you have it: The delay was seemingly a product of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Still, hope remains, as the publication also said that “Palmer affirmed that the showrunner said everything ‘looked great’ and the show would release soon, most likely this spring.”
Considering that the previous two seasons of Scream premiered in the late spring/early summer timeframe, the series can at least lay claim to returning at a time which viewers have already grown accustomed. Of course, we’ll have that air date for you once official word is given, so be sure to stay tuned.