Scream, MTV’s series adaptation of the hit teen movie franchise, has been renewed for a mini third season of 6 episodes to premiere in 2017. The network would not say whether this would be the final installment of the show, from Dimension TV, whose first two seasons consisted of 10 and 13 episodes each.
Like the second-season renewal, the third-season pickup for Scream comes with a showrunner change. Michael Gans and Richard Register, who were brought in as showrunners at the beginning of the second season, replacing Season 1 showrunners Jill Blotevogal and Jaime Paglia, are gone. Search is underway for their replacement.
There has been a lot of turnover on Scream, which went through a lengthy development process. Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin were originally tapped to pen the pilot script, which later was rewritten by Blotevogel (all 3 got writing credit).
The series has had a bumpy run on TV. Its most recent second season drew an average of 377,000 viewers in Live+same day, half of the audience for Season 1. Harvey and Bob Weinstein executive producer under the Dimension TV production umbrella. Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad also executive produce. Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are producers.
The renewal comes ahead of the MTV’s two-hour Scream Halloween special on October 18, which sets the stage for the new season. It picks up eight months after Kieran’s (Amadeus Serafini) arrest (Kieran was revealed to be the killer at the end of Season 2).
Dimension TV is currently in production on The Mist with Spike, based on the Stephen King novella, and Spy Kids: Mission Critical with Netflix, based on the film franchise. Both are set to premiere in 2017.