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Fox's 'Scream Queens' sorority-slasher is a howler in more ways than one

Fox's 'Scream Queens' sorority-slasher is a howler in more ways than one

When asking her to appear in his horror-comedy "Scream Queens," co-creator Ryan Murphy reportedly told Jamie Lee Curtis that he wouldn't make it if she wasn't in it.

Murphy knows what he's doing; not only is Curtis as good a get as there is to be got, she is absolutely the best thing about the new Fox series, which attempts a post-modern riff on the genre her screams begat. The series premieres Tuesday.

It's a concept right in Murphy's sweet spot. Along with co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, he has been deconstructing pop culture for years: "Nip/Tuck's" savage look at the cult of beauty, "Glee's" caustic, poignant view of high school,...

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