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Lea Michele Exits 'Scream Queens' to Join New ABC Comedy

Lea Michele Exits 'Scream Queens' to Join New ABC Comedy

Lea Michele has been cast in a new comedy pilot for ABC and she will not return to Fox’s Scream Queens if the series is given a third season.

The 30-year-old actress will star alongside Tony winner Daveed Diggs in a currently untitled comedy about a city mayor.

The series will follow “what happens when an outspoken, idealistic rapper Courtney (Search Party‘s Brandon Micheal Hall) runs for office as a publicity stunt. When he actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms city hall,” according to THR.

Lea‘s character was reportedly originally planned to be Courtney’s chief of staff, but the role is being modified to fit her.

Ryan Murphy has reportedly released Lea from her deal to star in the potential third season of Scream Queens. The show has not yet been renewed and is still on the bubble as pilot season heads into full swing. If the show does return, it will come back without Hester Ulrich.

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  • angg1

    Good for her. Scream Queens sucked!

  • Jane Ninke

    Good. I like Scream Queens but that character should have been left out of season two.

  • Lanes

    For me, she was actually the highlight of the latest season of SQ. Looking forward to seeing her outside of Fox/a RM project.

  • Eliyau Taieb

    Someone know what the name of the new comedy?

  • preen

    Sounds like Scream Queens has been cancelled. They’re even letting her out of her contract which is something they don’t like to do. Scream Queens had low ratings and lost half of its audience for season 2 – they should not have focused the show so heavily around the Chanels. So, a cancellation is not surprising. I’m not really into Lea but from what I saw of S2, she was one of the bright spots along with Glen Powell, Niecy Nash and Jamie Lee Curtis.

  • Anoni Mouse

    Thank Allah, she was an ok character in the 1st season and just insufferable in the 2nd.

  • Effy

    Still untitled.