Oliver Hudson Drops 'Scream Queens' Hints, 'Clue' Comparison

It's "pushing the envelope of what is acceptable network television," the actor says of Ryan Murphy's latest series.
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Oliver Hudson already has a full-time gig playing the hated former label head Jeff Fordham on ABC's Nashville. But when he got the call to join Ryan Murphy's upcoming Fox series Scream Queens, he couldn't say no. 

"I love the fact that I was a father because I've never played a dad and I have three kids," says Hudson. "Now I get to do something a little softer and… more relatable for me. But at the same time, this guy has a real edge and he has got a lot of secrets. There is an intensity about him that will ultimately come out, and there's a mystery around this person."

And his character isn't the only one with secrets. "There's a mystery around all of these characters," says Hudson. "You don't know who's who, who's real, who's not, who's being honest and who has motive, and it's really exciting. It's like Clue."

From Glee creators Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Scream Queens received a straight-to-series order from Fox in October. The comedy-horror anthology series is headlined by Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts and revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders. "Tonally, it's something different than we've seen on network television," says Hudson. "I read it and was curious as to how Fox was going to allow some of the stuff on, because it was very much pushing the envelope of what is acceptable network television, which I love, and that's, like, standard Ryan. He's definitely not afraid."

Hudson joined the project just days before production started to replace Joe Manganiello, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. "It was by far the craziest experience going into a show that I've ever had," says Hudson. "I got a call from my agent on Wednesday saying, 'You might get offered this show.' I said, 'Ok, can I read the script?' He says, 'No.' I say, 'Well, what's the character?' He says, 'I don’t know, but it’s a Ryan Murphy project, so if you get it, you're doing it.'"

Scream Queens has been shrouded in secrecy for months, save for a few hints Lea Michele dropped last month about how her new character compares to her beloved Glee alter-ego Rachel Berry. "You will not recognize me, or Rachel, or anybody in [the show's central town] Hester; it is a whole different story there," Michele told THR.

The only downside to Hudson's new gig? It means more traveling for the Los Angeles-based actor, who is now juggling trips to Nashville and New Orleans, where Scream Queens films. "I have lapped up some serious miles," says Hudson. "It's exhausting, but it's a Cadillac problem."

There is no premiere date yet for Scream Queens.

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