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Reeling From 'American Idol' Downfall, Fox Turns to Horror

  • Comedy `Scream Queens' is Fox's marquee new show this season
  • `Glee' creator tapped to build on success of `Empire'
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When Dana Walden and Gary Newman assumed control of the Fox broadcast network in July 2014, their first call was to Ryan Murphy, a creator of “Glee” and “American Horror Story.”

Walden and Newman hoped Murphy would help them revive a network that once dominated the ratings with “American Idol” and has struggled to find consistent hits since that show’s popularity sagged. With “Scream Queens,” Murphy’s horror comedy that made its debut Tuesday night, they will soon find out if they were right.