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MTV renews 'Scream' for a shortened third season, casting new lead

By Sarah Mulé

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- MTV announced its slasher series Scream will return for a third season but will feature only six episodes and a new lead, who has yet to be cast.

The new season will premiere in 2017, though the network did not confirm if Season 3 will be the show's last.

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The third season also brings another change in the series' lead. First season leads Jill Blotevogal and Jamie Paglia were replaced by Michael Gans and Richard Register in Season 2.

The series premiered with a 10-episode run which was increased to 12 in its second season, including a two-hour Halloween special that will air on Oct. 18.

Ratings have gone steadily downhill for the show which is inspired by the Wes Craven film franchise. It started with 1.03 million viewers in its first season and dropped to just 341,000 in the second.

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