FOX has officially given a series order to Lee Daniel’s new drama, Star, set to premiere in the upcoming 2016-2017 season. This addition to the FOX slate will be the second show by Daniels to air on the network.
The series will revolve around three talented singers as they navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady will star as the young singers. Star will feature original music, along with stunning musical fantasy sequences, as the three girls dream of their future. While Empire is told from the point of view of music executives, Star will be told from the perspective of the artist.
Star has been an early favorite for a series pickup as it received the greenlight in August as a potential companion to the musically themed series Empire. Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (Bessie) and Benjamin Bratt (24: Live Another Day, Law & Order) will star in the series as well. Lenny Kravitz is also set to guest star in the series.
FOX has also picked up 24: Legacy for series starring Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Miranda Otto (Homeland) and Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy). These two series’ join the Prison Break revival; limited series Shots Fired by Gina Prince-Bythewood; and live-action/animated comedy Son of Zorn.
Effie Brown, VP of production and development at Lee Daniels’ Fox-based production company, will serve as an executive producer of the Star alongside the show’s creator Lee Daniels (Empire), Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth), and Pamela Oas Williams. The pilot was directed by Daniels and written by both Daniels and Donaghy.