AceShowbiz - A new show from "Empire" creator Lee Daniels is coming to FOX. The network announces at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that they have ordered a pilot for a new drama called "Star" which will take place in the cutthroat music business as well.
"Like Empire, it's set against the backdrop of the music business but from a very different perspective," Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman says. "Set Atlanta, it's about three girls who come together to form a band and it's about their rise to the top in a very challenging business. It's the perspective of the artist and, without getting too much into the storyline, one of our characters is rising out of poverty and there is a lot from Lee's own life that's baked into the DNA of this project."
Daniels will write and exec produce along with Tom Donaghy ("The Whole Truth"). He will also direct the pilot. Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden says the new show is meant to stand on its own although there is a possibility of a crossover as both "Empire" and "Star" are set in modern day, with the former taking place in New York.
"Lee talks a lot about everything from Dreamgirls to modern-day girl groups that are manufactured, that are put together, that don't have an organic reason to be together but are tied to each other and that set-up lends itself to a great soap operatic storytelling machine," Walden explains. "Lee loved the mixture of drama and soap and music, and thinks it's a very potent combo. Love the idea of characters who have inherent talent who rise out of circumstance based on talent, that's part of the American dream."