Lee Daniels Announces Your Next TV Addiction: An Empire Spinoff

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels Announces Your Next TV Addiction: An Empire Spinoff

New drama series will focus on Atlanta's aspiring singers.

Published August 7, 2015

After the runaway success of Empire, it's no surprise that Fox wants to be in the Lee Daniels business. Thankfully, the filmmaker and mogul is more than happy to satisfy the network's — and our — appetites for more drama this fall with a brand new series called Star.

Daniels teased the idea of another show in the Empire vein at the Television Critics Association summer press tour this week, saying, "Without question there will be a spinoff." And now we have details: Star will follow a group of aspiring singers looking to break through in Atlanta's cutthroat R&B scene. 

“Like Empire, it’s set against the backdrop of the music business but from a very different perspective,” Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman told the crowd at TCA. “Set in 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 [from] 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 a lot from Lee’s own life that’s baked into the DNA of this project.

“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,” he added. “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.” 

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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