13 items from 2015
Nicholas Gonzalez has been cast opposite Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt in Fox’s untitled pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels (aka Star). Co-written by Daniels and Tom Donaghy and directed by Daniels, the pilot follows three young women (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady) who form a girl group with hope of making it big in the music industry, and the choices they face along the way. Gonzalez, repped by Pakula/King & Associates and Link, will play the… »
Benjamin Bratt has signed on as the male lead in Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy’s as-yet-to-be-titled music industry pilot at Fox. He’ll star along with Queen Latifah as Jahil, a talent manager with impeccable taste, a hidden life and a drive for redemption. Set in Atlanta, the project follows the members of an up-and-coming girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry, and the choices they face along the way.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the pilot is written and exec produced by Daniels and Donaghy with Daniels directing. Fellow exec producers are Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown. Bratt, a “24: Live Another Day” and “Law & Order” alum, also »
- Whitney Friedlander
Benjamin Bratt is set to co-star opposite Queen Latifah in Fox's untitled pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels (aka Star). Co-written by Daniels and Tom Donaghy and directed by Daniels, the pilot follows three young women (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady), who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry, and the choices with which they're faced along the way. Bratt will play Jahil, a talent manager with impeccable taste, a hidden… »
The recent Wiz actress/singer will star in the untitled Fox project as Carlotta, the an Atlanta beauty salon owner who also happens to have an amazing voice.
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The potential series (fka Star) centers around three young women who form a musical act with hopes of making it big, and the choices they must face along the way.
Although Carlotta becomes a surrogate mother to »
Queen Latifah has landed a lead role in Lee Daniels’ untitled music project at Fox, which was formerly titled “Star,” Variety has learned. Three more regulars — all relative newcomers — have also been cast.
The Untitled Lee Daniels Music Pilot goes into production this month in Atlanta, and while the potential series has only been ordered to pilot at this point, Queen Latifah’s star power, combined with Daniels’ “Empire” track record at Fox, makes the project a strong contender for the 2016-17 television season.
The pilot revolves around three young women, who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of “Dreamgirls,” while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.
Queen Latifah will anchor the young cast, playing Carlotta, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
A new pilot from Empire creator Lee Daniels will go into production this December. Star, which will revolve around four female leads in a girl group, will be set in Atlanta, where it will also film. The pilot was written, directed, and executive-produced by Daniels. Writer Tom Donaghy (The Mentalist, The Whole Truth) will write and executive-produce with Daniels. While the show is not an Empire spinoff, it's also not not a spinoff, because Fox knows what's up. As Fox CEO Dana Walden stated, "It is modern-day music music in Atlanta and Empire is modern-day music business in New York. It’s not inconceivable that the two shows can cross." Included in the casting breakdown for the female leads — Star, Alexandra, Simone, and Cotton — is the call for Cotton to be played by a half-African-American, half-Latina transgender woman "with an eye for fashion." Here's hoping Cookie flies down to Atlanta »
- Ira Madison III
Star, the new music-themed drama pilot from Empire co-creator/executive producer Lee Daniels, will film off-cycle, with production slated to begin in December in Atlanta. The pilot, from 20th Century Fox Television, where Daniels is under an overall deal, was greenlighted by the network in August. Written, directed and executive-produced by Daniels and co-written/executive produced by Tom Donaghy, Star is set in Atlanta and centers on three girls — one White, one Black… »
Fox hopes that it’s found the new “Empire” — and the network and studio didn’t have to go very far to get it. Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to his massive hip-hop soap opera hit has its casting underway, and the project will enter production this December in Atlanta. “Star,” from 20th Century Fox Television, is written, directed and executive-produced by Daniels. Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) will serve as a writer and executive producer on the pilot. The project is the first to emerge from Daniels’ multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Also Read: 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels' 'Star' Will Focus on White. »
- Tony Maglio
“The Mentalist” writer and producer Tom Donaghy will work with “Empire” creator Lee Daniels on his new musical drama “Star,” Daniels revealed Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “Star” will be set in Atlanta against the backdrop of the music biz, much like “Empire.” This one, however, will tell the story from the perspective of the artists: three girls who came together to form a band in hopes of rising to the top. Also Read: Pitbull Joins 'Empire' A-List of Season 2 Guest Stars Speaking to a small group of reporters after the “Empire” panel, Lee revealed additional details. »
- Linda Ge
Fox opened its day at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour with a big announcement: The network is teaming with Empire co-creator Lee Daniels for a new music drama pilot. Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced that the network has ordered Star, a drama pilot set in the music business. "Like Empire, it's set against the backdrop of the music business but from a different perspective," Walden said. Daniels will write, exec produce and direct Star. Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth) will serve as a writer and Ep on the pilot alongside
- Lesley Goldberg
With the success of "Empire," Fox is continuing their relationship with both producer Lee Daniels and shows about the behind the scenes of the music business.
The network has ordered the drama pilot "Star," an Atlanta-set tale about three girls rising to the top as they form a band.
Speaking at the network's TCA presentation, Fox TV chief Dana Walden says: "The project features a lot of Lee's own DNA and represents a new perspective, that of the artist. The setup lends to a great soap operatic storytelling machine."
Daniels will co-write and executive produce the project with "The Whole Truth" creator Tom Donaghy. There is reportedly crossover potential between "Star" and "Empire," though there are no plans at this time.
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- Garth Franklin
Last night, CBS dropped the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Mentalist" episode 9 of season 7, and it gives us new looks at some intriguing action as Patrick is spotted, going against all the FBI rules in the newest case, and more! The episode is titled, "Copper Bullet." In the new, 9th episode official plotline: Jane is going to end up putting together a risky plan to save Abbott's career. Plotline number 2: When Abbott's old boss, Agent Peterson, threatens Abbott's career -and possibly his freedom, Jane will devise a risky plan to protect his friend's future. The episode was written by Tom Donaghy, and it was directed by Tom Snyder. Episode 9 is scheduled to air on Wednesday night, January 28th at 7pm central time on CBS. »
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Mentalist" episode 9 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Copper Bullet," and it turns out that we're going to see some intriguing stuff go down as Patrick hatches up a plan that may stop Abbott's career from going down the tubes, and more. In the new, 9th episode press release: Jane will devise a risky plan to save Abbott's career. Press release number 2: When Abbott's old boss, Agent Peterson, threatens Abbott's career -and possibly his freedom, Jane is going to devise a risky plan to protect his friend's future. Guest stars feature: Shenik Taylor (Stacey), Cheryl Lynn Bowers (Missy), Braden Lynch (Legislative Aide) and Stephan Jared (Cop). The episode was written by Tom Donaghy, and it was directed by Tom Snyder. Episode 9 is set to air on Wednesday night, January 28th at 7pm central time on CBS. »
13 items from 2015
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