New Fox series Star has found a new showrunner. Charles Pratt (Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) has been tapped to helm the series, created/executive produced by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. Pratt succeeds Charley Murray, who served as co-showrunner alongside Donaghy before exiting last week over creative differences for the direction of the show. Pratt’s appointment comes after a brief but extensive search that included several seasoned writer-producers being approached.

Set in Atlanta, Star revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. The series, whose pilot was directed by Daniels, will feature original music, along with musical fantasy sequences, as the girls dream of their future. Its cast includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.

Daniels, Donaghy, Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown executive produce with Pratt. Star starts shooting in Atlanta later this month for a midseason premiere.

Pratt, who most recently served as head writer of CBS’ The Young and the Restless, is repped by Paradigm.