On the drama side, Fox has hip-hop drama Empire and pilot Star, about a trio of young female singers, from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels. The network, which broke ground in the genre with Glee, is now eyeing a half-hour addition to its staple of series with musical elements. Left Of Center, which has a script commitment, is described as a music-driven, workplace comedy that centers on a group of four backup singers who become an unconventional family, despite the fact that each of them thinks they have what it takes to be the star. The single-camera project, from Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group, is being written by Partners co-creator Robert Horn. He is executive producing with Berman.
Horn has a musical theater background. His stage credits include 13 and Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, an adaptation of the television series Hee Haw, which recently had its world premiere at Dallas Theatre Center. Horn is repped by CAA, The Shuman Company, and attorney Ryan Nord.
The Jackal Group also is behind Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake. In series development, the company has drama Horrorstor at Fox with Josh Schwartz and comedy The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up at NBC.