Fox continues to give out early renewals. Following the Season 2 pickup for Lethal Weapon this morning, the network also has renewed its current Wednesday companion, fellow freshman drama series Star.
The music drama comes with great pedigree, co-created by the co-creator of Fox’s biggest series in years, Empire‘s Lee Daniels, as well as Tom Donaghy. Launching behind the fall finale of Empire, Star has not been a breakout like the soapy hip-hop family drama. But it has been stable, averaging a Live+Same Day rating between 1.2 and 1.3 in adults 18-49 for the past five weeks, rising to about 1.9 in Live+7. Its L7 average of 2.1 demo rating is a below Lethal Weapon (2.5) and above Lucifer (1.9), which also was renewed recently, along with Fox flagship Empire.
The four early drama renewals leave on the bubble big-budget DC series Gotham as well as low-rated freshmen Pitch and The Exorcist and sophomore Scream Queens. Like Star, Pitch and Scream Queens come from some of the most important producers at Fox sibling 20th TV — This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman (Pitch) and American Horror Story and American Crime Story mastermind Ryan Murphy (Scream Queens) — so these renewal discussions likely won’t be strictly ratings performance-based. Fox also has two midseason drama series that just premiered, 24: Legacy and APB. On the comedy side, the only series renewed so far is new midseason entry The Mick.
Star, whose cast includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady, Ryan Destiny, Amiyah Scott and Quincy Brown, averages 7.5 million multi-platform audience, according to Fox. It follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business. The Season 1 finale airs March 15 before Empire returns to the Wednesday 9 PM time period. Guest stars set to appear on Star over the next four weeks include Naomi Campbell, Big Boi, Rickey Smiley, Missy Elliott and Paris Jackson.
“Lee Daniels is a true visionary, and he and Tom Donaghy have delivered a series with a unique and meaningful point of view,” Fox Entertainment president David Madden said.
Star is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Daniels and Donaghy executive produce with Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown. Chuck Pratt is executive producer/showrunner.
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