Monday, April 19, 2021

Lee Daniels Announces 2-hour ‘Star’ ‘Movie of the Week’ in the Works [VIDEO]

STAR cast
(L-R) Actors Amiyah Scott, Naomi Campbell, Benjamin Bratt, and Queen Latifah, Co-creators/Co-writers/Executive producers Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, and Executive producer Pamela Oas Williams of the television show ‘Star’ speak onstage during the FOX portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California.
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*In a video posted on social media Friday, Lee Daniels announced that his axed musical drama “Star” will be returning as a “movie of the week to wrap up things up for y’all,” after three seasons on the Fox network. 

“Get ready for a two-hour gag!!!!!” Daniels captioned the clip on Instagram (watch it below).

Back in May, Fox announced the cancellation of “Star,” which follows three female singers who form a musical group and navigate the cutthroat business on their way to success. The series starred Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady, Queen Latifah, Quincy Brown and Amiyah Scott. The last episode aired on Wednesday (May 8), leaving fans with many questions after a shocking Season 3 cliffhanger

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Get ready for a two hour GAG!!!!! ⭐️

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“The bad news is that ‘Star’ is not getting picked up for series,” Daniels says in the video. The show’s cancellation reportedly stemmed from Disney’ $71 billion merger with Fox, ratings was not a part of the decision, according to Hollywood Unlocked

The sitcom averaged 3.5 million viewers for Season 3, compared to Season 2’s 4.1 million, and hit a series low in May , according to series TVLine.

Daniels attempted to shop the series to other networks, but to no avail, as noted by TheWrap. But Lee informed viewers that they “have not seen the last” of “Star” and promised to create “closure” for fans of the show. 

The Oscar nominee now plans to “make something real special for you to scream about with all of our cast members, even the dead ones.” 

The acclaimed producer did not say which network the two-hour “Star” movie will air, although the assumption is that it will return to its original home on Fox. 

“Star’s” cancelation comes after Fox renewed “Empire” for Season 6, though series star Jussie Smollett’s return seems unlikely. 

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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