Lee Daniels took to Instagram to announce that despite his efforts, no network wanted to revive ‘Star’ after Fox cancelled the show last month.
The series about three female singers from very different backgrounds trying to make it to the top of the charts and not get dragged down by their own baggage was created by Daniels and Tom Donaghy. Like with “Empire” and most of his projects, Daniels used his character’s struggles, both professionally and personally, to delve into social and cultural issues like class, race, gender and sexuality.
“Star” debuted on December 14, 2016 with the Daniels-co-created blockbuster “Empire” as its lead-in. During its run, the series had high-rated crossovers with the Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard-fronted mothership series, including the now ex-“Empire” star Jussie Smollett show up in Season 2 in his Jamal Lyon role.
Soon after the cancellation of “Star” was announced, newly minted Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier called the decision a “tough choice,” saying it was tied to the fact the network wanted to prioritize “Empire” as that show moves into its sixth and final season.
Of course, the fact that during what is now its third and final season “Star” saw its ratings hover around 0.9 among the 18-49 demographic probably didn’t help check that renewal box either.
Watch Lee’s announcement below.