Lee Daniels’ Fox Series ‘Star’ Sets Charles Murray as Showrunner

Writer-producer Murray signs two-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV

Last Updated: May 4, 2016 @ 6:03 PM

Charles Murray has been set as executive producer and showrunner of Lee Daniels‘ Fox show “Star,” TheWrap has learned.

The show was recently picked up to series for the 2016-17 season. The gig for Murray comes as part of a two-year deal that he just signed with 20th Century Fox Television, under which the writer-producer will also develop new projects for the studio.

“Star” follows three talented singers who navigate the cutthroat music business on their road to success, and it stars three newcomers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) as the young singers. Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt will also star, and the series will feature original music, along with musical fantasy sequences. Lenny Kravitz has been set to guest star.

“Charles has written in every conceivable genre … [from] ‘Sons of Anarchy’ to ‘Castle’ to ‘Criminal Minds,'” said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis in a statement. “He literally defines versatility, and he brings a passion for excellence and a confidence to every project. ‘Star’ is a huge priority for the network; it’s wildly ambitious and packed with talent from the luminous Queen Latifah to the bright young discoveries that form the girl group at its center. Charles is exactly the right showrunner to take on this exciting series and ensure that we not only shoot for the stars but actually reach them.”

Daniels’ drama is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Daniels, Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”), Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown serve as executive producers. Daniels and Donaghy wrote the pilot script, which was directed by Daniels.

Murray is coming off of executive producer duties on Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” and he was co-EP/writer on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” Other credits include “Criminal Minds,” “Castle” and “Third Watch.” He is represented by Paradigm and Anonymous.