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Lee Daniels’ ‘Star’ Gets New Showrunner

Soap veteran Chuck Pratt will replace the departing Charles Murray

Lee Daniels‘ midseason Fox drama “Star” has found a new showrunner in Chuck Pratt, TheWrap has learned.

The “Melrose Place” alum replaces Charles Murray, who stepped down because he did not share the same vision for the series as co-creators Daniels and Tom Donaghy, we’re told. The parting of ways was amicable.

Filming on “Star” begins later this month in Atlanta.

Set in hip-hop haven Atlanta, “Star” follows three young women (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical act and navigate the cutthroat business on their way to success. The cast also includes Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt. The series will feature original music, along with musical fantasy sequences. Lenny Kravitz has been tapped to guest star.

“Star” will air Wednesdays at 9/8c — the “Empire” time slot — beginning in early 2017. Daniels, 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.

A prolific soap opera writer and producer, Pratt was most recently the head writer and executive producer on “The Young and the Restless.” His primetime credits include “Melrose Place,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty.” He is represented by Paradigm.