‘Star’ Gets 5 More Episodes From Fox

“Empire” companion will now have 18 episodes in Season 2


“Star” will shine on a little longer for Fox.

The “Empire” companion series just got an additional five-episode order from the network, increasing Season 2’s length to 18 hours.

The series, which follows three singers on their road to success, hails from Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. It now airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m., with a strong lead-in from 8 o’clock’s newest drama, “Empire.”

On this week’s episode, while preparing for an upcoming TV appearance with recording artist Noah Brooks (Luke James), the girls (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) learn that they will be singing backup rather than co-headlining the performance. Anxious for the girls’ next big move, Carlotta (Queen Latifah) turns to the new A&R executive, Maurice (guest star Lance Gross), for help on a new deal. Meanwhile, Jahil (Benjamin Bratt) tries his hand at producing music, Cotton (Amiyah Scott) struggles with starting her new job and Star (Demorest) comes face-to-face with an unexpected person from her past.

“Star” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. In addition to Daniels and Donaghy, Pamela Oas Williams and Karin Gist are executive producers. Gist is showrunner.