‘Star’ Is Officially Dead, Creator Lee Daniels Says

Daniels had been trying to shop the canceled Fox musical series to other networks

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Lee Daniels’ attempts at finding a new home for “Star” have come up empty, the series co-creator said in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“I tried my best guys … But in a nutshell it ain’t happening,” Daniels said in a video. “I did my best.”

The admission comes a day after Daniels said he’d been having conversations with other networks and streaming platforms about saving the musical drama.

Though the possibility of a “Star” is officially dead for the time being, Daniels also promised in the video that the spirit of the show would continue to live on “in all of my work” going forward.


Set in hip-hop haven Atlanta, “Star” followed 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 included Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Lenny Kravitz as guest star.

Daniels’ vow to shop “Star” around to other networks and streaming platforms came in the wake of a string broadcast shows finding new homes post-cancellation, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Designated Survivor” and “Lucifer.” Ultimately, “Star” follows in the footsteps the recently-canceled ABC dramedy “Whiskey Cavalier,” whose revival talks also fell through.