Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FOX Gives Series Orders to Dramas '24: Legacy' and 'Star'

FOX has become the first broadcast network to give series order pickups from its current pilot slate for the 2016-17 season. Today, the network has ordered 12 episodes of the 24 reboot, 24: Legacy, and 13 episodes of Lee Daniels' new drama Star.

24: LEGACY is a new take on the franchise that features an all-new cast of characters and is structure in the same real-time style of the original series. The drama revolves around a military hero's (Corey Hawkins, Straight Outta Compton) return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back - compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

The drama also stars Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits, Dan Bucatinsky, Teddy Sears, Sheila Vand, Anna Diop, Coral Pena, Charlie Hofheimer, Ashley Thomas and Zayne Emory.

Manny Coto and Evan Katz - who worked on the original 24 - wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunners for the new series. They also executive produce with Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Kiefer Sutherland (who will not have an onscreen presence) and pilot director Stephen Hopkins. 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Teakwood Lane Productions produce.

Set in Atlanta, STAR revolves around three girls (newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny & Brittany O'Grady) who come together to form a band. The drama details their rise to the top in a challenging business. While Empire is told from the point of view of music executives, Star will be told from the perspective of the artist. The series will feature original music, along with stunning musical fantasy sequences, as the girls dream of their future.

The drama also stars Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Nicholas Gonzalez and Amiyah Scott. Lenny Kravitz will appear as a guest star in the first season.

Lee Daniels directed the pilot, which he co-wrote with Tom Donaghy. They will executive produce with Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown. 20th Century Fox Television produces.