This was posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Good news for Atlanta production: Fox has renewed Lee Daniels' musical drama "Star" for a second season.
After middling reviews, the show about a trio of women trying to break into the music business in Atlanta has performed adequately but not anywhere close to what his show "Empire" pulled in its first season. Then again, expecting a repeat of "Empire's" success again would have been presumptuous.
"Star" draws about 7.5 million viewers a week after multi-platform options are included. Overnight viewership has been about 4 million in recent weeks.
“Lee Daniels is a true visionary and he and Tom Donaghy have delivered a series with a unique and meaningful point of view,” said David Madden, Fox TV president in a press release. “Our incredible cast, led by Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt, instantly infused their characters with tremendous depth and passion, and the show has proved to be both powerful and really entertaining. We are thrilled that this 'Star' will continue to shine for a second season.”
The 13-episode first season, which debuted last month (but had a preview episode air in December) has three episodes to go. It airs on Wednesdays at 9. Future guest stars this season include Atlanta's Big Boi, Rickey Smiley, Paris Jackson, Naomi Campbell and Missy Elliott.
Plotwise, according to Fox, "news of Otis’ murder continues to wreak havoc on God’s Blessings Beauty Salon and threatens to break up the family, as the girls will face life-changing decisions that could tear them apart."
This show was renewed the same week as two other freshman Fox shows: the comedy "The Mick" (reaching 8 million multi-platform) and the reboot of "Lethal Weapon." (11 million multi-platform).