‘Empire’ Spin-off ‘Star’ Pushed Back to Mid-Season
Once thought to be airing this summer, Fox’s upcoming Empire spin-off, Star, has now been pushed back to mid-season and will reportedly air sometime in the spring of 2017. At their Upfront event yesterday, the network unveiled the first trailer for the series, which appears to be named after the character played by twenty-seven old former Dallas actress, Jude Demorest.
The rest of the cast includes Ryan Destiny (Alexandra), Brittany O’Grady (Simone), Queen Latifah (Carlotta) and Benjamin Bratt (Jahil).
As I previously said, this show lacks star power, which my money says is probably why it got pushed back to mid-season. Star is missing something, and as I wrote awhile ago, that something is Black Girl Magic. In his quest to win over the burbs, Lee Daniels watered the cast down, choosing one black actress and two white actresses, who I’m sure he hopes will help pull in white audiences. Problem is, this isn’t a demographic that’s gonna tune in to a Lee Daniels production… at least not at first.
Fox still has time to fix what I consider to be a really generic looking show. Just hire a beautiful black actress who can also sing and dance. I hear Nicole Beharie might have some free time on her hands. *wink* *wink” *nudge* *nudge*