Lee Daniels Confirms the Fight to Save Star Is Now Over
UPDATE: 05/30/19: After giving Star fans hope a few days ago that the show could live on, creator Lee Daniels confirmed that the drama, which was recently canceled by Fox after three seasons, is now officially dead.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Daniels admitted the show could not find a new home. “So I got some bad news. It ain’t happening. I tried my best, guys,” he said in the video. However, he also said that Star will live on because “I exist and it will exist in all of my work.”
He went on to thank the show’s fans in the caption for the video. “Thank you guys for loving Star!” he wrote. “I’m at a loss for words to describe my sadness. So I’m gunna just say THANKS ….to my incredible cast and crew and FANS!!!! And a shout out to #foxtv for letting us into your homes every Wednesday.”
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Even though Fox canceled Star a little over two weeks ago, that isn’t going to stop series creator Lee Daniels from trying to keep it on the air. In an Instagram post featuring a clip of the show, Daniels ominously wrote that he was “fighting” for the show, and will have an answer as to whether or not it’s been saved “this week… or top of next!”
The Empire spin-off, which ran for three seasons, followed a group of singers (Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady, and Ryan Destiny) navigating life in the music industry in Atlanta. The Season 3 finale ended on a major cliffhanger, as Miss Ruby (Juanita Jennings) was killed by the same gang members who later opened fire on guests at Derek (Quincy Brown) and Alex’s (Destiny) wedding reception. The last time we saw many characters, they were either gravely wounded or clinging to life. With the show’s cancellation, their fate has been left unanswered.
Star’s cancellation was shocking, but not unexpected, as the series was never a huge breakout for Fox, unlike Empire; that show was renewed Season 6 amid the Jussie Smollett scandal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, possible homes for Star include BET and OWN, but nothing has been announced, let alone finalized, yet.