On television Fox’s “Star” is just plain bad
You’ll have to suspend a lot of belief to watch “Star,” the new music drama from “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels. Is it worth it? Well, that depends.
Do you live for terrible TV movies? Mediocre pop songs? Are you a person who would watch anything starring Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, Tyrese Gibson or Benjamin Bratt? Is your TV covered in bubble wrap so that it’s protected when you scream “oh, come on!” and hurl something at the screen?
These are just a few questions you should consider before watching “Star,” which premieres Wednesday on Fox. (Subsequent episodes will air weekly beginning Jan. 4.)
The show follows three young women trying to break into the music scene. Star (Jude Demorest) has spent most of her life in foster care following her mother’s death from a drug overdose. She has been recording tracks with Alexandra (Ryan Destiny), an aspiring singer she met on Instagram and who (unbeknownst to Star) is the daughter of a wealthy rock musician (Kravitz) with little interest in her music. Star tracks down her 16year-old sister, Simone (Brittany O’Grady), who she has not seen in five years, to round out their girl group.
Two scrappy orphans and a poor little rich girl destined for fame isn’t the most original premise. But Daniels, who co-created the series with Tom Donaghy, has a list of proven hits. In addition to his work on “Empire,” he directed “The Butler” and “Precious,” earning an Oscar nomination for the latter.
If you’re familiar with Daniels’ work, you know to expect a certain level of camp, and there’s an overabundance here. If campiness were the only issue, “Star” could still pass muster as awesomely bad TV. (“Empire” often veers into that category.) Unfortunately, “Star” suffers from stilted dialogue and a narrative so sloppy it over-