Monday, June 17, 2024

“Empire” Spin Off is The Monkees Meets Destiny’s Child about Four Aspiring Pop Starlets


TV EXCLUSIVE “Empire” is such a big hit that of course, everyone wants a spin off. But history shouldn’t repeat itself: When “Dynasty” took existing characters and spun off “The Colbys,” it was a disaster. The new show lasted one season. Its theme music was later repurposed for “Star Trek.”

Now I’m told that Lee Daniels is casting a pilot that will feature four young women who are aspiring pop stars. This sounds like an “Empire” spin off, as a record company would be involved. It’s called “Star.”

The ladies’ names in this show are Star, Cotton, Alexandra, and Simone. They’re 18-20 years, black, white, and mixed, and one of them is, naturally, transgender.

What could be interesting is if the four girls gel, and become a singing group that makes records in real life– sort of “The Monkees” become Destiny’s Child. That’s a whole other income stream for everyone, especially Sony Music.

Daniels isn’t diluting “Empire” to make this pilot. “Empire” writer Danny Strong isn’t involved. Instead, Daniels’ writer on the show is Tom Donaghy, whose credits include “The Mentalist” and a Rob Morrow show I guess I missed called “The Whole Truth.”

Could Cookie make appearances? We’ll see….

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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