Starring: Jude DeMorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady, Amiyah Scott, Quincy Brown, with Benjamin Bratt, and Queen Latifah
Created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy
Written by Lee Daniels & Tom Donaghy, Directed by Lee Daniels
Star is a new drama from the people who created the phenom Empire and it's certainly easy to see some parallels though this is quite a different show and one that I think will have a hard time keeping the Empire crowd around. Star is centered on three girls: sisters Star and Simone (Jude DeMorest and Brittany O'Grady) who team up with a rich daughter of a star looking to make it on her own, Alex (Ryan Destiny). The three girls move to Atlanta and try to get a big break while living with Carlotta (Queen Latifah), the owner of a salon. Rounding out the main cast is Carlotta's daughter, Cotton (Amiyah Scott), neighbor Derek (Quincy Brown), and talent manager Jahil Rivera (Benjamin Bratt).
The performances in Star were solid though I have to say I'm getting a little tired of Queen Latifah playing these types of roles. She was fine as she always is, but she seems to have gotten very pigeon-holed at this point. Benjamin Bratt seemed promising but didn't have a lot to do in the pilot. As for the three lead girls, they were solid but the writing didn't do any favors to Star, who could be a really interesting character, but so far seems to be every cliche in the book for a girl in her type of situation.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Ehh. I might but if I'm being honest with myself, this is not a show that's going to become part of my regular lineup so why even bother with an episode two?