Beverly Hills -- The big, as they tend to get in TV, just got bigger: "Empire" showrunner and creator, Lee Daniels, just picked up a new show order from Fox.
That was the headliner in a series of quick announcements from Fox Thursday morning. The network -- still understandably giddy from the success of "Empire" (17 million weekly viewers!) -- also announced a "special event" 10-episode return of "Prison Break." ("The X Files" is also getting "eventized," to use the term of art for such reboots.) "Break," which ended in 2009, got new life on Netflix, and -- because the series also happens to be owned by the Fox studio -- that was incentive enough for a new series. Both lead stars Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller will return.
But the Daniels' series was the big news. Here's what Fox said of this newbie, entitled "Star," which will arrive next season:
"Star is the story of three young women, all with hopes of making it big, and the choices they're faced with along the way. It will showcase the allure and heartache of the cutthroat music scene, while also exploring cultural themes from a new perspective. What would you do to rise to the top."
Dana Walden -- co-chief of the Fox TV Group, on stage here with her partner, Gary Newman -- offered some more details:
"The possibility of a crossover exists [with 'Empire'] but that's not what we're planning right now -- it's a wholly contained original series about the modern-day music business, in Atlanta...He talks a lot about everything [in the series] -- from 'Dreamgirls' to modern-day girl groups that are manufactured [and] don't have an organic reason to be together but are tied together. It's a great soap operatic story-telling machine [and is] about characters who rise out of circumstances based on talent -- that's part of the American dream that most kids share, the ability to become a superstar." No airdate set yet but -- you can be sure -- you will hear about it the minute one is set.