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Chris Daughtry to Recur, Write Music for Fox Dramedy 'Studio City'
Chris Daughtry is returning to Fox.
The former American Idol contestant has boarded the cast of the network's dramedy pilot Studio City, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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Inspired by the life of showrunner Krista Vernoff, the hourlong pilot tells the story of a young singer's (newcomer Florence Pugh) path to stardom as she comes of age living with her songwriter father, Rob (Will & Grace alum Eric McCormack), who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars.
Daughtry will recur and play the role of Keith Rhodes, a drug-addicted rock star. Additionally, the lead vocalist/guitarist for Daughtry will also write original music for the dramedy.
The role marks Daughtry's biggest acting commitment to date, following a 2008 episode of CSI: NY. The singer-turned-actor finished in fourth place during the fifth season of Fox's American Idol, after which he landed a record deal with RCA and formed Daughtry. The band's self-titled debut moved more than 1 million copies in just five weeks of release.
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Daughtry joins a Studio City cast that also includes Heather Graham, Jeanine Mason, Riley Smith, Samantha Logan, Jordan Calloway and Timothy Granaderos.
Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy) will pen the script and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television dramedy alongside John Wells and his studio-based John Wells Productions exec Andrew Stearn. Sanaa Hamri will direct the pilot.
Daughtry is repped by CAA and Pearl Group Entertainment.