3:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's 'Star' Taps New Showrunner for Season Two
Fox's Star has tapped a new showrunner for season two.
Grey's Anatomy alum Karin Gist has been tapped to be the third showrunner on the Lee Daniels-created music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Gist has signed a two-year overall deal with Star producers 20th Century Fox Television and will take over showrunning duties on the second-year music soap and develop new projects for the studio.
Gist becomes Star's third showrunner, taking over for Chuck Pratt, who stepped down from the girl-group drama in March. Pratt had replaced original showrunner Charles Murray, who exited the freshman drama in September after having a different vision for Star than Daniels and co-creator Tom Donaghy.
"What a get for us! Finding the right showrunner to support Lee and Tom's vision on Star was a huge priority, and we’ve had our eye on Karin for a long while — she did extraordinary work on Grey's Anatomy and Revenge," said 20th president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. "We love what she brings to the table in terms of emotional storytelling and juicy characters. We’re excited for her to start on Star, and we know she’ll create a hit series of her own for us down the road."
Gist, repped by ICM and 3 Arts, also counts House of Lies, Undercovers, One Tree Hill and Girlfriends among her credits.
For his part, Daniels has been vocal about Star's tonal change in the wake of the presidential election. "We knew what the hard truths were. You could turn on the news to see — it was ugly. So I said, 'OK, let me make this less in your face about politics and more about the magic and dreams behind making a girl group,' " he told The Hollywood Reporter in December. "Dreams can come true. It sort of shifted. I started out wanting to make a political statement through music, and it sort of shifted."
Star was one of multiple freshman series in the 2016-2017 class to see a showrunner change. NBC's DC Comics comedy Powerless saw creator Ben Queen exit; in April, showrunner Eli Jorne departed Fox's live-action/animated hybrid comedy Son of Zorn, with insiders also attributing his departure to creative differences; and CBS' Kevin Can Wait saw Bruce Helford replaced by Rob Long.