Lee Daniels‘ new scripted TV series STAR is the probably the worst show on television. The reviews are in, and STAR is a certified mess.
“‘Star’ isn’t even the good kind of bad,” writes the Chicago Tribune, “Lee Daniels’ new Fox drama is just bad”.
‘Star’ follows 3 teenage girls who arrive in Atlanta hungry for stardom.
The group is comprised of orphans Star (Jude Demorest) and her 16-year-old sister, Simone (Brittany O’Grady); and a friend Star met on Instagram.com, Alexandra (Ryan Destiny), whose father is a character played by rock musician Lenny Kravitz.
Joseline Hernandez, Kravitz and Naomi Campbell make brief cameos in the show’s pilot which aired Wednesday night. Most notably, Hernandez returns to her stomping grounds as a stripper with syphilis.
Typical of most of Daniels’ projects, the writing is terrible and the scripts have holes you can drive a Hummer through.
Carlotta (Queen Latifah) is a deeply religious woman who sings in her church’s choir and runs a low budget hair salon out of her house.
The salon is staffed by trannies Miss Lawrence and Carlotta’s daughter Cotton (Amiyah Scott), who is a total FAIL as an actor.
Cotton takes the girls to a strip club where they meet their manager Jalil (Benjamin Bratt), who has a fall out with Carlotta. It turns out Carlotta once had a girl group with Star and Simone’s mother, who is deceased.
Carlotta’s next door neighbor, Derek (Quincy Brown) has the hots for Alexandra, but their budding relationship is left on the cutting room floor.
The acting is horrible and the editing is so bad that it’s impossible to keep up with the story unless you rewind to the beginning and start over.
The rumormongers swear Ryan Destiny is also a transgender, which explains the hostility between his character and Scott’s in several scenes in the pilot.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The series officially premieres on January 4 on Fox TV.