Chuck Pratt, an alum of the original “Melrose Place” and “Desperate Housewives,” has landed the top spot, replacing original showrunner Charles Murray, who departed the project last week.
Pratt will begin his showrunner and executive producer duties immediately. The series begins shooting later this month in Atlanta.
Murray exited “Star” over “differing visions” with the show’s creators, Daniels and Tom Donaghy. Sources said the split was amicable.
“Star” — which debuts midseason — centers around three young women who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of “Dreamgirls,” while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective. Newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady play the central girl group in the music-filled series, alongside stars Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt. Lenny Kravitz will appear as a guest star.
Pratt was most recently exec producer and head writer on the long-running soap “The Young and the Restless.” He created Freeform’s “The Lying Game” (when the network was ABC Family), which ran for two seasons. His other credits include “Melrose Place,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty,” plus soaps “All My Children” and “General Hospital.” He is repped by Paradigm.