West Philadelphia's Lee Daniels will own Fox's Wednesday nights this fall.
In a conference call with reporters Monday morning in advance of the network's 2017-18 schedule presentation to advertisers in New York, executives confirmed that Daniels' music-fueled hit Empire would be paired with Star, the girl-group drama he created with Drexel Hill's Tom Donaghy, with both shows this time ordered for 18-episode seasons, and Empire moving to 8 p.m., as it did for Star's premiere this season.
Expect the usual break between the two seasons, because, as Fox Television Group co-CEO Gary Newman said, both shows, which feature music-and-dance numbers in every episode, are "really challenging to produce."
Ardmore's Benj Pasek, along with songwriting partner Justin Paul, also will be bringing music to Fox in December with the previously announced three-hour, live adaptation of A Christmas Story: The Musical, which the pair scored for Broadway and for which they'll write several new songs.
In other news:
Returning scripted shows include: Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, New Girl, Star, The Simpsons, and The X-Files.
Canceled shows include: APB, Bones, Making History, Pitch, Rosewood, Scream Queens, Sleepy Hollow, and Son of Zorn.
Updated to clarify that Star and Empire were paired this season for the premiere of Star, not its entire season.