Returning: Star. Gone: Empire

Annoying changes to Thursday nights on ELEVEN after next week.

ELEVEN is making some changes to Thursday nights after next week.

US music drama Star, created by Lee Daniels (Empire) and playwright / screenwriter Tom Donaghy is having another go. This originally debuted in March but was quickly pulled. It will begin again from Ep 1 on 10.55pm Thursday, 20 July.

But the bad news is ELEVEN is yanking Empire after next week. I’m advised it will return later in the year. Frankly I can’t really see this change making much difference other than annoying Empire viewers.

Star is a tough-as-nails young woman who has been raised in the foster care system. But rather than her unconventional upbringing dulling her dreams, it has given her the strength to pursue them.

Committed to following the path to fame in the cut-throat music industry, Star tracks down her sister Simone and her Instagram bestie Alexandra, and the trio make their way to Atlanta. Once there, the girls find support in the form of mother-figure Carlotta and a has-been talent agent named Jahil, who takes an interest in Star.

But as the young women chase their dream, they find that ambition can come at a high price.

11 Responses

  1. Its pretty clear that all the commercial networks churn content at random through the schedule because quite a lot of stuff on the multi channels have niche but core audiences whom aren’t rusted on to any one network, they don’t want people using PVRs or other chase-play methods because they fast forward through advertising, and don’t want the audience getting comfortable with whats going to be on TV tomorrow/Wednesday or next week. They want the audience to switch on the tv and then flick around the main channels and choose the least worst options that the programmers have decided at that exact moment in time. This also explains why EPGs of multichannels are a festival to TBAs.

    Commercial FM radio with pictures – that’s where the free to air commercial australian TV industry is heading, and that’s why the audience is leaving them (and their advertisers) in droves. They are…

  2. Still the same old dysfunctional ‘free to air’ tv we note, It’s been a long time since our household watched ‘live tv’. We dont miss the commercial networks at all.

  3. This has always been the one thing I don’t get about running multi-channels. They all run at a fraction of the audience of the main channels yet shows get moved around and bumped – some never to re-appear – in an attempt to increase ratings but I imagine the increase would amount to small change in comparison to what happens on the main channel.

    Since multi channels begun in 2009 I have so many times tried to be loyal to new US shows on multi channels only to have them moved around or gone ultimately. Now I don’t bother and low ratings for these shows are the result of others thinking the same.

    When GO! started it had themed nights and numerous new US shows like Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. Both were bumped to late nights and even off GO! altogether. That network realised they can get more viewers with Big Bang repeats – like Seven does now.

  4. I’m glad it’s coming back. I taped the first episode, but then deleted it because it seemed Eleven had given up before I’d gotten around to watching it.

    Having said that, I’m an Empire fan too. I don’t see the point in yanking this off and disrupting people’s routine. Surely both programs would complement one another. Surely there’s space to put them both on!

  5. Count me as an annoyed Empire viewer, who will not be waiting until ‘maybe sometime later in the year’ to finish the season that concluded in the US months ago already! Not even going to try Star. Annoyed!

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