American Idol’s Chris Daughtry to Recur, Pen Music for FOX Pilot


American Idol season 5 alum, Chris Daughtry, is set to join the cast of a FOX pilot. He’ll guest star, and write original music for the series Studio City.

The former American Idol contestant has boarded the cast of the network’s dramedy pilot Studio City, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Inspired by the life of showrunner Krista Vernoff, the hourlong pilot tells the story of a young singer’s (newcomer Florence Pugh) path to stardom as she comes of age living with her songwriter father, Rob (Will & Grace alum Eric McCormack), who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars.

Daughtry will recur and play the role of Keith Rhodes, a drug-addicted rock star. Additionally, the lead vocalist/guitarist for Daughtry will also write original music for the dramedy.

Chris’ last acting gig was a 2008 episode of CSI:NY. He also wrote the theme song for last year’s ill-fated FOX reality show, Utopia.

The rest of the Studio City cast includes Heather Graham, Jeanine Mason, Riley Smith, Samantha Logan, Jordan Calloway and Timothy Granaderos.

Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy) will pen the script and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television dramedy alongside John Wells and his studio-based John Wells Productions exec Andrew Stearn. Sanaa Hamri will direct the pilot.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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