Glee creator Ryan Murphy and supporting cast member Gwyneth Paltrow are currently developing a musical dramedy series which’ll star the latter.
Revealed today via a profile piece on Murphy in The Hollywood Reporter, the new series follows a one hit wonder (Paltrow, who played Holly Holliday on Glee) who has a second chance at a music career when she’s invited to join a new “super group.”
According to the report, the actress will play “a 40-year-old woman, who 15 years after recording a hit song is broke, exhausted and the victim of cat-fishing by her roommate. Her fate changes when she gets a call from a record label looking to form a super group: her and two other singers who each had a hit song in the 1990s. Though the label has ulterior motives, the group takes off and the trio becomes an inspiration to women everywhere.”
Murphy says they’ll be shopping the project around to TV networks later this year.
The project arrives as Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire continues to be one of the most-watched shows on television. Last Wednesday’s episode welcomed over 13 million viewers, helping Fox win the night in the ratings. The Lee Daniels-created series is so popular that they’re already working on a spinoff.
Assuming Murphy’s project takes off, it’ll be fun to see Paltrow sing in a “super group” — presumably they’ll be writing some original material for this show so they can sell it online. What if the group’s songs actually became Top 40 hits?! Watch out, Fifth Harmony!
Murphy has been busy producing several highly-publicized shows as of late. His current projects are Fox’s Scream Queens and FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel. Next year he’ll debut a new series on FX titled American Crime Story, with the first season looking at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
With so many successful projects under his belt, we’re sure Murphy won’t have a hard time finding a network interested in picking up this new musical dramedy series.