So far on Fox, the first season of “Star” has done its best wearing many different hats. It needs to succeed as a compelling character drama, while at the same time continuing to establish some credibility in the music industry. It needs to feel at least similar to “Empire,” which has done a great job of feeling as close to the record industry as you’re probably going to get on TV.
What makes next week’s “Code of Silence” interesting immediately is the presence of one of the most iconic performers of the past several years in Gladys Knight. The iconic empress of soul will be appearing as herself, and someone who is going to be getting a chance to connect with Carlotta, Star, and Simone. Whether or not they succeed in their efforts to impress her remains to be seen, but if they are able to do so, odds are that they could turn the tide and get to the next level in their career.
Synopsis – “Carlotta continues to search for the truth about Simone and Star’s past, as a familiar face reaches out for Jahil’s help. Meanwhile, Miss Bruce works on preparing the salon to compete in an upcoming hair show. They unexpectedly arrange for the empress of soul, Gladys Knight, to introduce their showcase, which includes a live performance from the girls, who sing a cover of one of Knight’s classic hits.”
This synopsis is a perfect indicator of why this show is so unique and in so many ways special. You are combining some humble beginnings with something more inspirational; while there are no guarantees that anything will ever happen for the group, there’s always hope — and we absolutely feel like that matters. Without it, the show has no point.
Promo – This preview, unfortunately, offers up no sign of Gladys Knight at all. Instead, it focuses more of the dark side of life for some of these characters, and an escalating situation between a daughter and foster father that could turn violent. Think of this as a part of the story of struggle, one that is hopefully going to turn into a story of success. Otherwise, the name of this show would be terribly ironic.
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