Darren Criss wants to take TV viewers behind the scenes of the music business.
The theater star will co-executive produce Royalties, a new workplace comedy in development at Fox, detailing the unseen, unsung, and unglamorous heroes behind the pop stars — the producers and songwriters whose day job it is to crank out hits. Sometimes it’s sexy, but most of the time, it’s just like every other workplace: day-to-day minutiae, office politics, and clashing personalities. Royalties is about a small publishing company, Royalty Music, and a one-hit wonder who returns to the fold in the hopes of making it big again.
If the show is ordered to series, Criss will co-executive produce alongside Ricky Rollins, while writers Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle will serve as executive producers with The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley.
After making a name for himself with A Very Potter Musical, Criss broke out in Fox’s Glee, playing Blaine Anderson for five seasons. The actor is currently touring as the lead in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Rachel and Carlyle previously created the popular web series Couple Time, which was developed as a television series for Fox. Rachel also created the television series Ridin’ Dirty, in development at FX, which is also produced by The Jackal Group. Most recently, The Jackal Group produced the two-hour Rocky Horror Picture Show revival on Fox that aired last month.