Royalties hails from Criss and writers Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle. The latter two will exec produce with The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley. Criss is attached as a co-executive producer. (He will not star in the project should it move forward.)
Criss most famously spent five years on Fox's former musical comedy hit Glee, for which he also earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding original music & lyrics. The actor, who is currently headlining the Los Angeles production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is also known for his roles in American Horror Story and Girl Most Likely. Criss is repped by CAA, Hyphenate Creative Management, and Hansen, Jacobson.
Rachel and Carlyle previously created the web series Couple Time, which was previously developed at Fox. Rachel is also developing the comedy Ridin' Dirty for FX with The Jackal Group. Rachel is repped by CAA, Truhett Garcia Management, and Ginsburg Daniels. Carlyle is repped by CAA, Haven Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels.
Royaltiesmarks the latest collaboration between Fox and The Jackal Group, which produced the remake of the beloved movie musical Rocky Horror Picture Show. The company also has the drama Camelot and the comedy Mattress World in development at the network.
The project comes in the midst of a rough patch for similar music-centered series. HBO and Showtime axed first-year dramas Vinyl and Roadies, respectively, after one season despite impressive auteurs like Mick Jagger and Cameron Crowe. FX also recently pulled the plug on Dennis Leary's sophomore comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Nashville, which centers specifically on the world of country music, was also canceled this year after four seasons, but it was resurrected by CMT and Hulu shortly thereafter.
This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.