Fox Orders Shows From Lee Daniels, Spielberg

Director Lee Daniels poses with his Feature Film Nomination Plaque for 'Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire' at the 62nd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on January 30, 2010 in Century City, Calif. Director Lee Daniels poses with his Feature Film Nomination Plaque for 'Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire' at the 62nd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on January 30, 2010 in Century City, Calif.

Fox says it’s ordering TV series from filmmakers Lee Daniels and Steven Spielberg for the 2014-15 schedule.

Fox said Tuesday that Daniels, the director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Precious,” is the writer, director and producer for a series called “Empire.”

The network describes it as a family drama set in a hip-hop empire.

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Spielberg is among the producers of “Red Band Society,” with an ensemble cast starring Octavia Spencer. Fox says the series is an unconventional drama-comedy about teenagers that’s set in a hospital pediatric wing.

Also Tuesday, NBC announced a new sitcom for next season, “Marry Me,” starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as apparently star-crossed lovers. NBC also ordered a spy drama, “Allegiance.”

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The announcements precede next week’s presentations to advertisers of networks’ fall schedules.

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