Idol Grad Chris Daughtry Lands Recurring Role in Fox's Studio City Pilot

Chris Daughtry’s already a rock star — and now he’s about to play one on TV.

The American Idol Season 5 standout has been cast in the Fox drama pilot Studio City in the recurring role of drug-addicted music star Keith Rhodes.

Fans of Daughtry’s original music need not worry about his acting gig getting in the way of fresh music, as he’ll also write original tunes for the potential series.

Studio City, from Grey’s Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff, is a coming-of-age story about a young singer’s path to stardom as she lives with her songwriter father — who also happens to be a drug dealer to the stars. Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) is set to star as the aforementioned daddy dealer, with Heather Graham (Flowers In the Attic) playing his third wife.

Florence Pugh, Jeanine Mason (Bunheads, So You Think You Can Dance), Riley Smith (True Blood), Samantha Logan (The Fosters), Jordan Calloway (Drumline: A New Beat) and Timothy Granaderos round out the cast.

Daughtry previously guest-starred on a 2008 episode of CSI: New York. (Click here to watch one of his scenes.)

Excited about Daughtry’s addition to the Studio City cast? Bets on whether it could be Fox’s next Empire-style smash? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Never knew Chris Daughtry CAN act.

  2. This will definitely be getting the post-Empire slot. No other pilot could be more compatible.

  3. Connie Grose says:

    So excited to see Chris Daughtry. When does it start airing? Yeahhhh

  4. Leticia Prado says:

    Yay, Chris!

  5. Dani says:

    More TV musicals. Fox can’t just to get enough. I’m not if this is going to be a good or bad thing.

  6. JEF says:

    Yay Chris! Can’t wait to see the pilot!

  7. Annette P says:

    Can not wait for this show,Chris Daughtry is super talented & will be amazing in this role!

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  9. Kim&Bey says:

    Aww I love Chris Daughtry…will def tune in

  10. Shaun says:

    Jeanine Mason!!Is she playing a dancer?XD

  11. Tammy says:

    Yes! I’ve just died and gone to heaven ! Love him!

  12. Julie Ackison says:

    Can not wait for this show to start. Chris Daughtry is my fave!!!!

  13. JayNC says:

    So sexy, but I voted for him because he was the best singer/performer in season 5. The fact that he looked good doing it was a nice extra.

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  21. Vernita says:

    Do you have any video of that? I’d love to find out more details.

  22. vanny says:

    I’m so excited for Chris. I absolutely love him. He is awesome & I’m sure he will do an outstanding performance. Love you Chris!!!!!; You rock!!!!