Darren Criss is becoming a force on TV in recent years. He won a Golden Globe and Emmy award for his work in “American Crime Story,” and he just recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series “Hollywood.” And now, he’s taking control of his next series, titled “Royalties,” on Quibi.
As seen in the trailer for “Royalties,” Criss stars opposite Kether Donohue (“You’re the Worst”) as a songwriting duo that is beginning to gain the attention of the music industry. Now, with so many artists trying to hire them to compose songs that cover the gamut of genres, including country, rap, and pop, the songwriters have to keep pumping out the hits while also avoiding the pitfalls that follow fame.
In addition to starring in the series, Criss is also the writer and creator of “Royalties.” And all the music that is featured in the series, comprising 10 new original songs, is written by the actor, as well.
But one of the biggest selling points for the new series is the stacked supporting cast. Joining Criss and Donohue in the cast are Jordan Fisher, Julianne Hough, Jackie Tohn, Bonnie McKee, Jennifer Coolidge, John Stamos, Tony Revolori, Lil Rel Howery, Mark Hamill, Rufus Wainwright, and Sabrina Carpenter.
And perhaps the icing on the cake is the fact that Amy Heckerling is behind the camera, directing the series. Of course, Heckerling is best known for her comedy films, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” “Look Who’s Talking,” and “Clueless.”
“Royalties” premieres on Quibi on June 1. Hopefully, for Quibi’s sake, this is a hit series and will drive viewership and subscribers to the struggling new streaming platform.