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Long live the Empire! Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's breakout hip hop drama is changing the TV game, people. Wednesday night's episode managed to actually go up in the ratings, meaning Empire has improved in each of its first four original broadcasts, making it the first primetime series to do that in the last decade. The premiere brought in 9.8 million viewers, with episodes two and three attracting 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively, before the most recent episode was watched by 11.3 million people. As Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) so eloquently said, the Cookie strikes back! But Empire's seemingly unstoppable ratings domination is just one of many epic things you need to know »
Hip-hop drama Empire is Fox's latest breakout hit, featuring an award-winning cast and crew. Created by Oscar winners Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the King Lear-inspired family drama has been a ratings boon for Fox, with viewership growing each week since its Jan. 7 premiere.
The show's popularity is due in no small part to an incredible cast. Former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson electrify as Empire Entertainment mogul Lucious Lyon and his ex-wife Cookie, recently released from jail for the drug hustling charges that gave the couple the capital to start their Empire. Newcomers Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere Gray stand out as the three Lyon sons and guest stars like Cuba Gooding Jr., Naomi Campbell, and Gabourey Sidibe add to the awesome drama.
News: Inside the Secret Formula to Fox's 'Empire,' TV's Next Big Hit
Here's nine things you need to know to catch up on Empire:
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of director Francis Lawrence’s blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which will arrive on March 6th.
Mockingjay – Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay – Part 1 has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the »
- Scott J. Davis
Lionsgate's global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today. Mockingjay - Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay - Part 1, which opens in China on February 8, has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the franchise to over $2.2 billion. Here's »
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Forget all that talk that Lee Daniels‘ Empire is a rip-off of 50 Cent‘s Power, Empire is a phenomenon all its own. The evidence is clear that people are hooked on this show: Last week’s second episode of the series drew in 10.3 million viewers, up five percent since its debut. You can credit that to the series’ intriguing plot line (a mogul and his family struggle to maintain their music empire), its infectious soundtrack, and the impressive acting from a top cast, namely Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. But the real hero of the show is most definitely its costumes.
Designed by costume designer Rita McGhee (who was brought in after the pilot to dress the rest of the season, following designer Paolo Nieddu), the show’s outlandish outfits are as fun to feast your eyes on as the drama itself. And taking the Empire crown for best dressed character? »
- Tara Aquino
TCA 2015: “A lot of things that I got involved with in younger days … was the product of my environment,” actor tells TheWrap
Terrence Howard addressed his history of legal issues involving allegations of assault against several women and whether Fox considered them before casting him on “Empire.”
“A lot of things that I got involved with in younger days, in the earlier days was the product of my environment,” he responded when TheWrap asked him to address the topic during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
He continued, “[It was] the product of not knowing how to deal with frustration, »
- Jethro Nededog
Looks as though an American Idol crossover with Empire is coming. American Idol exec producer Trish Kinane said they’d love to do something with Fox’s new drama series from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and Imagine's Brian Grazer, in which Terrence Howard plays the head of a music industry empire. She was responding to a TV critic who’s sked if any of Idol’s talent were planning an Empire guest gig, after noting it’s Fox’s most Idol compatible show yet. “Its early days and… »
- Lisa de Moraes
It's already been a good day for Fox's "Empire." The freshman smash -- the second week rose from the first, which pretty much never happens -- was renewed for a second season on Saturday (January 17) morning, which doesn't usually happen after two airings. But now, the "Empire" ensemble, plus producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo are ready to meet with the Television Critics Association press tour. Click through and follow along. 5:33 p.m. Pacific. The first question is for Lee Daniels' Lee Daniels. "It's hard. That show is my life. 'Empire' is my life. And it's mixed with happiness and sadness, as with 'Precious,' as with 'The Butler,' as with my other films," he says. "It's life, but with a little bit of camp so that we can laugh," Daniels says. 5:34 p.m. "It was time," Daniels says for »
- Daniel Fienberg
Longtime participants in the Television Critics Assn. press tour often get hit with a sense of deja vu while covering the twice-yearly marathon of TV gabbery.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt had that I’ve-been-here-before feeling as reporters were yakking about the strong debut of Fox’s “Empire.” The show reminded Greenblatt of the drama “Platinum” that he and former producing partner David Janollari shepherded for Upn back in 2003.
The show’s original title was “Empire,” but they couldn’t clear it. And “Empire” star Terrence Howard auditioned for one of the lead roles, Greenblatt recalled.
“Who know our show was so ahead of its time?” he joked.
Like “Empire,” “Platinum” revolved around the drama of the hip-hop music business and a family trying to hold their empire together, and the two shows also came from notable auspices: Lee Daniels and Danny Strong for “Empire,” John Ridley, Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola for “Platinum. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The orders for “Gotham” (pictured) and “Empire” were no-brainers, as both shows have performed well — really well in the case of “Empire” — for the network and made plenty of noise in social media. The renewals were announced Saturday during Fox’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
“Gotham,” the Batman origins story, hails from Warner Bros. TV and exec producer Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens. Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett-Smith star. The show has to date averaged 10.6 million viewers and 4.2 rating in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings.
“Empire” has been the sleeper hit of the season, barreling out of the gate last week with an impressive bow and gaining in its second week. »
- Cynthia Littleton
TCA 2015: Network picks up Lee Daniels’ hop hop soap opera after just two episodes
Fox has given “Empire,” its high-rated hip hop soap opera, a second season after just two episodes, Fox Television Group’s co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Created by Lee Daniels (“The Butler”), the show premiered to big numbers for the network. So far, averaging a 5.3 rating by Nielsen, the series has become the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow »
- Jethro Nededog
It appears Empire isn’t letting up with the Shakespearean influences. Not only is the show emulating King Lear, it seems to have a little bit of The Taming of the Shrew in it as well. “The Outspoken King,” the show’s sophomore episode, certainly does have a lot of shrews that need taming. The episode also leads me to believe that the show may have a serious woman problem, which is unfortunate, since this episode was written by co-creator Danny Strong and new showrunner Ilene Chaiken (who’s best known for creating The L Word). Nearly every female character is manipulative, power-hungry, ball-busting (in the case of Andre’s own Lady Macbeth, Rhonda, literally), or just plain ghetto. If an Aaron Sorkin–style backlash doesn’t pop off after this, inciting sites like Jezebel and Salon to launch missives lambasting the show’s less-than-supportive portrayal of women, I’ll be very surprised. »
- Craig D. Lindsey
Since its astonishingly high-rated debut last Wednesday, people have been referring to the new Fox nighttime soap Empire as a hip-hop King Lear. This is mainly because one of the characters sarcastically asks in the pilot, “We King Lear now?” With only one episode (which I recapped) under its snakeskin belt, Empire appears to take pride in melding the classic with the contemporary (notice the Kehinde Wiley paintings that are all around the episode, which show African-American men in historic, heroic poses). But as much as creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong obviously pick up a few things from the immortal Shakespeare tragedy, the text the show really owes its plot to is The Lion in Winter. C’mon, the family’s last name is Lyon, for chrissake!Even Strong has admitted that Lion is just as key an influence as Lear. “The whole idea just flooded through my head, »
- Craig D. Lindsey
Girls, Season 4, Episode 1, “Iowa”
Directed by Lena Dunham
Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on HBO
In many ways a direct continuation of its strong third season, Girls’ season four premiere picks up shortly after the events of last year’s finale, with Hannah preparing to leave for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Marnie continuing her musical and romantic partnership with guitarist Desi, Jessa newly unemployed, and Shoshanna freshly graduated. This is a change of pace for the series, which has previously taken advantage of the season breaks to jump its characters forward in time, with significant developments occurring offscreen (the start of Hannah’s relationship with Sandy, Jessa checking herself into rehab, Charlie leaving Marnie). Fun as it may have been to jump right into Hannah’s fish-out-of-water adventure in Iowa, it’s nice to get one more episode with the leads together, reestablishing »
- Kate Kulzick
Fox’s “Empire” debuted to a very strong 3.8 demo rating on Wednesday night, knotting the hip-hop drama with ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” for top series premiere of the season.
Network execs knew they had a hit on their hands content-wise, but getting there certainly wasn’t effortless — or particularly economical. The marketing push behind “Empire” was financially on par with “Gotham,” though the Batman prequel spent its money over a much longer period of time, Fox COO Joe Earley told TheWrap.
- Tony Maglio
Nobody was more jazzed by Wednesday’s boffo debut of Fox’s “Empire” than Brian Grazer, whose Imagine TV banner producers the hip-hop sudser with 20th Century Fox TV.
“We were hoping for half of that rating,” Grazer told Variety.
Grazer was quick to credit the marketing muscle that Fox put behind the show for driving the big turnout. He cited the attention to detail on promo spots, off-air marketing and careful seeding of Internet video clips to whet the appetite of the show’s multicultural target audience.
“We delivered a good show, but they brought it to another level,” Grazer said. “They more than supported it — they created it. They actualized the hype.”
Grazer said he and Fox TV Group chiefs Dana Walden and Gary Newman exchanged exuberant emails with exec producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and showrunner Ilene Chaiken on Thursday morning. He also cited the TLC given »
- Cynthia Littleton
"The Butler" director Lee Daniels' new Fox series "Empire" debuted to smash ratings Wednesday night, particularly among young adult viewers, who've also tuned into ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" starring powerhouse Viola Davis. He's a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his medium as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadowboxer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much. Daniels knows this move to network television seems surprising (cable seems more likely), but he decided that this high-concept pitch from "The Butler" writer Danny Strong --"King Lear" set in the world of hip-hop-- called for mainstream treatment. Daniels wants to reach »
- Anne Thompson
The vibe in the writers’ room always reflects the DNA of a given show, says Wendy Calhoun, co-executive producer of “Empire,” Fox’s new hip-hop family drama. “‘Justified’ had a swagger to it. ‘Revenge’ — we were always trying to figure out a way to get back at somebody,” she says with a laugh.
“And this show immediately developed a family dynamic,” Calhoun adds. “I’ve never worked with so many African-American writers before. ”
Executives say the show is the most diverse in network TV — a claim that may well be true. Of the nine writers on staff, six are of color.
“It wasn’t as if we sat down and said, ‘Let’s find the best African-American writers for this show,’” says Francie Calfo, head of Imagine Television, the studio behind “Empire.” “We were just looking for the best writers.”
- Debra Birnbaum
The force is strong with Fox's Empire. The series premiere of the buzzy hip-hop drama from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong starring Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson—slay, Cookie!—had 9.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The show lost some of American Idol's audience, but it built on Idol's demo rating, an impressive feat. American Idol returned for season 14 with 10.9 million viewers, down from 15ish million it had in its season 13 premiere. In the 18-49 demo, the season 14 premiere netted a 3.1 rating. Idol was up from the season 13 finale, which tumbled to 10.5 million and a 2.6 rating. A far cry from Idol's heyday, but 14 seasons in the show is still a »
Update: According to Fox, rush nationals show that “Empire” rose to a 3.8 in adults 18-49, meaning it ties with ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” as the season’s top new show in the demo. In total viewers, it rose to 9.9 million.
“American Idol” also edged up, to a 3.2 in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall.
Fox’s high-wattage music industry drama “Empire” hit some ratings high notes in its premiere Wednesday, building on its “American Idol” lead-in, dominating its time period and ruling as the night’s No. 1 show in key demos. In fact, the rookie drew nearly as many young adults as ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” — the season’s biggest new hit — for its premiere in September.
“Idol,” meanwhile, was down again as expected kicking off its 14th season — losing about a third of its young-adult audience from a year ago when it aired a two-hour episode. »
- Rick Kissell
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