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Empire 

TV-14 | | Drama, Music | TV Series (2015– )
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A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.
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Wednesday, December 5

The financial security of the Lyon family is on the line as their LFM showcase quickly approaches. Kai's research for an expose on Empire uncovers some dirty activity within the company...


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Wednesday, November 28

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5   4   3   2   1  
2018   2017   2016   2015  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 93 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 72 episodes, 2015-2018
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 71 episodes, 2015-2018
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 69 episodes, 2015-2018
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 51 episodes, 2015-2018
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 43 episodes, 2015-2018
Kaitlin Doubleday ...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
Xzibit ...  Shyne Johnson / ... 37 episodes, 2016-2018
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Storyline

Lucious, the founder and CEO of a successful record label has been diagnosed with ALS. He must choose one of his three sons to take over the company when he dies. Meanwhile, his ex wife and co-founder, Cookie, has been released from prison and wants to reclaim her rightful place in the company. Written by Jennifer Holmes

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Taglines:

Music. Family. Power. The battle begins. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Music

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

For her audition to play Elle Dallas, Courtney Love was asked to sing a Patti LaBelle song, which by all accounts, including Love's, was a disaster. Rather than cast another actress, Lee Daniels retooled the character as a megastar singer who lost her voice and asked Love to perform an Al Green song instead, so as to take advantage of Love's more rock-oriented vocals, rather than the R&B type-sound he'd originally envisioned. Love then won the part. See more »

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Referenced in The Carmichael Show: Grandma Francis (2017) See more »

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Empire
27 October 2015 | by rodbernakashimaSee all my reviews

The first season I was hooked and intrigued. i found it fascinating in their world. I anticipated the second season and even marked my calendar.

Second season came and I said it will get better. I gave it 3 episodes and decided it a waste of my time.

There is no fluidity in the story line. Constantly new characters are being introduced with no character build up. They come and disappear. It seems like the producers are accommodating these celebrities to appear in the show or vice versa. The producers compromises the integrity of the story line. It instead becomes a variety/musical fashion show or a very long music video.

The Empire story does not make sense anymore nor is it believable. The main character Luscious, always wins no matter what. He is able to block all the unbelievable ploys.

I believe Empire lost it. There are a lot of good shows around that last for years. My prediction Empire is a one season show. Producers invest on writers instead of the revolving door of celebrities.


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