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Empire 

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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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"Empire" Returns: Relive the Drama of the Lyon Dynasty

Lucious and Cookie Lyon are back, and we're taking a look at some of the best moments from the first four seasons of "Empire."

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Wednesday, October 17

The Lyons try to sign a new artist for their new project in their effort to get their groove back.


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Wednesday, October 10

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

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 70 episodes, 2015-2018
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 67 episodes, 2015-2018
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 64 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 46 episodes, 2015-2018
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Kaitlin Doubleday ...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
Xzibit ...  Shyne Johnson 37 episodes, 2016-2018
Bre-Z ...  Freda Gatz / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2017
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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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Prepare for reign. Royalty keeps it real. (Season 3) 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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon in the TV series Empire in 2002 appeared in Mary J. Blige's video for " Be Without You ". See more »


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Good Enough
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Performed by Jussie Smollett
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One to miss
5 February 2015 | by ememessien-977-870961See all my reviews

This show jerks from one ridiculous scene to another in a manner reminiscent of one of those truly awful Latin-American telenovelas. There is a slight difference here in that whilst those are entertainment for the sake of it, this show appears to have an 'agenda'.

Nothing about this show is captivating or appealing - the characters are dreadful, a problem compounded by a disturbingly amateur like quality to some of the scenes and much of the acting. Any semblance of art imitating life is lost instantly due to the performances.

Taraji P. Henson, Terence Howard and Malik Yoba are seasoned actors but they can do nothing to redeem this latest mess by Lee Daniels. There are too many gimmicks, too many clichés. In summary, this show is Shakespeare for dummies.


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