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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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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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It's their move. (Season 5) See more »

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Drama | Music

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USA

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English

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7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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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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god awful
3 May 2017 | by joerghuebnerSee all my reviews

I really can't understand the popularity of this show: African American stereotypes in every possible way, combined with a really unbelievable story line, and a cast of awful actors playing awful characters. I remember a show called Wiseguy, season two "dead dog records story line", well that was more believable. I'm sorry but I think it's wasted time. I admit that some of the songs aren't bad, but that's not enough.


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