Empire is an upcoming show on FOX about the struggle for the throne of a media empire. Fox is having some successes with their latest shows such as Gotham and Sleepy Hollow and some not so successful shows like Red Band Society, so it’s going to be interesting to see where Empire falls on the list. Some have described it as a Hustle and Flow knockoff, but we’ll see how it develops.


An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family. Lucious’ favorite is his youngest son, Hakeem, a gifted musician and a spoiled playboy who values fame over hard work. The middle son, Jamal, is a sensitive soul and a musical prodigy who, unlike Hakeem, shies away from the spotlight. Jamal also happens to be gay, which infuriates and embarrasses his father. Andre, the eldest son, is CFO of Empire Entertainment. Wharton-educated with a brilliant business mind, Andre lacks the charisma that Lucious believes is crucial to running the company. But in his quest for power, Andre is assisted by his manipulative and like-minded wife, Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday). As Lucious prompts his sons to vie for the empire, his plans are thrown into chaos when his ex-wife, Cookie, mysteriously emerges seven years early from prison, where she’s been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrificial lamb who built this empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious’ early career. For now, Lucious remains firmly in control of Empire Entertainment. As the Lyons slug it out, an emotional chess game begins that will either cause the family’s destruction or redemption. Lives and loves will be lost as the complicated family will come together and fall apart over the elusive throne, all set to an original soundtrack written and produced by legendary hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland. Will the family unite and learn to love each other before it’s too late? Love, war, family, sacrifice, money and music: this is the story of the Lyons’ EMPIRE


Terrence Howard – Lucious Lyon

Taraji P. Henson – Cookie Lyon

Bryshere Gray – Hakeem Lyon

Jussie Smollett – Jamal Lyon

Trai Byers – Andre Lyon



Creator – Lee Daniels

Executive Producers

  • Lee Daniels
  • Danny Strong
  • Brian Grazer
  • Francie Calfo


Premieres Wednesday, January 7 at 9/8c on FOX.


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