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
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 »
From the very first season, Empire has done nothing but deliver. This show just sucks you in and you cannot help but to be Team Cookie. Taraji had my heart from Baby Boy. As far as I can tell, the role of Cookie was tailored just for her. She has a loyalty about her that you just cannot fake.
I love how all of the characters interact. There is a genuine rapport and, if you didn't know any better, you would swear they were all truly related. It's fun to watch and each season gets deeper into what made each character into the "person" they are today.
I think the only thing this show is missing is a few Caribbean and AfroPop/AfroBeat artists on the Empire Records lineup. There are so many talented indie artists like Naomi Achu and seasoned artists like Jah Cure, who I would love to see represented.
American music, in my opinion, is founded on the generous mix of culture. I hope future seasons of Empire tap into these other genres of music.
Hats of to Lee Daniels and his team of writers and producers!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?