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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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Lucious makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas; the Lyon family members each have their own interests in Lucious regaining his faculties.


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As Lucious gets ready to launch EMPIRE Las Vegas with Giuliana at his side, Cookie pulls together her own team of allies to wreak havoc on the opening. The final five minutes will leave...


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Series cast summary:
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 Lucious Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Hakeem Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Jamal Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Andre Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Anika Calhoun (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Cookie Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Porsha (46 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Becky (45 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tiana Brown (43 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Rhonda Lyon (36 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Chicken (32 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Freda Gatz / ... (31 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Employee / ... (28 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Thirsty Rawlings (24 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tariq (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Shyne Johnson / ... (20 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Office Employee / ... (20 episodes, 2016-2017)
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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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Music. Family. Power. The battle begins. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Music

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7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project  »

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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 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I'm Back at Camp with Josh! (2016) See more »

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Empire Gives Life!
20 December 2016 | by (Washington, D.C. Metro Area) – See all my reviews

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!

LaDana Drigo


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