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October 26, 2014 at 6:04 am #337929
Taraji P. Henson is coming for that 2015 Lead Actress in a Drama Series EMMY in 2015.
The series is a broadcast network hip-hop family soap opera, but it has major names behind the scenes: Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brian Grazer and stars Academy Award nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard in regular co-starring roles and Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe in a recurring supporting role.
Recurring guest stars during the first season include Naomi Campbell, Gladys Knight, Courtney Love, Raven-Symone, and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.
The Emmy’s won’t be able to resist. Here’s the new trailer:October 26, 2014 at 7:51 am #337931
Network TV ain’t playing this year. The cast looks amazing. When is the premiere?October 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm #337932
I can’t wait for this. Great cast and great to see Lee Daniels working on TVOctober 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm #337933
I cringe at the Lee Daniels’ connection. He’s like the black Ryan Murray. But I’ll take a peak.October 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm #337934
Who’s Ryan Murray? Bill Murray’s son? How is Lee Danies the black Ryan Murphy (i’m assuming that’s who you are trying to say)October 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm #337935
Yes to the trailer and ALL of this!October 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm #337936
Looks great! I’ll be checking it out for sure.October 27, 2014 at 1:26 am #337937
Who’s Ryan Murray? Bill Murray’s son? How is Lee Danies the black Ryan Murphy (i’m assuming that’s who you are trying to say)
Ryan Murray, son of Bill Murray, cousin of Andy Murray.
What do they have in common? Crude, artless melodrama. Statement making more important than quality storytelling. Cheap debauchery meant to either shock or turn you on. I’m sure there are more examples, but I’m not about to watch Precious, Paperboy or Shadowboxer again any time soon.October 27, 2014 at 5:40 am #337938
Movie/Miniseries, right?October 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm #337939
Network TV ain’t playing this year. The cast looks amazing. When is the premiere?
“EMPIRE” premieres on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.October 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm #337940
No, it is a regular series on FOX.October 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm #337941
Really cool to get this “Hustle & Flow” reunion going on television! Those two were electric in that film.November 1, 2014 at 11:46 am #337942
White Jesus, the title of this thread . . .
Anyways, was wondering where this was since it didn’t come out with the rest of the shows. I’m also looking forward to this. DJay and Shug done moved on up! I consider Tyler Perry the white Ryan Murphy since their portfolios are of the same size, but Icky is on to something with comparing Lee and Ryan. The difference is that I think they have grown and offered great projects from their respective growth. I was a little leary when I read the reasoning Brian Grazer wanted in on this project, but having that kind of influence onboard this sprawling Shakespearean black drama is somewhat of a win in my book. And I enjoyed “The Butler”.
I also see whoever the chimps in marketing just bodly took the “Boardwalk Empire” logo -_-December 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm #337943
By Michelle Stark • Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer
December 26, 2014
Fox, premieres at 9 p.m. Jan. 7
New hip-hop drama Empire arrives early in the season, moving to an intoxicating rhythm that makes this one of the strongest new shows right out of the gate. It was created and written by filmmaker Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) and Danny Strong, who worked with Daniels on The Butler, was part of the team that wrote The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and 2, and won an Emmy for writing HBO’s Game Change. These people know what they’re doing.
Empire stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, the CEO of Empire Entertainment, a music empire that in the pilot is on the verge of becoming a publicly traded company. Lucious has worked his way up from poverty; “I started selling drugs at age 9 to feed myself,” he says. The hook of the show is that Lucious is going to die — he is diagnosed with ALS in the pilot and given a couple of years to live —and he wants to groom one of his sons to take over the company.
Lucious’ hip-hop bona fides and ruthless high standards are introduced in a goosebump-inducing opening scene, in which he coaches a female musician recording a song in his studio to “show me your soul in this music” by recalling memories of her dead brother. Howard plays Lucious with quiet intensity, allowing just a few key outbursts that show the deep anger simmering underneath his stoicism.
The other thing that grabs you in that first scene is the music. With producer and hitmaker Timbaland (he has worked with Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna, to name a few) as executive music producer, this stuff is legitimately good. There are at least three solid hooks in the first episode alone.
Empire is a soap opera in the best sense of the word, more operatic than soap, with a big mess of family dynamics front and center. Lucious’ three sons are well drawn and provide lots of tension between each other and with their father: The youngest, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), is a hip-hop star in the mold of his father, and middle son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is also an aspiring musician, though he is told by his father that the hip-hop community won’t accept him because he’s gay. The eldest, Trai Byers (Andre Lyon), thinks he deserves the keys to Empire.
But none of them is as interesting as Taraji P. Henson’s matriarch Cookie Lyon, who struts onto the screen wearing animal print and a vengeful smirk. In the pilot, she has just been released from prison after 17 years for what’s alluded to as a drug bust she took the fall for. Cookie isn’t happy, natch, and wants what she believes is hers: half of Empire Entertainment. Henson is a firecracker in the role; everything is brighter when she’s on screen.
Empire, which joins Black-ish as one of the only network shows to feature a predominantly African-American cast, is confident from the get-go, luring you into the Lyons’ familial web of lies, backstabbing, passion — and really catchy music.
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