'Empire' and 'Freakshow' Are More Similar Than You Think

March 30, 2015 4:36 PM

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In the past few months, two shows have engulfed social media for similar reasons, until you add acclaim to the equation. Empire is the new, 13-episode smash-hit Fox show, with an album that beat out Madonna for Billboard's number one spot, and a Glee-meets-Dynasty-add-Rap premise. American Horror Story: Freakshow is that Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk FX horror anthology, which just ended its fourth season, in which lots of gruesome things happened and pretty much everyone wrote off as a disaster on the scale of Airport 1975 or "ARTPOP."

Empire tells the story of musical magnate Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a murderous mogul who's struggling to keep his company thriving before he dies. He has three sons, whom he likes on and off, and an ex-con wife named Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). Bad things happen and people get killed and lots ...

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