'Empire': Can a Hip-Hop Soap Opera Really Work?

January 8, 2015 11:39 AM

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New hip-hop family soap Empire premiered on FOX last night and the critics appear to be firmly onside for Lee Daniels' show. It stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, an ill rap mogul who must decide which of his three sons will inherit his lucrative company. The show co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey and features original music from Timbaland.

"There's something soapy and delicious about Empire," said Molly Eichel of The A.V Club, "But it's a double-edged sword: Empire will either continue to be fun and splashy, while staying grounded and engaging, or it will flame out as so many primetime sudsers have before it, becoming too ridiculous f...

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