‘Empire’ Provides Enough Story To Keep You Busy Between the Music

January 9, 2015 7:17 AM

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At 9 PM Wednesday night the sumptuous soap Empire premiered to 9.9 million viewers, and breathing life into FOX’s struggling lineup in the process. The hour-long drama finally capitalizes on the musical trend with music sorely missing from Empire’s predecessors: R&B and Hip-Hop. Instead of making do with Mr. Schuester covering 20-year-old rap songs on Glee, now we finally have a show with maybe not groundbreaking music, but really good stuff for a network drama. The story itself is cheesy and the dialogue doesn’t even attempt subtext, but a compelling structure and flashy drama out the wazoo keep you engrossed – even when you know you shouldn’t be.

Interestingly, this tale of a cutthroat music industry executive with warring family dynamics is partially based off a 1963 book entitled The Lion In Winter about the personal and professional difficulties of King Henry II of England. This complex political web forms somewhat of a backbone for this ...

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