Opposites Lee Daniels and Danny Strong reunite to create Fox's hip-hop show 'Empire'

January 5, 2015 4:21 PM

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At the sprawling downtown apartment of Lee Daniels a few days before Christmas, the director was chatting with Danny Strong, the writer behind such politics-themed pieces as "Recount," "Game Change" and, of course, "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

The two had recently reunited to create "Empire," a soap opera set in the hip-hop world. With its Shakespearean story of money, music, a dying mogul (Terrence Howard) and his dysfunctional family, the drama is Fox's great midseason hope when it premieres Wednesday.

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