Sibling rivalries, Taraji P. Henson highlight new drama ‘Empire’

January 5, 2015 5:02 AM

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The series, premiering Wednesday, has everything a dedicated soap opera fan lives for — family rivalries, power plays, blackmail and an outrageous villain — with something extra: an original soundtrack by hitmaker Timbaland, giving the ordinary viciousness on display a fresher sound.

The “Empire” under discussion is a record label run by Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a mogul with a game-changing secret that’s making the abdication of his musical throne look like a good idea. Like King Lear, he looks at the available talent pool — sons, not daughters, like the play — and wonder...

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