Lee Daniels and Brian Grazier's new offering Empire, a television drama dealing with a hip hop family dynasty, stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson as an embittered and formerly married couple vying for the control of a thriving music corporation. Empire somehow seems better placed on Starz or HBO, and I mean that as a compliment, in that the level of drama and chaos, the return of bankable movie stars to the small screen, the presence of Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer as well as the depiction of subject matter largely explored with different formats, all count as maneuvers more predictably typical of the pay services. However, FOX has offered a worthy contender in the ring of pugilism. Let's discuss!
The series debuts tonight as part of FOX's new Wednesday night line up and features themes common in Daniel's childhood including navigating a hostile living environment with a sometimes cruel and homophobic father who disapproved of his son's sexuality and a mother who protected him fiercely.