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Empire is a musical drama television series about a music empire. The hip-hop family drama project from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong stars Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson.  The show is partially based on James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. The show premiered on Wednesday January 7, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.

Here’s the shows premise: Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon (Terrance Howard), has always ruled unchallenged, but a medical diagnosis predicts he will be incapacitated in three years, which prompts the sharks to circle. Without further damaging his family, he must decide which of his three sons will take over. His favorite, young Hakeem, is a gifted musician but values fame over hard work. Middle son, Jamal, is talented and shy but gay — embarrassing to Lyon. The oldest, Andre, is business-minded but lacks charisma. The reappearance of Cookie, his ex-wife (Taraji P. Henson), complicates things; she says he owes her for taking the fall for the drug-running that financed his early career.

Check out the trailer below.

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