Fox Orders Lee Daniels’ Hip-Hop Drama ‘Empire’ Starring Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard

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Award winning director Lee Daniel is heading to Fox with his new Hip-Hop drama, Empire. The network has picked up the drama which is slated for the 2014-15 season.

Empire is written and produced The Butler‘s Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The drama is described as a family drama set in the world of a Hip-Hop empire. Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson stars as Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), who is the head of a record label at the center of the drama.

Empire makes the TV directing debut for Daniels. From 20th Century Fox and Imagine, Brian Grazer will executive produce alongside Daniels, Strong and Francie Calfo.

Oscar Award nominee Gabby Sidibe (she made her acting debut in the 2009 film, Precious) co-stars alongside regulars Jussie Smollett, Malik Yoba, Kaitlin Doubleday, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey and Tasha Smith. Empire also features original and current music, with Grammy Award winning producer Timbaland on board as a songwriter/music producer.

The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The drama had been generating solid buzz throughout pilot season, with the additional revenue streams to come from the original music sales, likely also contributing to the network’s decision to pick up the drama. Fox picked up the drama after a multiple-network bidding war, ordering Empire to pilot with an eye toward series pickup under its new development model“.

The series will become the third scripted musical show on broadcast TV, joining Fox’s Glee– which also hails from producers 20th Century Fox Television — and ABC’s country music drama Nashville, from producers Lionsgate TV“.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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