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Empire: a new breath in the TV series industry

May 18, 2017

Today, I am going to talk to you about my favorite TV series at the moment, and as you can see in the title it is EMPIRE.

Empire is an American TV series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and broadcast since January 7th 2015 in the USA on the Fox network and abroad since September 2015. It is a drama and musical series, consequently it links singing, dancing and a main story with a real meaning all together in (for the moment) 3 seasons and 49 episodes (which last 42 min each). The catchy and bouncy songs are produced by the composer Fil Eisler and the famous producer Timbland and play a real role in the series as they create the atmosphere; an atmosphere of competition and fight that surround the performance of the actors. Morever, the series is set in several places ; in Chicago, New York City and in Philadelphia,USA. The location represents well the world of business, CBD, money and showdown that we can find in Empire.


Lucious Lyon, an old hip hop star, has been for 20 years the CEO of his own compagny: Empire, a music label. He is now one of the richest American producers but his doctors announce him he has an uncurable disease. Consequently, Lucious doesn’t have a lot of time to appoint one of his sons at his succesion of Empire. If two of them are real artists and united, Jamal and Hakeem, the third one, Andre is an accomplished business man with a real desire of being the next CEO of the label. But everything gets complicated, as the mother of the 3 boys, Cookie comes back near her family after being 17 years in jail; indeed she has some scores to settle… So we discover all the adventures of the incredible family in the center of New York and its business traffic.


  • Main actors:

Terrence Howard : Lucious Lyon               

Taraji P. Henson : Loretha, aka “Cookie” Lyon

Bryshere Y. Gray : Hakeem Lyon

Jussie Smolett : Jamal Lyon

Trai Byers : Andre Lyon

Grace Gealey : Anika Calhoun

Gabourey Sidibe: Becky Williams

Ta’Rhonda Jones: Porsha Taylor

Serayah McNeill : Tiana Brown

Kaitlin Doubleday: Rhonda Lyon

Bre-Z : Freda Gatz

Morocco Omari : Tariq

Xzibit : Leslie Jonhson, aka “Shyne”

Morever, for the dancing and singing parts of the series, some special guests are invited such as Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Pitbull, Eva Longoria, Alicia Keys and more.

Empire received many nominations thanks to its success all around the world and the famous and incredible performance of the actors; for example they received some awards for Jussie Smollett and Taraji P. Henson for best actor at the BET Award 2015 and best actress in a drama series. Moreover, the series received the prize of the best Choice TV Show in the “Drama” category at The Teen Choice Award in 2015 and the prize of The Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association Award also in 2015.


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