"A Father Wants a Legacy. A Son Wants Acceptance" in New Promo for 'Empire'
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"A Father Wants a Legacy. A Son Wants Acceptance" in New Promo for 'Empire'

EmpireHere’s another look at FOX’s new drama "Empire," the "epic family battle," as the press release states, that debuts, with limited commercial interruption, on Wednesday, January 7, from 9-10 PM ET/PT, following "American Idol XIV."

From Lee Daniels, Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and producer Brian Grazer, comes a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power. Featuring music by prolific producer Timbaland, the series stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

Jussie Smollett, Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka rapper Yazz The

Greatest), Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Malik Yoba, and Grace Gealey make up the starring cast.

Howard plays Lucious

Lyon, a charismatic, but tough chief of a record label titled Empire

Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO.

Meanwhile, Henson

is Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon, who’s described as a

"total badass" with a prison record (she served 17 years for dealing

drugs, and used the money to help finance Lucious’ growing music empire,

when it was still in its early days). She’s now out of prison, and has

come for what’s hers!

Jussie Smollett plays their son, Jamal, a

fledgling rapper himself, who is also gay – something that Lucious, the

father, has a problem with. 

Macy Gray will appear as Tasha, a

woman having an affair with Bryshere Y. Gray’s character, Hakeem Lyon,

Lucious’ other son, the youngest, and Lucious’ favorite, and the

frontrunner to take over his father’s empire.

Trai Byers will

play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as tall and brilliant, but

with a dark side, and Grace Gealey will play Anika, the head of A&R

for Empire Entertainment, and Lucious’ current girlfriend.


Yoba will play Lucious’ longtime friend from the streets and business

associate, who is now Empire Entertainment’s chairman of the board.

Finally, Gabourey Sidibe will recur as Lucious’ hard-working assistant Becky.

Let all the family drama ensue!

Here’s your first look at the new trailer which highlights the relationship between papa Howard and son Smollett:

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