Lu­cious Lyon and his mu­sic-mak­ing, power-hun­gry fam­ily are head­ing to free TV with the first sea­son of Em­pire.

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Mu­sic is a cut-throat busi­ness at the best of times, but what hap­pens when you throw a dys­func­tional fam­ily into the mix? Em­pire (2015cur­rent), that’s what! The record­break­ing drama cen­tres on rap­per­turned-me­dia mogul Lu­cious Lyon (Ter­rence Howard), who’s di­ag­nosed with ALS (amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, a type of mo­tor neu­ron con­di­tion) and given three years to live. Lu­cious plans to leave his dy­nasty to one of his three sons, he’s just not sure which one will sit on his throne at Em­pire En­ter­tain­ment. There’s also one other mat­ter to worry about: his con­vict ex-wife Cookie ( Taraji P Hen­son) is out of prison!


Lu­cious lives in a man­sion and wears tailored suits, but make no mis­take: he is a thug from the street who won’t bat an eye­lid at squash­ing any­one in his way. Cookie’s spent the last 17 years in prison, tak­ing the fall for a drug deal. She’s free now and wants some­thing for her sac­ri­fice: a chunk of Em­pire En­ter­tain­ment. An­dre ( Trai By­ers) is the el­dest Lyon son and Em­pire’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer. What “Dre” lacks in mu­sic tal­ent, he makes up for by man­ag­ing the fam­ily busi­ness. Ja­mal (Jussie Smol­lett) is the tal­ented gay middle son. While Ja­mal just wants to per­form, he’s be­ing used as a pawn in Lu­cious and Cookie’s pow­er­strug­gle. Ha­keem (Bryshere Y Gray) is the youngest Lyon and Em­pire’s big­gest mu­si­cal act. He’s flashy, tal­ented, tem­per­a­men­tal and has a thing for older women. Anika Cal­houn (Grace Gealey) is Lu­cious’s fi­ancée and the head of the A&R divi­sion – she finds new acts and de­vel­ops them.

Ha­keem (Bryshere Y Gray).

An­dre (Trai By­ers).

Lu­cious (Ter­rence Howard).

Cookie (Taraji P Hen­son).

Ja­mal (Jussie Smol­lett). NOW ON FREE TV!

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