"Drip, drop, drip drippity drop..." That's one song you WILL be jamming along to before the winter is over and it's one of the songs you will hear and most likely fall in love with on Fox Africa's Empire. Starting on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at
Now what is Empire?
Well only the best show to hit the screens this year! Set in the interesting world of a hip hop record label, Empire tells the story of the Lyons- Lucious, Cookie, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem- and everything that happens in the company, how they handle things and of course, as with every family, a power struggle. Think King Lear and Macbeth and you'll see what we mean when you tune in.
A musical drama, there is naturally a whole lot of music and the best thing about it is that it's songs you'd actually want to listen to. Having seen a few episodes online, we want to jam to these songs and cannot wait until the full soundtrack is released. Yes. The music is that good. And it's because Timbaland is behind the production.
Who Is Who In the Empire
• Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, a former drug dealer turned hip hop mogul and the CEO of Empire Entertainment, whose life begins to cave in around him after his past sins come back to haunt him following his being diagnosed with ALS.
• Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Lucious' outspoken ex-wife and mother of his three sons, who served a 17-year stretch in prison for drug dealing. She sees herself as the sacrificial lamb for Empire, which she built with Lucious, but then took the fall for when she was arrested for running the drugs that financed Lucious' early career. Upon her return from prison she is determined to bring the Lyon family back together.
• Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, the eldest son of the Lyon family and CFO of Empire Entertainment. He is Wharton educated and power hungry and suffers from bipolar disorder. He is also married to his college sweetheart, Rhonda. He plans to run Empire but is in a battle for the head chair with his younger brothers.
• Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, the middle son and black sheep of the Lyon family, a talented, gay singer-songwriter who despises the corporate aspect of the music industry and is estranged from his homophobic father. Jamal is considerably Cookie's favourite and has a strong relationship with Hakeem.
• Bryshere Y. Gray as Hakeem Lyon, the fame-obsessed youngest son and Lucious' favourite child, who is a hip hop star on the rise. Hakeem hates Cookie, but a great relationship with Jamal.
• Grace Gealey as Anika Calhoun, head of Empire Entertainment A&R and Lucious' fiancé. Cookie and Anika share an extreme dislike for each other.
• Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner, Lucious' longtime friend and business partner, and chairman of Empire Entertainment.
• Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Andre's manipulative and power hungry wife
Why you MUST Watch Empire
We did already say it's the best show this year, right? What more do you need for us to convince you to watch Empire? It really is good and we promise, you WILL enjoy it. It's that good. Need more? Well, here it is.
- It's soapy goodness. It's the edge that is very cable drama, but still has that suitable for the whole family kind of TV viewing.
- Dynasty would be proud to see that it has finally been given a worthy show to be compared to.
- It's one of the most watched shows on TV, breaking records by rising every. single. week. It's that good.
- TV critics love it. Besides the bougie ones who think the show is beneath them (there's like 1 out of 100) it's been given great reviews by all the critics who matter. And they know what they are talking about.
- New faces. We all love it when shows launch new faces and this is one show that does that.
- Notable guest stars. HUGE stars. Naomi Campbell,Macy Gray as Tasha, Courtney Love as Elle Dallas, Derek Luke, Gabourey Sidibe,Tasha Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gladys Knight, Anthony Hamilton, Sway Calloway, Raven-Symoné.
- It's from an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning and nominated team. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. They know what they are doing and it's evident.
- Cookie. Cookie. Cookie. Cookie. Taraji gives an award winning performance as Cookie Lyon that you won't help but fall in love with! Trust us. Soon you'll be hating on #BooBooKitty and loving #TeamCookie
Is that reason enough to convince you to watch Empire? We sure hope so!
Don't forget to tune in, from Wednesday 4 March 2015, on FOX!