Hip-hop drama Empire hits UK screens in April
Empire is a musical drama that follows hip-hop mogul and Empire Entertainment owner Lucious Lyon as he decides which of his family will inherit the business. Hustle & Flow actor Terrence Howard stars.
The show originally aired on Fox earlier this year and drew a record 23.12 million viewers for the last episode in March. Over a million viewers via on-demand services also watched the first episodes of Empire.
Fox announced in January that it had renewed the show for a second season, which is scheduled to air in September. Channel 4 acquired the rights to the show earlier this month and it will premiere on E4 in a prime-time slot.
The show is created by Lee Daniels and features an original soundtrack created by songwriter Jim Beanz and producer Timbaland. The cast also includes Taraji P Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey and Malik Yoba.
Fox Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Cornish said: “We are delighted to be working with E4 on Empire, the hottest new show on American television – it’s the perfect home for the series. “
Channel 4 Creative Director Jay Hunt added: “Empire was a record success in the United States. He grew and grew as audiences fell in love with his unforgettable characters and soundtrack. I’m glad he’s coming to E4. “
Source: Digital spy
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