If you haven’t already heard…‘Empire’ is the hottest TV show of the decade. When will the UK be ready to build their own…Empire?

If you haven’t already heard…‘Empire’ is the hottest TV show of the decade. When will the UK be ready to build their own…Empire?

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New Fox hip-hop drama ‘Empire’ has just finished its first season in the US and in just 3 months become one of the biggest shows on television.

The show stars Terrence Howard as Jay-Z like music mogul Lucious Lyon who has been diagnosed with ALS and given 3 years to live with the tough choice of, to whom to leave his ‘Empire’. Matriarch Cookie (Taraji P Henson) also returns after 17 years in jail, shaking up the family. Oscar nominated Lee Daniels created the show with writer Danny Strong and star cameos from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Cuba Gooding Jr and Jennifer Hudson are a common occurrence.

‘Empire’ first aired in January to 9 million people and has grown in audience every episode since- the first time on record this has been achieved. The show has had the biggest first season of any show since Grey’s Anatomy back in 2005 (and that show incidentally is still on the air and going strong). Now after turning their noses up at it, UK broadcasters are apparently scrambling to secure the rights.

What makes this so interesting is that this show is a predominately ‘black’ show. The myth of audiences being turned off by onscreen diversity is becoming more and more difficult to argue. This is especially true when you consider other recent US hits that have a diverse cast such as: Black-ish, and Scandal. Hopefully the UK will not just import this show but take inspiration and build their own ‘Empire’, so to speak.

-Dylan Wiggan


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