BREAKING NEWS: E4 acquires break-out hit series Empire. We know many of you have been patiently waiting for US hit TV series Empire to come to the UK, well the wait is finally over as E4 has acquired Empire and is set to release in spring 2015.
This means no more waiting, no more online streaming. It means we get to watch Empire in HD on a real TV, with real sound quality. We are so excited about this. Good Job E4.
The compelling new US series Empire, described by creator, Academy Award® nominee, Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious) as ‘black Dynasty’, Empire is set in the provocative world of hip-hop music and follows the fictional life of a former street thug turned powerhouse music industry mogul, Lucious Lyon (Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard, Crash, Hustle & Flow).
When Lucious, a talented artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, is diagnosed with a debilitating illness, he must choose one of his three sons to become heir of his successful music kingdom. Lucious’ favourite is his youngest son, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), who is a gifted musician but also a spoiled playboy who values fame over hard work. Middle son Jamal (Jussie Smollett, North, The Mighty Ducks) is a sensitive soul and musical prodigy who, unlike Hakeem, shies away from the spotlight. Eldest son Andre (Trai Byers, 90210), is Wharton-educated with a brilliant mind, but lacks the charisma that Lucious believes is critical to running the company successfully.
As Lucious prompts his sons to vie for his empire, his plans are thrown into chaos when his ex-wife, the brash and outspoken Cookie, (Academy Award and Emmy® Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Person of Interest) mysteriously emerges from prison to claim her share of the business. As the Lyons slug it out, an emotional chess game begins that will either cause the family’s destruction or redemption. Love, war, family, sacrifice, money and music: this is the story of Empire.
The 12 x 60 series which premiered in the US in January, was created by Daniels and Danny Strong and is loosely inspired by Daniels’ real-life experiences. American rap star and producer, Timbaland, alongside songwriter and producer Jim Beanz, are responsible for creating the series’ original soundtrack, which topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Album and 200 Album Charts in the US.
Of the acquisition, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt said:
“Empire has been a record breaking hit in the US. It’s grown and grown as audiences have fallen in love with its unforgettable characters and soundtrack. I’m delighted it’s coming to E4.”
The series, which is due to air on E4 this Spring, is from Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television and is distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.
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