Empire (2015– )
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Lucious Lyon, told he has a terminal illness, needs one of his family members to step up and take over his company. Meanwhile his ex-wife, recently released from prison, has plans of her own.

Director:

Lee Daniels

Writers:

Lee Daniels (created by), Danny Strong (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Howard ... Lucious Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray ... Hakeem Lyon
Jussie Smollett ... Jamal Lyon
Trai Byers ... Andre Lyon
Grace Byers ... Anika Calhoun (as Grace Gealey)
Malik Yoba ... Vernon Turner
Kaitlin Doubleday ... Rhonda Lyon
Taraji P. Henson ... Cookie Lyon
Gabourey Sidibe ... Becky
Rafael de la Fuente ... Michael Sanchez
Antoine McKay ... Bunkie Williams
Chris Redd ... Roger
Jennifer Joan Taylor ... Dr. Shahani
Carolyn Hoerdemann Carolyn Hoerdemann ... Prison Officer
Genis Drake Genis Drake ... Young Jamal (as Genis Wooten)

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Storyline

Lucious Lyon, told he has a terminal illness, needs one of his family members to step up and take over his company. Meanwhile his ex-wife, recently released from prison, has plans of her own.

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The scene where young Jamal is thrown into the trash is based on a real incident which happened to series co-creator, Lee Daniels. When they were shooting the scene, Daniels got choked up and started crying, so his sister, who was on set that day and witnessed the real incident, was the one who directed Genis Drake's performance for that moment. See more »

Connections

References The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) See more »

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What is Love
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Performed by Veronika Bozeman
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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