If you think Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson were good in Craig Brewer’s “Hustle & Flow” movie where Howard played a struggling hip-hop artist trying to make it in the Memphis rap game, then you’re definitely going to enjoy Fox’s new hip hop drama Empire.
The Lee Daniels – created and directed top television series, which is the No. 1 show among young adults (ages 18-49) since it premiered two weeks ago, has dominated shows such as CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”
If you’re just tuning in and trying to catch up on the show, here is a breakdown of what already happened:
- Lucious Lyon (Howard), a rapper turned music mogul, finds out he is terminally ill and tries to keep it away from everyone but his assistant Becky Williams (Gabourey Sidibe) finds out after snooping through his bag in the bathroom.
- Lucious’ ex-wife Cookie (Henson) was released from prison and now wants her stake in the business and wants their gay son Jamal (Jussie Smollett), a singer-songwriter, to take over Empire Entertainment.
- Cookie later found out that Lucious was planning to have his favorite son Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) perform and not Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and this causes friction.
- Their eldest son Andre (Trai Byers), the CFO of the company, struggles with being bi-polar.
- One of the artists from Empire is involved in a shooting.
- Lucious shoots Bunkie (Antoine McKay) in the head which brings on an investigation and the police tapping a witness.
In the third episode titled ‘The Devil Quotes Scripture,’ the police are investigating Lucious Lyons and is led to a homeless man who says, ‘a lion is loose on the streets’ as the investigating officer shows him a picture asking him ‘is this the lion?’
Meanwhile, Hakeem’s eye is caught by another woman (Naomi Campbell) while Lucious promotes Hakeem’s relationship with music star Tianna.
Check out the promo trailer and spoilers for Empire’s Episode 3 ‘The Devil Quotes Scripture’.