Fox Picks Up Lee Daniels’ ‘Empire’

Fox Picks Up Lee Daniels' 'Empire'

The hip-hop drama stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson

Fox has ordered hip-hop drama “Empire” to series.

“Empire” is a 13-episode family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire featuring original and current music. Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo are producers, with Daniels directing the pilot.

Terrence Howard, Gabourey Sidibe, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollet and Macy Gray will star in the project.

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“Empire” comes from Imagine Entertainment, in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Yesterday, Fox picked up its Batman prequel “Gotham,” to the surprise of no one.

The network has also ordered 10 more episodes of the multi-camera comedy “Mulaney,” from writer/director/creator John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”). The series, which now has a total order of 16 episodes, centers on a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level and the friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around.

Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dave Becky, Jon Pollack, Andrew Singer and Andy Ackerman are executive producing, with Ackerman directing the pilot.