E4 will air Empire after record-breaking US debut


One of this year’s biggest television hits in the US is coming to the UK!

Empire, the drama series about the conflict at a family-run hip-hop record label, has been acquired by E4 and is set to air this spring.

The show concerns Empire Entertainment, a record label founded by Lucious Lyon, played by Oscar nominee Terrence Howard. He is forced to hand over control of the company to one of his sons following an illness, with their machinations further complicated by the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P Henson) fresh from a spell in prison.

The show has proven to be a ratings winner in the US with over 14 million viewers tuning in every week to see the drama go down in the ground-breaking series. The show’s soundtrack, overseen by Timbaland, has also been a big hit, topping the album charts earlier this month. It has been commissioned for a second series, with Spike Lee among the directors pitching to helm episodes.

Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt heralded the show’s arrival, saying: “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.”

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