FOX is expanding its dramas by ordering both ‘Empire’ and ‘Red Band Society’ to series for the 2014-15 season.
First up, we have the hip-hop drama ‘Empire’ from ‘The Butler’s Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, which focuses on the world of hip-hop and features a different kind of family drama. The series stars ‘Person of Interest’s Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, as Cookie and Lucious Lyon, respectively.
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Both are rough, tough and will do whatever it takes when it comes to the music biz. With Cookie just being released from prison after serving 17 years of hard time on drug charges, she is looking to take over her ex and former business partner’s (Lucious) hip-hop business.
The series also stars Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, Malik Yoba, Kaitlin Doubleday, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey and Tasha Smith. Timbaland is also contributing his music expertise as songwriter/music producer.
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As for ‘Red Band Society,’ from exec-producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero and ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Margaret Nagle, it’s said to be a dark dramedy focusing on the daily lives of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. The group forms a deep and unexpected friendship helping them to survive the challenges of their intense circumstances. It stars Dave Annable and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
In addition to these two dramas, FOX has also picked up ‘Gotham,’ ‘Backstrom’ and ‘Hieroglyph.’
UPDATE: FOX has also ordered 10 additional episodes of 'Mulaney,' starring and written and created by 'Saturday Night Live' comedian/writer John Mulaney, which is loosley based on his life. Originally, the comedy was granted six episodes and now has a total of 16.