There is truly no stopping the phenomenon that has become the hit Fox show Empire. Every week, it continues to defy the odds and raise its ratings. Industry insiders wonder how they keep doing it and what the secret is and while we may never be able to put our fingers on the exact reason for its success, one thing is for sure,-Empire shows no sign of slowing down.
I will be very honest here and this is the writer and entertainment lover in me, in the beginning I did not see the big deal with the show. In fact, from the first episode, I was not impressed and felt like it was cheap and that the Starz show Power backed by 50 cent and starring Omari Hedrick was way better. I felt the acting on Empire wasn’t that good, the storyline a little over the top and the social issues they addressed I deemed unnecessary and contrived. But then something happened- I fell in love with the show.
During the course of the season everything increased in quality; the plots, the delivery, and the writing. It became a cultural success for so many reasons and has solidified itself as a viable contender with the most established television dramas.
This season, we saw everything from mental illness to race relations. Empire television show is a success because it tells personal stories that were too taboo to explore to which we can all relate. Fans flock to their TV’s every week because they know that Cookie is going to do something crazy but needed to save the company she helped to build and strengthen her family. We also get to witness the father-son dynamic play out through Lucious Lyon and his three sons. Jamal, in particular, is struggling with his father’s opposition to his homosexual lifestyle choice all while belting out a hot new song.
With the two hour season finale set for tonight, there is no wonder that Empire has already signed on two powerhouse celebrities to join the cast for the next season. It was recently reported that both Common and Oprah Winfrey are set to appear on the show. The slew of celebrities that made appearances in some form or fashion in the last few weeks includes everyone from Mary J Blige, Raven Symone, Anthony Hamilton to Gladys Knight, Naomi Campbell and Estelle.
Everyone wants in on the action that the Empire television show has to offer and there is no doubt that season two is going to take us on a ride unlike any other.