‘Empire’ building for Fox

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Empire’ building for Fox.

PASADENA, Calif. It’s this season’s top-rated newcomer among young-adult viewers, and ratings for Wednesday’s second episode climbed from the show’s premiere, a rare feat. Co-creator Danny Strong “wanted to have someone who was running this family but doing it in an iron-fisted way,” while addressing social issues and “attacking homophobia in a mainstream genre.” “It’s life, with a little bit of camp, so we can laugh,” said pajama-clad co-creator Lee Daniels (The Butler). “Don’t y’all miss Dynasty?” he asked writers at the Television Critics Association. “The big hair, the catfights? Don’t you miss that?” says Henson, the breakout star, who says her performance was inspired by Bette Davis and Diahann Carroll rather than Joan Collins. Howard, who has drawn criticism in the wake of the Bill Cosby scandal for his record of assaulting women, said, “A lot of things I got involved with in my younger days came from frustration.

I’ve grown so much from anything that’s happened in the past,” adding it wasn’t a factor in his casting. (Fox TV Group CEO Dana Walden told critics she only learned last December of Howard’s public record.) “I don’t think they took any of that stuff in consideration.

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