UPDATE: Macy Gray‘s season one arc was apparently scrapped after she is said to have behaved erratically on the show’s set, and was let go, which is why she’s not been seen in the series.
Previously… Macy Gray and Bryshere Y. Gray (aka rapper Yazz The Greatest) joined Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Jussie Smollett in Lee Daniels’ hip hop drama series “Empire,” which is set up at FOX TV.
Lee Daniels is collaborating with his “The Butler” writer, Danny Strong, on the project, with Brian Grazer also producing.
The project, which reportedly sparked a bidding war among the 4 major broadcast networks last year, received a pilot commitment from FOX, and is described as a drama about a family-run hip-hop empire, hence the title.
Danny Strong and Daniels are co-writing the pilot script, which Daniels will direct, with Strong, Daniels, Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing.
Howard plays Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, but tough chief of a record label titled Empire Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO.
Meanwhile, Henson plays Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon, who’s a “total badass” with a prison record (she served 17 years for dealing drugs, and used the money to help finance Lucious’ growing music empire, when it was still in its early days). She’s now out of prison, and has come for what’s hers!
Jussie Smollett plays their son, Jamal, a fledgling rapper himself, who, is also gay – something that Lucious, the father, has a problem with.
And Macy Gray was to appear as Tasha, a woman having an affair with Bryshere Y. Gray’s character, Hakeem Lyon, Lucious’ other son, the youngest of the two, and Lucious’ favorite, and the frontrunner to take over his father’s empire.
Let all the family drama ensue!