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    How 'Empire' Beat the Sophomore Slump

    FOX's freshman sensation returns to the airwaves bigger, brasher, and better than ever, a populist mic drop in an age of prestige.

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    Smash Hit 'Empire' Hits Blu-ray in September, Lee Daniels Q & A

    The breakout Fox hit is a not-so-guilty pleasure. We talk to the director about why he went mainstream television with his King Lear hip-hop saga.

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    Daily Reads: 'Age of Ultron,' 'Man of Steel' and the Cost of Modern Warfare, 'Fury Road's Feminism, and More

    Plus: The showrunners of "Empire," House of Cards" and "The Leftovers" on how they've pushed diversity (or haven't).

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    'Empire' Finale Hits New Ratings High; Hulu Scores Exclusive Streaming Rights to FOX's Freshman Sensation

    Creator Lee Daniels' sexy, salacious melodrama capped off its record-breaking first season last night with the most-watched episode of any network drama since 2009.

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    How to Build an 'Empire': 7 Reasons Lee Daniels' Drama Keeps Doing the Impossible

    If "Empire" didn't already have a tagline, "can't stop, won't stop" would certainly fit.

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    'Empire' and the End of "Least Objectionable Television"

    "Least objectionable television' is dead," as ABC entertainment president David Lee said last month, and "Empire" is only the latest network series to dance on the grave.

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