Lee Daniels'-produced Empire coming to Fox for the 2014-2015 television season.
Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels has added another line to his growing résumé: TV show creator. Fox announced Tuesday that The Butler director's hip-hop family drama Empire received a series order for the 2014-15 season.
A collaboration with Butler writer Danny Strong, Empire stars Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), who heads the hip-hop record label at the center of the series.
The show also reunites Daniels with his Oscar-nominated Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe, who most recently appeared on FX's American Horror Story: Coven. THR spoke with (an elated) Daniels just moments after the announcement about transitioning from film to TV, which of his famous friends said she didn't think he could ever do a series and whether he will maintain the tradition of wearing pajamas to work.
Congrats on your series order for Empire. How does it feel?
I'm trying to adjust! I'm just so thankful for Fox. This is really some cutting-edge stuff, it's really out there. They understood my and Danny [Strong]'s vision and they embraced it. They encouraged us to create these incredible characters who are based on real people, family members of mine. I think people will be surprised by the subject matter. They won't know what to make of some of our situations.