Our verdict: Empire is all over the place and we love it. Billed as a "unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire," the show centers on Lucious, a hip-hop mogul played by Terrence Howard, who has been diagnosed with ALS and only has three years to live. Lucious now needs to decide which of his three sons, who all appear to be very different, will do the Ice Bucket Challenge/take over his empire given he isn't prepared to split it among the three of them.
Also in the mix? Lucious' ex, Cookie — played to powerhouse perfection by Taraji P. Henson — who was just released after spending 17 years in the big house on drug charges. The illegal business she was running in relation to said drugs is how Lucious got the money to start his business in the first place, and now Cookie has come to collect. And based on what we've seen, we think it's safe to say this is a woman who won't stop until she gets what she wants. If we're being honest, we're pretty excited about all the da-rama this woman is going to bring. She is a downright boss.
It seems we're not alone: Cookie and the woman who portrays her were on the receiving end of a lot love following last night's premiere. Can't say we're surprised. All the best characters are those we simultaneously fear and are in awe of, right?
The show itself also seems to have a lot of people talking, and the place they're all talking is where everyone seems to congregate to spout TV love: Twitter. Here are some words from those, including some celebs, who were all over Empire's premiere.
So now I am all about Empire. ALL ABOUT #EMPIRE, tweeples.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 8, 2015
Watching #Empire. It's gonna be a hot mess, I can already tell it and I am going to LOVE IT!— Delthea Simmons (@DeltheaSimmons) January 8, 2015
high lip gloss budget for this program. #empire— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) January 8, 2015
I also love that Lee Daniels is one of the people behind the wheel of this project #Empire— Daniel (@daniel_flores91) January 8, 2015
#Empire already has me hooked... from Cookie's walk baby... so good— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 8, 2015
FYI: I will be watching #Empire again.— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl) January 8, 2015
Just watched the first episode of #Empire and I must say it's legit— Ronnie Burnett (@RonnieBurnett_) January 8, 2015
She messed him UP with that broom. He deserved it though. #Empire— Kelcey (@xokelzzz) January 8, 2015
Loved that montage. #Empire— Pete Nowalk (@petenowa) January 8, 2015
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