Empire Preview: Who are the Major Players?

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After much hype and promotion, Empire Season 1 Episode 1 will finally debut Wednesday January 7th on FOX.

Taking place in the hip hop world, the story follows Lucious Lyon as he receives some devastating news that will have a major impact on his family and the future of his company. 

The show will follow Lucious, ex-wife Cookie and their three sons, who will soon be pitted against one another, as they look to eventually lead their father's record label. 

Big screen talents Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson head the talented cast of relative unknowns, who won't be unknown for long. With first rate performances and catchy music, this is one family saga you won't want to miss. 

Let's check out the cast of Empire in anticipation of it's premiere!

Whitney Evans is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Empire Quotes

You don't need to show me around, this is my place punk.

Cookie

Shyne: I guess what they say is true. The camera does add ten pounds.
Cookie: Well then what is your excuse fat ass?