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Fox picks up Lee Daniels' 'Empire'

Fox picks up Lee Daniels' 'Empire' © AP / Lee Daniels Fox picks up Lee Daniels' 'Empire'

By Tony Maglio

Fox has ordered hip-hop drama "Empire" to series.

"Empire" is a 13-episode family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire featuring original and current music. Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo are producers. Daniels will direct the pilot.

Terrence Howard, Gabourey Sidibe, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollet and Macy Gray star in the project.

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"Empire" comes from Imagine Entertainment, in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Yesterday, Fox picked up its Batman prequel "Gotham," to the surprise of no one.

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