“Empire” Tackles Homophobia and Grows Its Ratings, Is Renewed for Second Season [Berkshire on Stage]

January 20th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Sara
Empire

“Empire” is a powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.

Story by Larry Murray

Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen’s Most Current measure, FOX-TV’s Empire has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two.

Yesterday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the cast and producers of the new hit drama series Empire fielded questions from reporters about the popular new series and our colleague Jim Halterman had the chance to ask creator Lee Daniels and star Terrence Howard about the homophobia portrayed in Howard’s character.

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“Homophobia is rampant in the African‑American community, and men are on the DL,” Howard said. “They don’t come out because the priest says, your pastor says, your mama says, your next‑door neighbor says, your homie says, your brother says, your boss says…and so I wanted to blow the lid off the door and on homophobia in my community.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.