Some drama series might flee from being labeled as a soap opera. The producers of Fox's new "Empire" embrace it.
"Don't you all miss 'Dynasty?'" exclaimed
Daniels said "Empire" is in that vein, but it is also a true reflection of his experience.
"This show is my life," said Daniels, who also produced the films
"Empire," which premiered two weeks ago, has drawn positive reviews and large viewership, becoming one of the few bright spots on Fox's prime-time slate. The series, set in the world of hip hop and centered on the battle over a hit record company, stars Terrence Howard and Henson.
A bit of controversy entered the session when Howard was asked about his past troubles with the law, including multiple reports of domestic abuse.
The actor who married his third wife, Mira Pak, in 2013, spoke about how happy he was--the couple just announced that they are expecting their first child together.
"I've grown so much from anything that's happened in the past," he said. He said producers were not bothered with his personal baggage: "They looked at the power and talent of right now, and they embraced it."