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TV is the new radio: 'Empire,' 'Vinyl' and late night talk shows provide wall-to-wall music

TV is the new radio: 'Empire,' 'Vinyl' and late night talk shows provide wall-to-wall music

When “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken was working with Quincy Jones in the 1990s, they developed a show about a girl band. “It would have been a smash hit,” Chaiken says now. “But it didn't get on the air. For many years people have talked about doing shows about the music industry — but they got rejected. Then suddenly it clicks.”

It sure has. TV is the new radio these days, covered in prime-time and late night, live and taped, comedy and drama — with music. Narrative shows such as Fox's “Empire,” about a hip-hop mogul and his family; HBO's “Vinyl,” set in the music industry of the 1970s; and...

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