Magazine article Variety

The Tricky Part ... Is Making the Songs Develop the Character

Magazine article Variety

The Tricky Part ... Is Making the Songs Develop the Character

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Danny Strong

Fox's "Empire" crnerged as the biggest broadcast hit of last season by combining a soap opera sensibility with an infectious R&B soundtrack Co-creator Danny Strong looks back on the drama's meteoric rise and revea1s its secret recipe for success. LAURA PRUDOM

What are you most proud of in season one?

The fact that we pulled it off, I had no idea if this show would work or not. The fact that we were able to tell this 12-episode storyline, and keep it at the level wanted - and people responded so well.

The series showed a willingness to burn through story to keep the twists coming.

It seemed to work, didn't it? It was always by design from the pilot. I was worried that just (having) music plotlines would not be able to sustain a weekly narrative, so I wanted to have multiple genres - musical, family soap opera, gritty urban drama, a crime plot and a business plot all running at the same time. …

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