by Chinwe Okafor
Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s breakout hip hop drama is changing the TV game and the people’s perception, making Wednesday night one to look forward to.
It currently holds the position for the highest rated TV show of all time since Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy. The finale alone brought about over 11.3 million people viewing it.
But Empire‘s seemingly unstoppable ratings domination is just one of many epic things you need to know about the show, which is why E!Online rounded up 15 facts [of which we picked 14] that might just blow your mind. Like which A-list actor was almost cast as Lucious instead of Terrence Howard and who was the inspiration for Henson’s breakout character Cookie!
Read below 14 epic facts about Empire, the show everyone is talking about right now;
1. Empire is the greatest thing to ever happen to television.
Over-dramatic? Sure. Accurate? Hell yes.
Fox’s breakout hip-hop family drama is one-part Dynasty, one-part Glee, adding up to the most irresistible new show of the year. Which is why we’ve rounded up a bunch of epic facts you probably don’t know about the show, created by The Butler’s Lee Danielsand Danny Strong, like which cast member was almost homeless before landing their role and which A-list star could’ve played Lucious instead of Howard.
2. WESLEY SNIPES WAS ALMOST LUCIOUS
3. TARAJI P. HENSON IMPROVISES A LOT OF COOKIE’S LINES