Brian Grazer on 'Empire': It's 'Better' Than Any Other Success I've Had

by Meredith B. Kile 5:30 PM PDT, April 14, 2015
Playing Brian Grazer on 'Empire': It's 'Better' Than Any Other Success I've Had

Brian Grazer has produced Academy Award-winning films and critically acclaimed TV shows like Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and 24, so when he says a project is his favorite, he's really saying something.

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Ron Howard's producing partner sat down with Oprah to discuss his latest hit, Fox's hit hip-hop drama Empire, which broke ground in its first season not only by featuring incredibly talented performers and addictingly soapy plotlines, but by growing its ratings share nearly every single week.

"I have to say it’s cooler and better than any other success that I’ve had," Grazer told Oprah in an interview for OWN’s Super Soul Sunday. "Because it was explosive. It was immediate and explosive."

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The show, created by Oscar nominees Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, wowed audiences (and Grazer himself) with riveting drama and standout performances by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson as the heads of the powerful and contentious Lyon family.

"Beyond that it has this sort of awe factor like, every week three crazy things are gonna happen with the characters, it’s sort of cool," Grazer explained. "It’s got great actors that are Oscar-nominated caliber actors. It’s very special."

See more from Grazer’s interview with Oprah on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday on April 19.

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