Fox’s “Empire” did more to change television when it arrived in early 2015 than any other series this year. It’s the first series with a predominantly black cast since “The Cosby Show” to become a television phenomenon and tip the entire industry on its side by proving that the American television audience doesn’t require the shows it wants to watch to be comprised of any specific group of people, or even a carefully constructed diverse mix. Rather, it’s the stories and the characters and the narrative environment that count.
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