Networking and knowing people in high places open doors. The Reverend Al Sharpton and Andrea Leon Talley to appear on Empire this fall. Rev. Al’s character will show support for Empire’s imprisoned Lucious Lyons (Terrence Howard) at a Free Lucious concert. Lee Daniels is the creator of Empire, and is the hottest hip hop drama TV series shattering ratings. Empire returns September 23nd on Fox Network.