There are a lot of moving parts – and not all of them work – jammed into the vibrant and entertaining Fox pilot Empire, which premieres on Wednesday and qualifies as one of 2015's eagerly anticipated new shows, at least early on.
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The begging begins about 55 seconds into "You're My Fantasy," the opening track on "Paula." Over gentle salsa strums, Robin Thicke pleads "please" seven times in a row to a woman whose absence feels ghostlike ("I can smell your perfume/-Y