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*Taraji P. Henson is giving out more details about her upcoming Fox series “Empire” ahead of its Jan. 7 premiere.

“It’s about this dysfunctional family,” says the actress, who plays the ex-wife of a record label mogul (Terrence Howard) with a drug-dealing past.

“Lucious Lyons and Cookie Lyons, who were married, they birthed three sons. And it’s interesting because I look at it as a ‘Sopranos’ meets ‘Dynasty’ meets hip-hop. But it also has a little bit of ‘King Lear’ in it. You know, the three sons are pitted against each other to see who’s going to take over the empire.”

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Below, Henson picks up from when her character gets out of prison, and explains why Cookie is pissed at everyone except for one of her sons.

“Empire” premieres Wednesday, Jan. 7 on Fox.

Watch a promo below.