So, excited to see a real thread for this. I think I asked about it in another.
As disappointed as I was about how dirty Person of Interest did Taraji, I'm glad they did as this is a very promising show. I was reluctant to watch it at first as I thought it was going to be stereotype galore, but there is a nice balance to the show, that even the worst behavior is very believable behavior.
The only thing I really don't buy is Gabourey Sidibe as his assistant. The music industry and Lucious are way too narrow minded in "a look" for her to really be that prominent in his operation. While it does seem like their relationship is built on something prior to the rise of Empire, that jerk (and I say that with love) would have her hidden away.
Taraji is really the star of this show as she is required to do so much more as the woman trying to catch up, keep pace and beat Lucious, the man she's still in love with. Hopefully, her presence on the show doesn't become a problem for Terence Howard as he's gotten a blown up ego over smaller things than "who's the star of this project?"