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‘The Vulture TV Podcast’: Empire Edition

A special Empire edition of “The Vulture TV Podcast” is here! TV columnist Margaret Lyons and TV editor Gazelle Emami discuss Fox’s hit show in advance of this Wednesday’s two-hour season finale. Then, TV reporter Joe Adalian brings on Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken to discuss the frenzy behind the show and how she balances the soapier elements with the more substantial story lines about family and race.

We end with one of our reader questions, on whether The Mindy Project is too focused on Mindy Kaling.

Note — this episode contains spoilers in the following discussions:

Empire, season one, 2:45–21:00

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‘The Vulture TV Podcast’: Empire Edition