“Empire” — the “Empire” that broke records and captivated viewers last season — is in the second season’s fall finale somewhere. Behind the copious amounts of plot and just out of focus, the drama’s true potential is kept afloat by the talent of the cast and the show’s character dynamics, but it will soon be in danger of drowning within itself.
What is it about this charismatic host and the series of parodies, celebrity guests and viral sketches that prompts my mom and I to overcome our differences and dedicate over an hour to watch his show? The same question can be asked of his nearly 3.9 million viewers.
After a few hours of waiting, I was finally seated for the day’s taping of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The studio’s look told me it was going to be a special episode, and I was in for a fun hour-and-a-half.