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'Empire' Breaking Barriers With Overseas Viewers

Actors Bryshere Gray, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard seen at LA Premiere Of "Empire" at Arclight Cinema Dome on Tuesday
Actors Bryshere Gray, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard seen at LA Premiere Of "Empire" at Arclight Cinema Dome on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP)

The Cosby Show was the first — and last — television series starring an African-American cast to become a worldwide hit. But the U.S. success of shows like Fox's Empire, ABC's Black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder, and, in the pay TV sphere, Starz' Power and Survivor's Remorse, is beginning to attract the attention of international broadcasters and is opening up the global market for more diverse primetime programming.

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