Fox orders new shows from Lee Daniels, Steven Spielberg

Director Lee Daniels attends the 13th Annual AARP's Movies For Grownups Awards Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

A family drama about a hip-hop business empire from filmmaker Lee Daniels and a coming-of-age series from Steven Spielberg will be part of Fox's 2014-15 TV season, the network said Tuesday.

Daniels ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Precious") is writing, directing and producing "Empire," starring Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, Fox said.

The series will feature original music and covers of current songs.

Spielberg is among the producers of "Red Band Society," with an ensemble cast starring Octavia Spencer ("The Help"). Fox described the series as an unconventional drama-comedy about teenagers that's set in a hospital pediatric wing.

Those series join "Gotham," the Batman prequel Fox has already given a series order.

Also Tuesday, NBC announced a new sitcom for next season, "Marry Me," starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as two apparently star-crossed lovers, and two new political dramas.

Hope Davis and Scott Cohen star in "Allegiance," about a CIA analyst who learns his parents are former Russian agents being called back into service.

"State of Affairs" will star Alfre Woodard as U.S. president and Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst who shares a tragic loss with her.

NBC also said it will air the drama "Odyssey," about strangers fighting an international conspiracy involving the military, corporate interests and Middle Eastern terrorists. Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli star.

The announcements preceded next week's network fall schedule presentations to advertisers in New York.

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