FOX is rapidly amassing a large arsenal of scripted dramas for the 2014-2015, picking up two new shows in addition to the three they already have lined up.

On Tuesday the network ordered Empire and Red Band Society to series, both of which feature African-American leads.

Empire comes from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) and centers on the family drama surrounding a hip-hop empire. Like Nashville for country music, it will feature new and current music. The show stars Oscar nominees Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe.

FOX’s other new drama is Red Band Society, adapted from a popular Spanish series. The show centers on a group of teenagers living in a hospital and their unlikely friendships. It stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Dave Annable (Brothers and Sisters, 666 Park Avenue).

These two projects join the recently picked up Batman prequel Gotham as well as three shows that were ordered straight to series several months ago: Backstrom from Bones creator Hart Hanson and starring The Office‘s Rainn Wilson and the Egyptian adventure series Hieroglyph.

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With the cancellations of The X Factor and Almost Human, FOX has a lot of room on its schedule for all of these new dramas. Previously, returning favorites Bones and The Following, plus freshman drama Sleepy Hollow, were all renewed for the 2014-2015 TV season.

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