Last week saw the premiere of two music-themed television shows and, thankfully, there wasn't a talentless, reality-TV fame whore in sight. Playing to wildly different crowds and demonstrating the wonderful diversity of music are Galavant (above) and Empire. Galavant , which began with back-to-back episodes and continues on Thursday, at 10pm, on FX, wants to wrest the daft-musical crown from the ever-less-popular Glee , with adult takes on medieval fairy tales. Created by the team behind animated musical comedy Tangled - Disney composer Alan Menken ( The Little Mermaid ) and screenwriter Dan Fogelman (who should be shot for having created outrageously awful sitcom The Neighbors ) - Galavant stars Joshua Sasse ( The Neighbors … sigh) as the dashing titular hero who embarks on a quest to win back his former lover from dopey King Richard (Timothy Omundson; Psych ). This is more Robin Hood: Men in Tights than the sex 'n' slaughter orgy of Game of Thrones . Narrated by a singing jester, the slapstick action moves at a frantic pace and the storyline is stuffed full of adult gags and musical montages. It's certainly sharp-witted, in a sugary, Disney kinda way, and the cast, plastered with giant perma-grins, do a fine job of hamming it up. Special sniggering mention goes to Omundson as the evil king and ex-soccer thug Vinnie Jones ( Elementary ), who plays gloriously to type as the brutish sidekick. With more than a nod and a wink to other shows and movies, Galavant is refreshingly honest in its motives and, with upcoming cameos from Ricky Gervais and Hugh " Downton " Bonneville, the whimsical silliness looks set to continue. That said, you have to be in the right mood to enjoy such fluffy naughtiness. Meanwhile, Empire (which continues on Tuesday, at 9.40pm, on Star World) is immersed in the world of hip hop and takes a look at the shadier side of the record business. Creator Lee Daniels ( The Butler ) has enlisted rapper/producer Timbaland as the show's musical director and Terrence Howard ( Iron Man ) to play ex-street thug-turned-music mogul Lucious Lyon. Daniels has said he wanted to make a huge soap opera and this is his "black Dynasty ". The boss of Empire Records, Lyon discovers he is terminally ill and must decide which of his three sons - Andre, the well-educated businessman; bright, talented, openly gay Jamal; or Hakeem, the brash young rapper - will inherit the family business. Yes, this is a very modern-day King Lear and things become even more complicated when Lyon's ex-wife (the wonderfully fierce Taraji P. Henson; Boston Legal ) finishes her 17-year prison stint and returns to take what she is owed and reconnect with her sons. If this is a hip hop Dynasty then Henson is very much the force-of-nature Joan Collins-type star of the show. Strangely, though, for a programme centred on fame, sibling rivalry and an empire born from the criminal underbelly, it only hints at the bite you might expect. The main problem seems to stem from the show's nominal lead; where you would imagine a Tony Soprano or Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson (from Boardwalk Empire ), Lyon comes across as one-dimensional and a bit of a moody bore. The drama and tension will no doubt amp up in the next few weeks, as they do in any decent prime-time soap opera, but, for the moment, Empire is filled with bum notes and lacks the energy inherent in hip hop itself.