Set Life: Nia Long on ‘Empire’
Amid reports of diva behavior on the set of Empire, Nia Long’s rep has released a statement calling the rumors “pure nonsense.” As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Nia has been accused in the press of doing everything from showing up late to tapings, to feuding with the show’s leading lady Taraji P. Henson.
Emprire’s Winter Premiere Debuts in March
Fox has just released the trailer for Empire’s winter premiere, and something tells me Camilla (Naomi Campbell) is about to straight up own the second half of the season.
It appears the conniving model’s power play that ripped the Empire out of Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) hands in the mid-season finale, will bring him and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) closer together in the second half.
While her screen time on this season of Empire may have been dramatically slashed, singer-actress Serayah McNeill doesn’t seem to be sweating the snub, as it has apparently given her more time to work on her debut album.
The 19-year old California native has been in the studio since early summer working on new songs, some of which she has uploaded to her official Sound Cloud page, Serayah Love.
While I’m not completely sold on Empire just yet, I admit the show has become something of a guilty pleasure I partake in when bored. Such was the case earlier this evening when I watched a preview of next week’s episode titled Poor Yorick.
I’ve complied a short list of moments that stood out for me, but be warned, they are spoiler heavy. If you’re okay with that, then proceed without caution, because I think you’re gonna like what you see.
Empire Ratings Slip, Fox Unbothered
Though it was still the king of Wednesday night, Empire has suffered its first ratings slip, both in demo and overall viewership.
While the show’s sophomore premiere drew over sixteen million viewers and garnered a whopping 6.7 demo, last night’s episode slid by three million viewers and secured a 5.4 demo. Nothing to sneeze at by any means, but noteworthy because the show’s demo and viewers have risen steadily with almost every episode.
So, Kelly Rowland fans have been hitting me up on social media asking about the singer’s role on season two of Empire, which returns tonight on Fox.
As I previously stated, I have seen the first three episodes of Empire. However, I only saw about 30 minutes of tonight’s episode (The Devis Are Devils), so I am not sure if Kelly appeared in that one or not. The other two episodes, Without a Country and Fires of Heaven, I have seen in full and feature several flashbacks involving the singer’s character.
Empire, Fox’s break-out hit of the 2014-2015 television season, is a show I continue to be on the fence about. While I understand the show’s success, I can’t help but cringe at the way it chooses to shed light on certain social issues. For example: the mass incarceration of black men in this country.
The issue is touched on quite a bit in the beginning of The Devils Are Here, season two’s first episode, which I just watched a preview of. The show kicks off with a Free Lucious Concert, and features rapper Swizz Beatz lamenting what he believes to be the unjust jailing of Lucious, who we all know is actually very much guilty of what he has been jailed for.
Actress Vivica A. Fox is joining the cast of Empire in a recurring role. The Kill Bill actress is the latest high profile celebrity to be added to the show’s ever expanding season two line-up of characters.
Vivica tweeted the news to her followers this morning, but didn’t give many details. We did a bit more digging ourselves however, and discovered Vivica will be playing Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) estranged sister Lynette.