‘Empire’ Prequel to Star Cookie Lyon
According to Empire creator, Lee Daniels, a spin-off of the popular Fox series surrounding the character of Cookie Lyons, is officially a go. “I can officially say that we will be having a spin-off,” Lee told reporters at this week’s TCA press tour. “We’re finally figuring it out. We just really had to build the foundation of Empire, so we then try to figure out what the B-chorus is- but it finally looks like it’s going to happen.”
Taraji P. Henson Lines Up Next Film Role
Actress Taraji P. Henson is determined to conquer both the big and small screen. The Empire star will be returning to her hit Fox series for a fourth season in September, as well as starring in the upcoming Screen Gems film Proud Mary. Via Deadline, Taraji will play a hit woman who is moved to pop a cap in the ass of anyone who threatens the life of a young boy who comes into her care.
Taraji P. Henson to Appear on ‘The Simpsons’
Actress Taraji P. Henson is set to lend her voice to an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. The one hour special titled The Great Phatsby, will revolve around Mr. Burns as he tries to relive his glory days as a performer. Taraji will voice the character of Praline, the ex-wife of a bigtime music mogul who once double-crossed Burns.
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.
Renewed: Fox Greenlights a Third Season of Empire
While I was not a fan of Empire’s season two premiere The Devils are Here, it appears many of you were. Via press release, Fox announced the episode’s stellar ratings, which topped the 16-million mark, and secured a mind-boggling 6.7 in the advertiser coveted 18-49 age group.
Fox was of course pleased with those numbers, and have quietly (for now) renewed the show for a third season. The network launched a brilliant Twitter campaign which resulted in over two million tweets being sent out before the show even aired. Nielsen attributes much of Empire’s continued growth to its powerful presence on social media, particularly Twitter where the show has a very active following.
Though obviously not nominated, Apple Music was by far one of the biggest winners at last night’s 67th Annual Emmy Awards.
The world’s largest music purveyors weren’t on hand, but still managed to steal a good portion of the show’s glory with a commercial that featured two nominees and the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.
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.