Preview Next Week’s Episode of Empire (Poor Yorick)


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.
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Empire’s Ratings Slip

Empire Ratings Slip, Fox Unbothered

EMPIRE POOR YORICK EPISODE PICSThough 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.
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Empire Renewed for a Third Season

Renewed: Fox Greenlights a Third Season of Empire

empire renewed for a third seasonWhile 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.
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Apple Music’s Emmy Commercial

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.
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Cookie in a Gorilla Suit and Other Empire S2 Shockers

COOKIE IN A GORILLA SUITEmpire, 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.
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Taraji P. Henson Covers Glamour Magazine

taraji p henson on the cover of glamour magazineGlamour magazine has released three different covers for the month of October. One features Empire actress Taraji P. Henson; while the other two feature Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and Scream Queens actress Emma Roberts.

Empire returns for its sophomore season on September 23, and according to Taraji, her character will have undergone some major changes. “Cookie is no longer a fish out of water this season. She’s got a business to run and you’ll see her take change and really command the respect of those around her.”
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Empire Cast Photo + Season 2 Promo Special

Fox Unveils Season Two Empire Cast Photo

empire cast photo season twoEmpire’s season two cast photo is here. Fox released the image earlier today, as well as a 22-minute promo-reel of what fans can expect when the show returns on September 23.

Fox had previously unveiled individual cast photos for season two, as well as a stunning poster of Lucious (Terence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). Today’s poster, however, features the entire cast, including Ta’Shonda Jones (Porsha) who who was recently bumped up to series regular.
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Covergirls: Beyonce and Taraji P. Henson

Beyonce on the September Cover of Vogue; Taraji Goes Glam for Harper’s Bazzar

BEYONCE INSIDE THE SPTEMBER ISSUE OF VOGUE MAGAZINE - 6Beyonce and actress Taraji P. Henson are both steaming up the September issue of magazines.

Beyonce lands the cover of Vogue, while Taraji graces the inside pages of Harper’s Bazaar.

Taraji’s photoshoot for Bazaar was a stunning homage to 1960s style and was a complete winner.

Beyonce wet dog look for the highly coveted September issue of Vogue, however, was not.
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Empire Season Two Cast Photos

Empire Season Two Cast Photos Unveiled by Fox

empire season two cast photosEmpire season two cast photos are here, and aside from the addition of Ta’Rhonda Jones (Porsha) as a series regular, not much has changed. All the original season one cast members have returned (as if they’d be fool enough to leave 2015’s highest rated new drama) and some are looking better than ever.

In a recent interview the show’s stylist, Rita McGhee, said Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) look gradually became more sophisticated in season one and that the trend would continue in season two.
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Preview Season Two of Fox’s Empire

EMPIRE SEASON TWO TRAILER-1Empire, Fox’s breakout hit of the 2014-15 season, is set to return this fall on September 23 and the network has already got a preview for fans despite the show having only begun taping the new season earlier this month.

The 30-second clip doesn’t feature much but does give a few clues as to what fans can expect in the upcoming season.

We see Cookie visiting Lucious in jail, as well as the Lyon brothers performing at a benefit concert to free their father.
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Cookie and Lucious Empire Posters Unveiled

While Fox’s 2013 breakout drama Sleepy Hollow was busy shooting itself in the foot today with news of yet another woman from Ichabod’s past being added to the show, the network’s 2015 breakout drama Empire was busy doing just the opposite, delighting fans with the release of the official Cookie and Lucious artwork for the upcoming season.
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Taraji P. Henson Lines Up Her Next Big Screen Role

TARAJI P HENSON THE BEST OF ENEMIESDon’t expect Taraji P. Henson to sit around twiddling her thumbs the next time Empire goes on hiatus. Nope, the 44-year old actress has a full plate for the foreseeable future, adding yet another big screen role to her already overflowing itinerary.

According to online reports, Taraji has landed the lead role in film adaptation of The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, a true account of civil rights pioneer Ann Atwater, who for over a decade fought KKK leader C.P. Ellis in an attempt to get schools in North Carolina desegregated.

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Taraji P. Henson Covers Allure Magazine


TARAJI P HENSON ALLURE MAGAZINE COVER-0Actress Taraji P. Henson is covering the latest edition of Allure magazine. The 44-year old Empire star graces the July cover and dishes on everything from her beauty regimen, to why she makes it a point never to date her male co-stars.

According to Taraji, nearly twenty years in the business has prepared her for the success she is now experiencing thanks to her role as broom-wielding matriarch of the Lyon family, Cookie Lyon.

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Cookie & Lucious Cover Emmy Magazine


TARAJI P HENSON AND TERRENCE HOWARD COVER EMMY MAGAZINE6_FotorEmpire stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are covering the latest issue of Emmy magazine. Just as they did last year with Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison from Sleepy Hollow, Fox has submitted the pair for consideration in this year’s Emmy race for Best Male and Female lead in a drama series.

Emmy consideration is nothing new to Taraji who scored a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie back in 2011 for her Lifetime film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. Howard on the other hand says an Emmy nod for anyone affiliated with the show, or the show in general, would be “Icing on the cake of an already amazing television experience.”

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