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Empire Season Three Teaser From EP Ilene Chaiken: "Lucious and Cookie Have An Unexpected Adversary"

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When the season three premiere of Empire goes down this Wednesday at (9PMET/8PMCT) on Fox, viewers will learn if Anika or Rhonda plummeted to their death! But the fallout is only one major plotpoint fans of the sudsy series can look forward to.

Chief among a key throughline in the new season: “Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) have an unexpected adversary”, revealed Empire EP Ilene Chaiken to TV Line.  “You should look for it right away, but you won’t see (the adversarial nature) ’til much later. But again, you should be looking for it all along. ”

Meanwhile, Cookie will be in story with the incoming Taye Diggs, who will play a potential new love interest for her. “It’s a Pygmalion story that’s unique to Cookie, ” Chaiken teased.  “We wanted to see and tell a story for Cookie that we’ve never told before. And if you think about Cookie in Season 1 and all she faced, we wanted an arc that was just as big, that talked about facing new challenges.”

As for another major series character, Jamal as played by Jussie Smollett, seems his road to recovery after taking a bullet meant for Lucious last season still will plaque hm.  Chaiken related: “We wanted to talk about the meaning of that incident in Jamal’s life and in the world, and look at the process of coming back from that. It’s going to be a long and harrowing journey, and it’s going to be a journey that brings him into an even sharper reckoning with his family and Lucious’ own darkness.”

So, who do you think is Cookie and Lucious’ unexpected adversary who will reveal themselves at some point this season?  Who is going to die in the season opener, Rhonda or Anika … or do you think somehow they are both alive?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. James R. Poissant

    September 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Can’t wait for the new season to begin—I do love this show!!!

    • su0000

      September 19, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      I’m ready !!!!

  2. Omar

    September 20, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I will continue to watch for a few episodes and if it continues the way it was last season, I will stop!! This show went from being a well written exciting show in season 1, to a poor written mess of a show with boring storylines.

  3. Rebecca1

    September 23, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I hate myself for watching because it glorifies thug life. And GH fans complain about Sonny and Julian? This show celebrates the “ghetto” and how people from there gained their fortune…by violence…shootings, killings…constant threats. We see it in real life when rappers kill other rappers. And then last night’s episode including Mike Brown as one of the fallen…he was a criminal who attacked a police officer…he played, he paid. While the acting is great, the singers too…it’s very closely modeled after real life in the gangster/rap world. And millions of fans of the show probably think that’s cool….

    I also don’t like, also one of my complaints on GH, that death and loss are barely expressed. Rhonda died and no one blinked an eye except Andre. Okay, the others blinked. And the band played on.

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EMPIRE Renewed For Season 5!

The Lyon family drama lives on!  News today from Michael Thorn, entertainment president for Fox Broadcasting, confirmed that Empire has been officially renewed for its fifth season!

With only four episodes left in its fourth season, and the Upfronts in New York in just a few weeks previewing the  2018-2019 season for advertisers, this was the perfect time to reveal the pick-up for the sudsy musical drama series.

In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

Although the once huge Wednesday juggernaut has slid significantly in the ratings in 14 episodes this season, the show is averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.8 million total viewers — down 31% and 24%, respectively from last season, the series is the network’s second most watched in multi-platform viewing, averaging 11.3 million viewers.

There was no confirmation of how many episodes will be ordered for the fifth season of Empire, but it is says to be most likely 18. (more…)

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Sneak Peek: Alfre Woodard’s Debut as Cookie’s Mom on Empire!

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When the casting news broke that award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard was cast as Taraji P. Henson’s mom on Empire, fans of the series could not wait to see what would go down when Cookie was reunited with her momma!

Now that Empire is back on FOX for its back half of its fourth season, the series put out a teaser video of Woodard’s entrance into the storyline.

In the sneak peek video, Woodard plays Renee Holloway who is trying to reconnect with her daughter after many years.

Can this mother and daughter come to a resolution and move forward in their relationship, or does Renee have alterior motives when it comes to getting her hands on some of the money from the musical empire?

Watch Alfre on Empire after the jump.  Then ket us know, what do you think of the casting of Alfre as Taraji’s on-screen mom? Comment below. (more…)

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OSCARS 2018: Empire’s Taraji P. Henson Clarifies She Was Not Dissing Ryan Seacrest On The Red Carpet!

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When Empire star, Taraji P. Henson (Cookie) took to the 90th Oscars Red Carpet on Sunday, and chatted with E’s Ryan Seacrest, the Twitterverse assumed she had dissed him during their on-camera conversation given the allegations that surfaced from his ex-stylist claiming he subjected her to “years of unwanted sexual aggression.”

E! previously announced that after an independent investigator was hired to look into her claims that they found “insufficient evidence” of any wrongdoing by Seacrest.  The usual Oscars red carpet coverage by Seacrest seemed to be hindered where he was only able to chat with over a dozen people.

When Henson talked with Seacrest she touched him under his chin and said, “You know what? The universe has a way of taking care of the good people. You know what I mean?””  Later Henson clarified that she was actually telling Ryan to keep his chin up when she spoke with PEOPLE.

Taraji revealed she “absolutely” supports Seacrest, adding the touch on the chin was done because: “I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared, but anyone can say anything.”  There was more to the Seacrest and Henson exchange that people didn’t initially see, which ended in a hug.

Adding fuel to the original diss was following her conversation with Seacrest, Henson told ABC’ s Wendi McLendon-Covey, “I’m great now that I’m in your company,”  (more…)

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