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EMPIRE Shocker: Jamal Is Shot! Jussie Smollett Tweets: "I've Thoroughly Enjoyed My Time w/ Empire. I Love You All. Truth. Time 2 Make A Record & Some Movies!"



On Wednesday’s night’s penultimate episode of Fox’s hit sudser Empire, the final two minutes had fans talking and tweeting up a storm last night and into Thursday.

That’s because after a confrontation with his father, Lucious (Terrence Howard), where the head Lyon goes as far to say to his son Jamal (Jussie Smollett):  “You ain’t nothing to me, but a disappointment, and the day you die from AIDS, I’m going to celebrate,” all hell breaks loose.  And it is Jamal who ends up taking a bullet meant for his father.

It all goes down at the American Sound Awards (ASA) where Frida Gatz (Bre-Z) finally learns that it was Lucious who was responsible for her father’s death.  As she grabs a gun and approaches him, Jamal intercedes, and takes the bullet instead and is left bleeding on the red carpet.  The episode ends with Jamal being rushed to the hospital and we don’t know if he will survive, or die.

However then on Thursday, Empire  favorite Jussie Smollett took to his Twitter account with these words: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX. I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies.”  That left fans wondering if this is his announcement of his departure from the series.

Now people are buzzing and trying to decipher if this is a PR move for tune-in to next week’s season finale of the series, or if Smollett has truly wrapped up his run.  The show did well in the ratings last night as well adding 400,000 viewers for the dramatic episode.   However, Entertainment Weekly is saying that the star remains under contract for the third season and will return, although they say they have not received a comment from a rep for Smollett or Fox.

During the airing of Empire, Smollett also tweeted: “This is why we must watch how we treat people. We never know how long they have. Just in the blink of an eye. Gone. #empire”

Watch the final moments of  Wednesday’s  broadcast of Empire below, and a preview for the season finale on May 18th.  Then weigh in:  Do you think Jamal will die?  What did you think of the twist? Will you be devastated if Jussie has left the show? Comment below!

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Of course he’s not going to die. And if they wanted to play the will he-won’t he game, they shouldnt have shown marriage scenes for next week’s episode. Love Jamal. He’s my favorite character.


hi Rebecca..
I like Hakeem’s style/singing better than Jamal’s..
Anyways it is the season’s ending cliff hanger, s0-
I know- next season, will be seeing both Hakeem and Jamal..

WOW! what great season close! Now that is drama with a capital D ..

((The brothers will always be, they the stars and both needed – they are Lyon’s family..))


Hi Su…I like Hakeem’s music too. He’s got the whole sexy, funky rap goin’ on. But I kinda crush on Jamal… 😉


Maybe Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is off for awhile while recovering etc and will return later on when he has recovered..
in the meantime; ”’ Time 2 make a record & some movies.“’ for him ..


I have a feeling the vows exchanged will include non-other than
Lucious & Cookie….. Jamal will be fine, bringing the family together
for now…..#brothersstrongbond

Tomas Torquemada

The first ten episodes this year were painfully bad. Luscious was behind bars for what, thirty minutes? Tomei’s character didn’t belong. And the compactness of the family conflict is the power to the motor… there was a lack of compactness those first episodes.

But it found it’s legs and it’s been on a roll again. I hope we don’t lose Boo Boo Kitty. Her character development was lacking coherence.

Cookie Forever! Not since Alexis Colby….


I LOVE Marissa Tomei but I HATED her role! First time I’ve not liked her, I guess it’s a testament to her acting but she was just so severe in look and manner…just didnt enjoy anything about it, including Naomi Campbell’s return.

I liked BooBoo til she went craycray. I want her to pay for pushing Rhonda down the stairs!


She better pay


EMPIRE Season Four Finale: A Wedding, Two Deaths … Maybe More!

On the season four finale of Empire, two deaths, maybe another, and a marriage, highlighted the twists and turns of the Fox hip-hop music soap opera.

First, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) long time rival, Boo Boo Kitty aka Anika, played by Grace Gealey, took one of the more horrific signature tumbles that Empire is known for.  Payback is definitely a bitch!


Andre (Trai Byers) spiked Anika’s champagne before her press conference when she announces she has taken over as CEO of “Empire.”  While she is making her speech, she starts seeing visions of Rhonda, featuring Kaitlin Doubleday reprising her role. As she is speaking to the press, Anika is having hallucinations of Rhonda and her delusions reach epic proportions.  Then, we watch Anika smash through glass and fall several floors below to her death. According to showrunner EP Greg Mahoney, Anika is truly dead.

But also, at the top of the hour, recovering junkie Tori, played by Rumer Willis, was rushed to the hospital.  This was following an emotional confrontation with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). He visits her in the rehab center where she realizes she’s still got deep addiction issues.  After, they have a talk, she tells him to watch out for himself, and that the Lyon family will bring him down, and he needs to find his own path in life. Later, Jamal comes back to see her, only to find out that she has suffered complications from a grand mal seizure, and has died.  This prompts Jamal to go on a self-journey, and leave the Lyon’s nest for now.

Meanwhile, at the end of the episode, Cookie and Lucious (Terrence Howard), finally, finally after all the bickering … all the backstabbing … all the health issues … all the betrayals … went down to city hall to get re-married.  This was a long time coming. It was a simple ceremony, but as with any Empire season finale, there was a major juxtaposition going on adjacent to the main scene, and this was also the case for season four’s final moments.

While Cookie and Lucious were getting married, the camera cuts to Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and his baby mama Tiana (Serayah McNeill) getting ready to travel in a car along with white rapper Blake in tow, only to see that Blake’s racist father comes out of nowhere and attempts to assassinate Hakeem!  We don’t know if anyone was struck … we don’t know if anybody died … we fade to black.

On the business end of things, Eddie, played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, won the “Empire” auction.  He has forced the Lyon family to start from scratch as they no longer have the business that they spent years putting their blood, sweat, and tears into.


When TV Line asked showrunner Brett Mahoney about the shooting at the end of the episode and if it will lead to a third death, he said, “I won’t say.  I will say that things won’t be the same between the four people that were involved in that.” Mahoney added that the early part of season five will focus on the Lyon family building a new empire.  He teased, “Yes.  But I think it’s going to be a much more difficult process than Cookie thinks it’s going to be.  And it’ll tear at the relationship between Cookie and Lucious and the boys, in terms of trying to achieve that goal.”


So, what did you think about the season four finale of Empire?  What did you think about who died?  What did you think about Cookie and Lucious tying the knot?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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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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