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Vivica A. Fox To Play Cookie's Oldest Sister On New Season Of EMPIRE!

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Great casting new today out of the hit hip-hop sudser, Empire! is reporting that Vivica A. Fox has joined the cast for the second season, and will play Taraji P. Henson’s (Cookie) on-screen older sister! The character will come on to the canvas in search of her younger sis for reasons that are unknown.  

Empire EP Ilene Chaiken noted on the arrival of Vivica A. Fox, “We’ve already met Cookie’s sister Carol (Tasha Smith), but Cookie’s other family members are troublesome to say the least.”

Look for Vivica to make her on-screen debut in her new TV role around the 8th episode of the new season. Empire returns on Wednesday night September 23rd at 9PMET.

As previously noted, Empire creator Lee Daniels has already expressed an interest in a spin-off about Cookie’s family.  Could this be a test run for that featuring the oh-so-talented Vivica A. Fox?  Stay tuned.

Daytime soap fans remember Fox from her roles on Generations, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and so many primetime and motion picture roles including: Kill Bill.

Do you think the casting of Vivica as Taraji’s older on-screen sister is brilliant casting? Looking forward to seeing Viv on Empire?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Mo

    September 10, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Love Vivica. She was great on Celebrity Apprentice.

    What role did she play on Days?

  2. Patrick

    September 10, 2015 at 11:03 am

    YES! YES! YES!

    I have always loved “Vivica A. Fox” just saying her name is all that grand , on fire!

  3. su0000

    September 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I am totally against a spin-off about Cookie’s family. (cheesie)
    That takes away from Empire, it just is not right.

    NO SPIN OFF !!

    • davlestev1

      September 11, 2015 at 1:46 am

      AMEN…so NOT the drama…two seasons in and you already wanna start spinning off..Hanna/Barbera didn’t spin the gruesomes off the Flintstones..Barney and Betty didn’t get their own show..ALL YOKO COULD DO WAS PLAY THE BANJO…leave it alone you ego maniac and make this keep working…

      • Patrick

        September 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        well said:

        “…leave it alone you ego maniac and make this keep working ”

        do not…. do not ruin a good thing

  4. SZima

    September 11, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Why is it that when a show becomes very popular, the powers that be immediately think “Spin Off?” Just stick with the original show and keep making that one better.

    They’ve done some great new casting, but I don’t want to see the new characters spun into another show!

    However, I’m now thinking that some of these new actors were promised said “new show” and that’s why they’ve signed 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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