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2016 Critics Choice Award Nominations: Jonathan Jackson, Judith Light, Hayden Panettiere & Taraji P. Henson Land Nods!



Nominations were announced Monday morning for the 21st annual Critics Choice Awards, as voted on by the Broadcast Film, and Television Journalists Association, who after having their awards seperately since 2010, have combined the presentation and ceremony into one show that will air on January 17th on A&E (and simultaneously on Lifetime and LMN) hosted by Silicon Valley’s  T. J. Miller.

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According to Variety: “Previously, TV awards were handed out in June. Because of the new combined format, only television shows airing primarily within the seven months from June 1 to Dec. 31 were eligible for nomination.  The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. consists of nearly 300 reviewers from TV, radio and online. The Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. was begun a few years ago as an offshoot, with its first TV ceremony held in June 2011. There are about 100 voters. In the new configuration, movie critics will vote on the film awards, while TV reviewers will vote on TV.”


And in the TV categories some very soap famous notabes have made the cut and will vye for the award come January.  Former General Hospital star and Five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, now Avery) along with his on-screen love interest played by former Guiding Light and OLTL star Hayden Panettiere (Juliette), both scored nominations for their work on Nashville! Jackson will compete in the Supporting Actor category in a Drama Series, while Panettiere will compete in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Former One Life to Live star and two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winner, Judith Light (Ex-Karen Wolek), who was also recognized with a nomination last week for the Golden Globes for Transparent, also scored a nod for the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the critically-acclaimed Amazon Prime series.


Fox’s sudsy Empire also was recognized in a few categories.  In the acting field, it was once again Taraji P. Henson’s turn as Cookie Lyon that scored her a nod in the Lead Actress in a Drama category, while the series is competiting in the Best TV Drama category.

The Young and the Restless budding starlet, Alyvia Alyn Lind  (Faith Newman) also landed a nomination for her star turn as a young Dolly Parton in the motion picture made for TV, Coat of Many Colors.  Lind is up in the Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited series Category.  While there are other TV category genres honored by the critics associations; such as reality programming and talk show, daytime dramas are not represented.   Check out the entire nominations here!

Are you excited to learn that Jonathan, Judith, Hayden, Taraji, and Alyvia received nominations today? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jonathan Jackson delivers every time the camera comes on, he learned his craft at the foot of two legends.

Amen, Pat! He is one fo the key elements of NASHVILLE that make it work. And I loved how he has carried Avery’s arc from the bad-boy, self-serving rocker to a genuine caring man. He is amazing!

I totally agree, he started out at 10 years old acting long side of Tony Geary and Genie Francis, Wow, can’t get any more training then that. He is so talented, I am a loyal fan of Nashville because I love, love, love his role opposite Hayden Panetiere. they are awesome together and I only hope that they are reunited as lovers on the show. Can’t see either of them with anyone else. If that happens will stop watching :).



Taraji P. Henson Says She Fired Her Entire Team After They Failed to Capitalize on Her Success as ‘Empire’s’ Cookie Lyon

When Fox’s hit primetime soap opera, Empire, hit the air it became a smash hit, especially due to its lead female character, Cookie Lyon, as played by Taraji P. Henson.

The actress played Cookie for all she was worth and the some becoming one of the more original soap and television characters. After all, Cookie went to jail for 17 years before being released, and was the wife of former drug dealer, now music mogul, Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard.

Now, Taraji revealed all was not kosher behind the scenes during a sit-down interview for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation (see below). It was there, she revealed that she had to fire her entire PR team and more, because of how they failed to capitalize on her rousing success at the time as Cookie.

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The moment came about during the Q&A Henson was asked what was the best business decision she ever made.  She swiftly answered: “Firing everybody after Cookie,” adding, “Everybody had to f**ing’ go. Where is my deal? Where’s my commercial? Cookie was at the top of the fashion game. Where is my endorsement? What did you have set up for after this? That’s why you all haven’t seen me in so long. They had nothing set up.”

Empire fans recall that a ‘Cookie’ prequel had been in the works to continue the character after the series was canceled after six seasons, but nothing happened. At the time reports shared, Danny Strong, co-creator of the Empire was said to be co-writing the series, and it would come through Henson’s new production banner.

Taraji explained what went down behind the scenes: “All they wanted was another Cookie show, and I said, ‘I’ll do it, but it has to be right. The people deserve, she’s to beloved for y’all to f**k it up.’ And so, when they didn’t get it right, I was like, ‘Well, that’s it,’ and they had nothing else. ‘You’re all f**ng fired.”

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Henson added that she felt like she had Stockholm Syndrome from the entire situation, which is defines as a syndrome ‘where hostages sometimes develop a psychological bond with their captors.’ (Think Kevin, Y&R!) The moral of Henson’s story was to make sure the people you pay and who work for you, understand that you are the talent and nothing happens without you including them collecting a paycheck off you.

Henson can currently be seen in the musical version of The Color People in movie theatres everywhere.

Check out her emotional and enlightening conversation with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation below.

Now let us know, do you think Cookie Lyon was one of the best TV characters and should have either been spun off into her own show, or Henson should have appeared in more commercial and endorsement deals given the popularity of the character? Weigh-in via the comment section.

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.


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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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