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EMPIRE and GOTHAM Get Second Season Renewals From FOX!

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The sudsy hip-hop drama Empire starring Terrence Howard and Taraji B. Henson got a very early second season pick-up after its fantastic rating performance in the first two weeks of broadcasts on FOX!

Fox Television Group’s co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced today a the TCA Winter Press Tour that the series is getting a second season pick-up very early based on its ratings and quality.  The series averaged a a 5.3 rating by Nielsen, and has become the number one new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two.  Never underestimate the power of soap storytelling!

Meanwhile, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the CEO of, Fox Television Group also announced that Gotham, based on a concept from DC Comics, starring former O.C. star Ben McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon, a young cop on the rise who navigates through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and that also chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time … Batman! As previously announced, Rob Gorrie (Ex-Matthew, OLTL) is set to appear in an all-new episode  this on Monday as Dick Grayson, the Boy Wonder’s father!  Gotham has also performed extraordinarily well in key demo of 18-49. The series is averaging a 4.2 rating  and 10.6 million viewers.  It is this season’s number one broadcast drama overall in key male demos as well!

So excited to hear Empire and Gotham will continue on? Comment below!

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su0000

Of they are..
they are both blockbusters!
I had do doubt whatsoever that would not be renewed!
I don’t know which one I like the best; it is a draw!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Dana Walden probably didn’t want to ghetto slapped by COOKIE…LOL

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

SO true! Can you imagine having to tell Taraji Henson & Terence Howard to their faces that you’ve decided to cancel their show? I love both of these shows.

vinman
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vinman

WORK IT COOKIE!:)

Jeremy
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Jeremy

she rocks it! I love this show. it’s just THAT good.

su0000
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su0000

FOX IS ROKIN !
It is going to bring back the X Files …. WHOOPIE!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I googled it…you’re right…that should be interesting

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‘Empire’s’ Diamond White Lands Contract Role on The Bold and the Beautiful

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful to add to their cast with news on Thursday that Diamond White (previously see on Empire as Lala) will take on the role of Zoe’s (Kiara Barnes)sister, Paris Buckingham on the CBS daytime drama.

Paris and Zoe are the daughters of crime-ridden Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) who was sent to the slammer for his baby-switch plot involving baby Beth and his gambling debts.

White will begin taping her new role tomorrow on Friday, and will first are on the November 2nd episode of B&B.  Deadline first reported the news.

Besides her role on Empire, Diamond has had a recurring role on Netflix’s Dear White People, as well as a guest art on ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and more,

Looks like the Buckingham sisters might have their eyes set on Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) , the incoming Zende (Delon de Metz) and who knows who else on the canvas!

So, what do you think about a new Buckingham in the mix on B&B? Comment below.

 

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Taraji P. Henson Developing Cookie Lyon ‘Empire’ Spinoff With New First-Look Deal Via 20th Century Fox

Looks like more ‘Cookie’ is on the way, if this long bantered about Empire spinoff takes place.  But, news today via Deadline makes the whole thing look more promising! Series star, Taraji P. Henson has signed a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox where she would star and be one of the EP’s of the new show.

The show would be written by Empire EP Danny Strong with Stacy A. Littlejohn and Yolonda Lawrence, and Empire director Sanaa Hamri to take those reins again behind the camera.

Henson said in a statement on the deal: “I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace.  Art can change perception and I plan to develop projects that can help further the conversation.  I also aim to help cultivate and establish new young talent and their stories because they are our future and deserve a voice and a platform to be heard. I’m so excited to have 20th, led by the talented Carolyn Cassidy, support me in this new endeavor!”

20th Century Fox TV president Carolyn Cassidy shared on Thursday: “We were lucky to have a front row seat to Taraji’s meteoric rise as a fixture on television through Empire.  Through that relationship everyone at the company grew to appreciate her passion for storytelling and her strong creative gut instinct. With Empire finished we look forward to helping her explore stories that need to be told through her talent and advocacy.”

Empire ended its sixth and final season a bit shorter than expected due to COVID-19 shutting down production, but now Henson has a way forward to tell us more of Cookie’s story.  This would just be one of the projects Henson would have under this deal with 20th Century Fox.

So, would you like to see more Cookie Lyon in a spinoff of Empire? Comment below.

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‘Empire’ star Bryshere Gray Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges After Allegedly Assaulting Wife

More legal trouble for the Lyon children of Fox’s former show Empire.   Now comes word that Bryshere Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon, was arrested near Phoenix on Monday after his wife told authorities he had assaulted her for hours and preceded to choke her unconscious at their home in Goodyear, Arizona on Sunday night.

Police arrested Gray early Monday outside his home, and related that the actor initially refused to come out of the house, so a SWAT team was employed and crisis negotiations experts were called on to the scene.

Gray was later taken into custody and booked at the infamous Maricopa Country Jail on charges of domestic violence.

As to the events that precipitated Bryshere’s arrest: initially police responded to a 911 call Sunday night, where the caller said that an adult female allegedly told him that she has been assaulted multiple times by her husband inside their home.  She then names herself as Bryshere Gray’s wife and Gray as the suspect.

Later via a press release, police said the woman had flagged down a bystander at a local gas station and told the driver that she had been assaulted for several hours. Police said she clearly was injured and told them her husband had choked her to the point where she lost consciousness. The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital and later released.

Gray appeared in all six seasons of Empire and landed BET,  NAACP Image and Teen Choice awards during his run.

Check out the mug shot below of Gray’s arrest via a tweet put out by the Goodyear Police Department below.  TMZ first reported the news.

So, what do you think of the domestic violence charges against Gray? Comment below.

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