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EMPIRE Season Opener Scores FOX Best Series Premiere In Three Years!

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Never underestimate the power of a good soap opera, right? Well, here is another! Last night, the highly touted new soap in the hip hop world, Empire scored some very impressive numbers!

According to TV Line, “The series premiere on Wednesday night brought in 9.8 million total viewers and a 3.7 demo rating. That marks the network’s highest-rated series launch in three years (since Touch), and broadcast TV’s No. 2 debut of the season (trailing ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder).”  At the epicenter of this “Dynasty-esque” drama is the talents of Terrence Howard and Taraji B. Hensen as Lucious and Cookie! And how about those one-liners of Cookie’s?

In story as viewers learned, Lucious has ALS and wants to decide which of his three sons in man enough to run the company when he is gone! Meanwhile, Cookie just got out of the slammer after 16 years and wanted what was rightfully hers, half of the music business empire!  And even at the end of the first episode there was a death when Lucious proved he will kill to protect what is his!

So did you check out Empire?  If so, what was you favorite part? Will Empire become the next hottest enduring primetime soap opera? Comment below!

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Mo
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Mo

It also had AI as the lead-in, which I’m sure helped.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was kind of interesting…and well made…some over acting moments which seemed forced…looks like a hit!!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Overacting? No my friend pure soapy melodramatic camp at its best.. I LOVED IT!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe overacting here and there but more towards camp(Dynasty -style like you say but i liked it too and see it as a hit…im going to watch every Wed if i can!!!

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

I thought it was great! Terrance and Tarji were awesome!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

definitely. I just watched the pilot. I loved it, loved them!
now I gotta binge watch the other episodes. So good!

Phil Brooks
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Phil Brooks

Cookie steals the show!

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

I agree…she will be a force to be reckoned with

Jeremy
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Jeremy

for sure. I loved seeing Gabby Sidibe in the episode, too! great cast!

su0000
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su0000

Media has greatly changed during the past decade as to what the public likes/wants to view..
Empire is an example of ‘change’..
It will be a blockbuster, a must see..

goes to show why the soaps struggle to get ‘new’ viewers because they are still in the 80’s the 20th century media production lol .. and we love them !!! 🙂

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I agree su0000…Dallas had to retain it’s 90’s soul (purely from a long lasting formula viewpoint) to do as well as it did…and it was full of holes…full of camp…and like Empire makes me think of one of my favorite lingos…”Once upon a time there was an engineer..choo choo charlie was his name we hear…CHARLIE SAYS…Love my GOOD N PLENTY…CHARLIE SAYS…HELPS TO RING THE BELL….love the nod to what makes a primetime soap PRIME TIME!!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Let’s say 80’s soul that propelled it to the 90’s…either way…LOL

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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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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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