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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
Mo

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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
davlestev1

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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
Jake NJ

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

Jeremy
Jeremy

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

Phil Brooks
Phil Brooks

Cookie steals the show!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

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

Jeremy
Jeremy

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

su0000
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
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
davlestev1

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

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TEEN CHOICE AWARDS: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Empire’ & Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Jussie Smollett Score Nods

On Wednesday, the nominees for those ‘way cool’ surfboard trophies at the upcoming 2018 Teen Choice Awards were revealed.  The ceremony will air live on FOX on Sunday August 12th at 8/7c live from Los Angeles.

The awards voted on by fans for their favorites in television, movies and music kicked off the determination of the winners today. Fans have the chance to vote up to ten times a day on each platform: Twitter and at TeenChoice.com up until June 19.  For Twitter, viewers can tweet a category hashtag along with the nominee’s name for the vote to be counted.

In the television categories, Riverdale and the just cancelled Shadowhunters led the nominations. but a few of your favorite primetime soapy dramas also came away with nominations in the major categories … This Is Us, and Empire.  In addition, Sterling K. Brown (Randall) and Chrissy Metz (Kate) scored acting nominations for This Is Us, while Jussie Smollett (Jamal) received an acting nod for Empire.

Check out these main TV drama categories below and remember to vote.

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
Empire
Famous in Love
Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett — Empire
K.J. Apa — Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Bella Thorne — Famous in Love
Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Chrissy Metz — This Is Us
Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Maia Mitchell — The Fosters
Ryan Destiny — Star

So, which show from the nominees do you think the voters will chose for Choice Drama TV Show, Actor and Actress?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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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!

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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.

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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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