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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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‘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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