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Empire Season Three Teaser From EP Ilene Chaiken: "Lucious and Cookie Have An Unexpected Adversary"

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When the season three premiere of Empire goes down this Wednesday at (9PMET/8PMCT) on Fox, viewers will learn if Anika or Rhonda plummeted to their death! But the fallout is only one major plotpoint fans of the sudsy series can look forward to.

Chief among a key throughline in the new season: “Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) have an unexpected adversary”, revealed Empire EP Ilene Chaiken to TV Line.  “You should look for it right away, but you won’t see (the adversarial nature) ’til much later. But again, you should be looking for it all along. ”

Meanwhile, Cookie will be in story with the incoming Taye Diggs, who will play a potential new love interest for her. “It’s a Pygmalion story that’s unique to Cookie, ” Chaiken teased.  “We wanted to see and tell a story for Cookie that we’ve never told before. And if you think about Cookie in Season 1 and all she faced, we wanted an arc that was just as big, that talked about facing new challenges.”

As for another major series character, Jamal as played by Jussie Smollett, seems his road to recovery after taking a bullet meant for Lucious last season still will plaque hm.  Chaiken related: “We wanted to talk about the meaning of that incident in Jamal’s life and in the world, and look at the process of coming back from that. It’s going to be a long and harrowing journey, and it’s going to be a journey that brings him into an even sharper reckoning with his family and Lucious’ own darkness.”

So, who do you think is Cookie and Lucious’ unexpected adversary who will reveal themselves at some point this season?  Who is going to die in the season opener, Rhonda or Anika … or do you think somehow they are both alive?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Can’t wait for the new season to begin—I do love this show!!!

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I’m ready !!!!

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I will continue to watch for a few episodes and if it continues the way it was last season, I will stop!! This show went from being a well written exciting show in season 1, to a poor written mess of a show with boring storylines.

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I hate myself for watching because it glorifies thug life. And GH fans complain about Sonny and Julian? This show celebrates the “ghetto” and how people from there gained their fortune…by violence…shootings, killings…constant threats. We see it in real life when rappers kill other rappers. And then last night’s episode including Mike Brown as one of the fallen…he was a criminal who attacked a police officer…he played, he paid. While the acting is great, the singers too…it’s very closely modeled after real life in the gangster/rap world. And millions of fans of the show probably think that’s cool…. I also… Read more »

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‘Empire’ Favorite Taraji P. Henson to Host the American Music Awards

She played the fierce head of record label and music empire on TV, and now she is about to take on the hosting duties at one of music’s most popular nights of the year, when she hosts ABC’s American Music Awards.   News today has former Empire on Fox star, Taraji P. Henson (Ex-Cookie Lyon) taking on the key role in keeping the night moving and the music coming for music fans around the world.

The 2020 AMAs will air live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:00 PM ET/PT.   In a statement on her latest gig, Henson expressed: “The AMAs brings together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists – the fans,  I’m proud to take the stage as this year’s host – and also a fan – for what promises to be an electrifying night of music.”

And coming up the motion picture and television actress will put a spotlight on  mental wellness in a new talk show for Facebook Watch.  In addition, she is also currently developing an Empire spinoff with her production company.

Broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this year’s AMA nominees include The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch, both with eight nominations, leading the pack of this year’s nominees.  Voting for the AMA’s continues and you can a vote in all categories here.

So, it seems to us that Taraji will be a great host for the AMA’s! What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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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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