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Fox Gives EMPIRE Higher Episode Count For Season Two! Will Have Split Season!

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The hottest show of the last television season, Empire, is returning for season two with a higher episode count that before! Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed the news before his network Upfront presentation on Monday.  Newman is boosting Empire’s episode to 18 episodes, as opposed to the 12 episodes in its record-setting initial run.

In addition, the network plans for Empire to have a split season with a mid-season cliffhanger!

As for what to expect in the second season, Fox CEO Dana Walden told reporters: “We’ve also got amazing guest stars that have lined up to be on the show that will help us not only bring back an audience that fell in love with the show, but help expand it as well.”   Walden notes that hit singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is now set to write original music for the hip-hop sudser this season!

Empire will also retain its Wednesday (9PMET) time slot: “We’d be crazy to move it,” Gary Newman said. “We want to thank and reward our fans by keeping it in that time period… The stories we’ve heard already for season 2 will blow away the audience.”

So excited to hear of a bigger order of Empire for season two? What do you think about the split season? Comment below!

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Wish other shows would follow suit.

And yes, I am talking about you, “The Walking Dead” and especially, “Game of Thrones” (10 episodes out of 52 weeks a year will never be acceptable)

To think. Back in the day, “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” “Falcon Crest,” etc. gave us 26-32 episodes every single year for 10 to 14 years.

hopefully greedy network executives don’t kill this show. it should have stayed at 12
episodes. too many eppys dilute it. see what happened to sleep hollow. they said it wouldn’t go past 13 like its first season but they stretched it to 18 in the second and the ratings plunged.

That’s great news. As much as I adore and love EMPIRE. 12 episodes wasn’t cutting it, I wanted more, I’m sure other fans out there wanted more, too. So grateful that we’ll be give 18 episodes in Season 2, it’s a testament to the rise of Empire, the following, the brilliantly talented cast and guest stars. I can’t wait to see where the show picks up. Love the idea of a ‘Winter Finale’ type of mid-season cliffhanger. Good move FOX/EMPIRE. Looking forward to the return!

nice, prop

I still have all twelve eps on my dvr

I will get to them

my heart leaps for Taraji and Terence + full CAST

aplomb

standing “o” for color

I was slow to watch this show. They were on my pvr, but when i did start, i could not stop and binged the whole first season ! I think it’s one of the best show on right now.

My only hope is that the extended season does not kill the buzz the smaller season had; I feel like Empire doesn’t need 18 episodes to have a brilliant season. We can see how a smaller amount of episodes worked out in its favour.

The traditional television season the ran from Sept to May uninterrupted then followed by summer repeats has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But most major networks like to pretend it is business as usual, so they pad their season with a lot filler and special events and invented the split season to give the illusion our favorite shows last all season. In reality split seasons were invented mainly for networks to take advantage of sweeps, by making sure their high rated shows are airing during them, but without having to ordering more episodes in order to do it. Eventually the network model of television will be gone and the Netflix model will replace it, and when that happens viewers can watch what they want when they want it–

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Taraji P. Henson Says She Fired Her Entire Team After They Failed to Capitalize on Her Success as ‘Empire’s’ Cookie Lyon

When Fox’s hit primetime soap opera, Empire, hit the air it became a smash hit, especially due to its lead female character, Cookie Lyon, as played by Taraji P. Henson.

The actress played Cookie for all she was worth and the some becoming one of the more original soap and television characters. After all, Cookie went to jail for 17 years before being released, and was the wife of former drug dealer, now music mogul, Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard.

Now, Taraji revealed all was not kosher behind the scenes during a sit-down interview for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation (see below). It was there, she revealed that she had to fire her entire PR team and more, because of how they failed to capitalize on her rousing success at the time as Cookie.

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The moment came about during the Q&A Henson was asked what was the best business decision she ever made.  She swiftly answered: “Firing everybody after Cookie,” adding, “Everybody had to f**ing’ go. Where is my deal? Where’s my commercial? Cookie was at the top of the fashion game. Where is my endorsement? What did you have set up for after this? That’s why you all haven’t seen me in so long. They had nothing set up.”

Empire fans recall that a ‘Cookie’ prequel had been in the works to continue the character after the series was canceled after six seasons, but nothing happened. At the time reports shared, Danny Strong, co-creator of the Empire was said to be co-writing the series, and it would come through Henson’s new production banner.

Taraji explained what went down behind the scenes: “All they wanted was another Cookie show, and I said, ‘I’ll do it, but it has to be right. The people deserve, she’s to beloved for y’all to f**k it up.’ And so, when they didn’t get it right, I was like, ‘Well, that’s it,’ and they had nothing else. ‘You’re all f**ng fired.”

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Henson added that she felt like she had Stockholm Syndrome from the entire situation, which is defines as a syndrome ‘where hostages sometimes develop a psychological bond with their captors.’ (Think Kevin, Y&R!) The moral of Henson’s story was to make sure the people you pay and who work for you, understand that you are the talent and nothing happens without you including them collecting a paycheck off you.

Henson can currently be seen in the musical version of The Color People in movie theatres everywhere.

Check out her emotional and enlightening conversation with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation below.

Now let us know, do you think Cookie Lyon was one of the best TV characters and should have either been spun off into her own show, or Henson should have appeared in more commercial and endorsement deals given the popularity of the character? Weigh-in via the comment section.

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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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