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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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Ren
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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.

john
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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.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

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!

Patrick
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Patrick

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

brian
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brian

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.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.

Mary SF
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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… Read more »

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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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