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Lee Daniels Teases Potential EMPIRE Spin-Off: A Prequel On Young Cookie Lyon!

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Fox held it’s TCA (Television Critics Association) 2015 panels and events= on Thursday, and every0ne wanted to hear what’s in store for the breakout show of last season, Empire!

The hip-hop sudser that will continue right where it left off when it bows for its second season on September 23rd at 9PMEST, and will feature a split  18 episode order from the network – 10 for the fall will air, and then a break, and then final 8 episodes in the spring.

But what was most intriguing to learn was that Empire creator Lee Daniels does have a spin-off in mind for the mighty soap opera, and it would feature a young Cookie Lyon.  The adult Cookie is played by Emmy-nominee Taraji P. Henson.

Daniels revealed: “I think there’s going to be a spinoff of Empire,without question.  I have to tell story that I know. I can’t tell it unless I’ve lived it.”   He then went on to say about the Cookie Lyon series idea:  “OK, here she is now. How did she get to where she’s at right now? Let’s go back and understand her mother. Let’s go back and understand her sisters. Let’s get back and understand the makings of her. That I know, because I know Cookie … It would be like a prequel. I don’t think we’re quite there yet.”

Now watch the just released trailer for season two of Empire after the jump! Then, let us know would you like to see another soapy spin-off featuring a young Cookie and her “fam”?  Comment below!

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richard
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I hate when series have spinoffs. Just keep making Empire great and focus on that. Divided attn will hurt both shows.

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I know richard..one show blows up and it’s immediate sequels and brought to you by..while the original gets lost in translation and quietly disappears..DON’T DO IT FOX..

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I am soooo ready!!
Empire has it all, it keeps me on the edge, I like that..

Anacarrie
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I am counting down the days! Terrence and Taraji rules!

SZima
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SZima

Please! DO NOT SPIN this show off. Both shows will end up suffering if they do.
Empire is a unique show and fun to watch. Why insult it by creating a copycat show?

Liam
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This idea seems stupid (to me). The network should focus on the current show. Many shows like Empire (Revenge, the OC, etc.) have started off gangbusters and then adjusted/fizzled. I expect no less from “Empire” despite its strong first season.

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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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