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Lucious, Cookie, and Jamal Make Wednesday Night's EMPIRE Another Stellar Ratings Winner For FOX!

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Empire is red hot! The sudsy new series on FOX featuring powerful performances and rich characters starring Terrence Howard (Lucious), Taraji B. Henson (Cookie) and Jussie Smollett (Jamal) once again was a ratings winner after last night’s episode!

According to TV Media Insights: Week three of Fox’s now bonafide new hit drama Empire topped the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.6 rating/12 share in the household overnights. Comparably, this was four percent above its week two telecast (7.3/11 on Jan. 14), and that translated into 10.32 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 (based on the live plus same day data). The overnight retention for Empire out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in  American Idol (8.6/13) was solid at 88 percent. Three-week overnight track for Empire: 6.8/10 – 7.3/11 – 7.6/12.

In story, Lucious unrelenting homophobia continued to further drive his son Jamal to strike back! After Jamal impressed dad with a performance at a family gathering, and Lucious said it would be the perfect record for John Legend to record, it raised the ire of Jamal.  Later, Lucious seemingly wanting to repent for his actions and goes to talk to Jamal, only things further dissolve.  Jamal reminds his father of the beatings he suffered through as a child at his hands!  “My obedience is no longer for sale,” in a defiant tone Jamal says to Lucious.  Then, Lucious bring up the fact that Jamal is not paying for the apartment he is living in! 

However, Jamal declares his independence with his boyfriend Michael in tow, and they vacate the apartment, and leave the key.  When alone, Michael asks if Jamal is sure he wants to give everything up that he has.  Next, Jamal in a one of the soapiest and best cliffhangers thus far in the freshmen season of the series utters: “I’m going after his empire! I’m gonna take it.”

What did you think of last night’s episode of Empire?  Comment below!

 

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Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

Loved it!! What a cast…acting is excellent!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

…as is most of the writing, direction and casting, too!

su0000
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su0000

OIhh it sounds so good..
I have not watched , yet..
I am excited to ‘binge’ watch..
I do not like waiting a week in between shows to see the next episode, that kills the suspense and train of involvement..I like it a continuous run like a movie with no interruptions, it really is so much better that way..
I will watch through demand..
I am so looking forward to it!!!!

Nk3play2
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Nk3play2

Let me tell you…… It’s torture!!! I feel like a drug addict suffering from withdrawal syndrome! The ONLY thing that gets me through the week are the hilarious tweets.

Belle
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Belle

I was enjoying Empire until the youngest son made the remarks about President O’Bama on the week of Jan. 14th’s episode. I couldn’t understand why Lee , Terrence , and Henson would allow those remarks to be written into the script about a sitting president. Plus, I’ve been waiting for a boycott of the show. It’s known how Fox feels about the President.

su0000
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su0000

lol

This is the USA.. all presidents including Obama have been made fun off and bashed and criticized in every way possible .
There is not going to be any boycotting.. lol

Praise America for its’ freedom of expression and Speech ..
A river of blood has been shed for that privilege.

Long live Obama and Empire!

Nk3play2
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Nk3play2

@Belle, yes it is a known fact how Fox feels about the president, but I trust Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard to no let it go too far. The youngest son is a realistic portrayal of any ungrateful snot nose kid who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. And to echo su000, Barack is no different than any other president; he’s going to come under scrutiny from those who don’t agree with him.

However, the show is very enjoyable and I hope you continue watching it.

downtownla
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downtownla

It’s reality. A lot of African Americans are disappointed in the performance of the President. African Americans have done really poorly since the recession and their were higher expectations of Obama. In fact, many of my African American friends clarify that Barack is actually the first bi-racial President and since his family did not go through the slavery experience (as Michelle’s did), that he is disconnected from that experience and the magnitude of racism and discrimination.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Don’t mistake what is written in a script with supposed network bias. FOX has NEVER confused it’s real goal – profit – with political preferences. Remember, this network began with MARRIED WITH CHILDREN and THE SIMPSONS – shows that riled & offended conservative viewers many, many times. As for the remarks about a sitting president, POTUS can take it. The remarks were not as much about the POTUS as they were about the immature, clueless, entitled character of Hakeem.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Belle I have to admit those remarks threw me off to..and the silly phone call where the President allegedly was so riled up he hung up on Luscious…you could see the discomfort in Terence portrayal of the scene..but I think they were trying to portray President Obama as a real person who responds to people in real time..and hey..that is basically him..he loves to clown his own people and he loves being funny..but he’s also tragically very misunderstood for POLITICS sake..JMO

vinman
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vinman

Son #1….hitting that BOOTAY!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

so hot to watch!!!!

GH-er
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GH-er

This show is great – the cast is fantastic and the story lines are so very very SOAPY. Really a ton of fun and the acting is first rate.

Lia
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Lia

I can’t get enough of it. I was very upset when the Dallas re-boot was cancelled, but now I have a new favorite show to watch. Terrence Howard and Taraji are phenomenal in their roles. Awesome cast, awesome writing…Just awesome!

su0000
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su0000

9.9 million empire viewers..
tv line poll–
86% rated Empire Awesome, above average ..

it’s a hit!!!

Belle
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Belle

I agree with the comments made about my comments on Hakeem’s remarks . I know the immaturity of some of the youth of today and of some of the old crowd. Yes, downtownla, some Blacks are upset with the President ; however, I’m not one of them. Just because his family didn’t evolve from the slavery experience doesn’t mean that he doesn’t understand how Blacks feel. You nor I came from slavery directly; yet, I know about Jim Crow because I lived it. Plus, I’m sure the President has experienced racism in his life also. Anyway, I’m loving all of… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

There are fakes ‘reality’ shows that are stupid, to say the least about them..
Empire is as close to real reality a sitcom could be ..
If you want true realism, that would be the ”peoples” of Empire..

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I love how strong Jamal is becoming. Empire rocks!

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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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