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

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

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!!!!

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.

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.

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!

@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.

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.

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.

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

Son #1….hitting that BOOTAY!

so hot to watch!!!!

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.

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!

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

it’s a hit!!!

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 the comments and thoughts about the show.
Lia, I loved Dallas also. I’m still believing that someone will come to him/herself and bring it back.
KansasGuest, you’re right, too ; it’s about the money.
Thanks guys, I’m loving you and Empire!
Empire is great!

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..

I love how strong Jamal is becoming. Empire rocks!

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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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