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Oprah & Common Planned For Roles In Season Two Of EMPIRE!

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The hottest show on television, Fox’s Empire has been bringing some musical star power to the series along with its phenomenal core cast for season one!  But with the series concluding for now with a two-hour season finale next Wednesday March 18th, of course plans are in the works for season two!

And what do you know?  Confirmed today via an interview with Access Hollywood, Empire creator Lee Daniels confessed, of sorts, to the fact that both Oprah Winfrey and rapper and now Oscar winner, Common will have roles next season on the sudsy hip-hop musical drama series.

Daniels offered up on Oprah, “Yes,” admitting he is writing a part for her and then adding. “Yeah, she’s going to be on it.” Lee also copped to admitting to writing a role for Common, since the musical star had stated previously he would love to appear on the show.  Just what kinds of role Oprah and Common would play is anybody’s guess at this time.

Watch Daniels chat with Access Hollywood after the jump.  Then let us know, what role would you cast Oprah and Common in on Empire? A never-before-seen-member of the Lyon family? A record executive? A former prison mate who spent time with Cookie (Taraji B. Henson) behind bars? Some other kind of role?  Share your thoughts below!

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su0000

NO NO NO !!!

Oprah do not enter Empire..
You do not belong in Empire, you do not belong in Empire..
GO AWAY OPRAH …
I am p’oed lol .. It is a mistake and will simply hurt Empire..

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

How will Oprah’s presence on Empire hurt the show? I’ll share a secret. I don’t watch Empire. I saw the commercials advertising the show and decided then and there that I would not watch it. But because I don’t like what I saw doesn’t mean other people wouldn’t like the show. So I am not familiar with the plot and/or storylines. If Lee Daniels invited Oprah to do the show, I am sure he thinks she can do a good job in whatever role he wrote for her. It is not like they haven’t worked together before. Lee directed Oprah… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

How did just the commercial made you decide not to watch…im just curious!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I love this show. Wish they would keep Oprah far away from this project. So sick of her and her enormous ego.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

What ego? What has Oprah done that causes you to say she has an ego problem?

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

It seems to me it is an act of humility for Oprah to act on a TV show because the actors have to take direction from the director. If Oprah had an ego problem, I doubt Lee Daniels would have bothered to ask her to be a part of the show because she would have been too much trouble! He would know, having directed her before. So to say Oprah has an ego problem doesn’t make much sense in this context.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

An act of humility, Gmbenet? Oprah’s not as relevant as she once was. EMPIRE has the fastest growing ratings in the country right now. There’s nothing humble about being on that show…she wants in! ( not saying I blame her…she loves acting and it’s a hit show) but let’s be real. She’s doing it for Oprah. Personally? Seeing her on that show will break that forth wall for me. Unless she plays herself…that might work if she’s there to interview the family or one if…I cops. Deal with that…

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Fourth wall

Ican deal with that.

Harry
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Harry

Here’s my “light bulb moment”, Oprah,
Anytime I see your face endorsing any project, any tv series and any major motion picture, and mostly any novel, I run from the hills from the aforementioned.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

What did Oprah do that was so bad?

Charday
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Charday

Agree 100 percent. Too bad for the show.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Have zero desire to see Oprah on EMPIRE…though admittedly she’s a good actress. Just…no.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

What is wrong with Oprah being on Empire? Are you mad with her because of the movie Selma? Is that why you don’t want to see her on Empire?

This is weird!

What about Common? Should Should he not be on Empire too? If so, is it because of the song “Glory” and his acceptance speech at the Oscars?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I myself havent seen Selma but i plan to rent it…looks like a beautiful made picture and ive long admired MLK for his fight for equal rights…there have been many movies and documentries on him that was well done too…i have no problems with Oprah on Empire but if someone dislikes her it doesnt make it a racist issue…the color of ones skin doesnt matter to me-its whats inside that counts…do you believe those who dont want OW on Empire are racist-its how it appears in your replies-Kenye West jumps on stage and interupts a grammy winner because Beyonce didnt… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Jimh…I agree with everything you wrote…you put into words exactly what I interpreted from Gmbenet’s questions/comments…but I have something to add to Gmbebet…if anyone posting here didn’t want Oprah because he/she was racist…why would any of us be watching EMPIRE in the first place.

Jimh…I actually DO think Kanye’s incredibly inappropriate, insulting behavior to other artists he deems unworthy of winning is tied in to racism on his part…yes, I that example,mi think it really is. Until and if he pulls the same stunt if black artist wins, that’s the impression I’ve gotten.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Jimh Thanks for your reply. I do agree that not everyone who dislikes Oprah feels that way because they are racist. I also agree that not everyone who disagrees with the views of an African-American does so because they are racist. Kanye West’s rude behavior toward Taylor Swift was not necessarily racist either, but it sure was a terrible thing to do to anybody regardless of race. But in this case involving Oprah there had previously been so much backlash regarding the movie Selma and the events commemorating the Selma March that I did wonder. The backlash had occurred by… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

By the way, just because I don’t watch Empire (the story is not my “cup of tea”), doesn’t mean I am not aware of what stars are appearing on the show. I do keep abreast with the comings and goings. The premise is just not what I like to watch stories about.

Chris
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Chris

Actually I had a friend that was an audience member of Oprah’s talk show. Seriously, audience members were not allowed to look into her eyes b/c that was a rule. Her ego is way too big. Depending on the year, it matches her waistline. She is full of herself and will add nothing to this show at all.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Wow…is that true? I remember there was a former employee, a female, who said she felt Oprah treated her very badly because she was overweight and treated the thin, attractive female staff better. Saw the interview on either 20/20, 6o
minutes or dateline a few years back…don’t recall which show.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Chris…I can DEFINITELY believe that!!!!! Check this out: A long time ago, a friend of my mom’s had an older sister who (also) was an audience member of Oprah’s talk show. According to my mom’s friend’s older sister, Oprah (1) refused to make any eye contact with anyone sitting in the audience, (2) would not sign any autographs before or after the taping of the show and (3) VERY RUDELY kept barking out orders to the whole and entire staff (especially the cameramen) before and after taping of the show. Chris, as far as I’m concerned, Oprah’s E-G-O is BEYOND… Read more »

penny
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penny

So glad Oprah is doing Empire! She’s the most honest beautiful soul I’ve come across in a long time. I admire this women who came from nothing, built herself an EMPIRE, even after facing racism and ugly stereotypes because her skin wasn’t light enough, her body wasn’t small enough and her hair wasn’t long enough. She’s an intelligent woman whose confidence got her where she is today. Love you Oprah, keep doing YOU and never let anyone steal your JOY!

su0000
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su0000

Oprah does not belong on Empire..
Her being mixed in with the awesome cast will just drag it down..
she is NOT the personality for Empire she is Oprah.. no matter what she acts in she is always Oprah..
Reading other sites comments, not many are happy about having her on Empire it will change the atmosphere of Empire having Oprah..
She is well for Selam and the Color Purple but not Empire..
It has nothing to with her ”soul, intelligences, or her looks”.. she will suck big time on Empire..no matter who she plays she will be Oprah..

A mistake to bring her in..

penny
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penny

You have your opinion and I have mine. She’s an ACTRESS and I’m sure she’ll play the part Daniel’s wants her to play and she’ll do great. It’s not her problem that other people can’t separate the difference.

Mo
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Mo

It doesn’t matter either way, but I don’t like stunt casting. If they contribute to the show and the story and can act, okay.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I think Oprah should play Cookie’s tacky sister.

Sue M.
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Sue M.

I could care less about Oprah on Empire. Not interested at all.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

All soaps daytime, prime time, past and present have use stunt casting in their shows. GH had Liz Taylor; Dynasty had Rock Hudson— I believe AMC had Carol Burnett??? Anyway the point is if Oprah is willing to do it– why wouldn’t they take advantage of it and write her a role. The same with Common- or any big name that would be willing to do it. Empire’s success will renew networks interest in the prime time soap—so I am all for Oprah doing it if it adds to the success of the show and that leads to a new… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Stunt casting is needed when a show is not doing well.
Empire is not daytime..
Empire has 14.33 million viewers and rising..
Oprah is not needed and she is Ophra no matter what role she plays she is still talk show Oprah..(her acting in movies she is still Ophra)

Empire is raw and new cutting media..
Oprah is an old hasbeen and not for Empire ..
🙂

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Both DAYTIME and PRIME TIME use stunt casting–and NOT just when the show is doing bad, for example Liz Taylor was on GH when the show was at its prime. So stunt casting can happen anytime—perhaps prime time uses the word special guest star, but it is still stunt casting and all shows do it now and then. I understand your point. Oprah is a personality and depending on the role it might be hard not to see anyone but Oprah on the screen. However, she is good friends with Lee Daniels and he is going to put on the… Read more »

davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

LMAO… I personally love the series EMPIRE and they’ve been “stunt casting” all season.

Raven Symone, Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love… The more popular the series gets, the stunt casting will be bigger. Not surprised. And Oprah worked with him before, I’m sure they have a mutual respect, makes sense for her to do the show.

I’m pretty shocked by all the Oprah hate. LOL

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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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