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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
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 in The Butler! So he has a good idea of what she can do as an actress.

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

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

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

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

Gmbenet
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
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
Rebecca1

Fourth wall

Ican deal with that.

Harry
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
Gmbenet

What did Oprah do that was so bad?

Charday
Charday

Agree 100 percent. Too bad for the show.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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

Gmbenet
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)
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 win in that category-did you ask him if it had anything to do with the winners being white? Just because someone is black and someone isnt a fan doesnt mean they are a racest or hate them for doing Selma or whatever-i dislike but dont hate many celebrities of different colors-white, black ect. simply because im not a fan and it has nothing to do with race-i believe those you question feel the same way and it has nothing to do with ones color. Ive had many friends of different color over the years. Gmbenet-weve never met but if we had we could be best friends or not friends at all and it wouldnt matter what our skin color is-it could be our personalities clash…for just reading your well written comments you do seem like a smart intelligent person-sometimes i like your comments and sometimes i disagree…it doesnt matter if your male or female, black or white, and straight or gay or a vegan or meat lover!!! But not everyone can like everything-its the way of the world!!! Peace!!!

Rebecca1
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
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 comments on the website. That’s why I asked the question.

There seemed to be no explanation for the responses I was reading. And please note that I did ask rather than spew accusations of racism. I can accept that opposition to Oprah may be due to something other than racism. I’ve also read here that Oprah has a big ego. I do find that amusing based on everything I have seen from Oprah.

But let me share this for those who may be interested to hear. I think Lee Daniels just wanted to work with Oprah in this project. Period. Why? To have some FUN doing it. That is all! I also believe Oprah said yes for the same reason.

Have you noticed the number of African-American stars who have come on the show as guests or have recurring roles. In that sense, Oprah is just one in the number!

Not to take anything away from the show in any way but when was the làst time you saw a successful Primetime drama with this many African-American actors and producers, writers etc. involved? This is a thrilling time for them as entertainers! Excuse my expression, but “every hog and his brother” (an expression common among African-Americans) is coming on that show and they are having a blast! Oprah is an African-American (obviously) and those other African-American entertainers love and appreciate her for her accomplishments as well as for herself. So the idea of all of them being together on a project such as Empire in their minds is “Yes!”

I am confident that if those same African-American entertainers had read the exact same comments that I read in the same context, they would have asked the same questions too!

Gmbenet
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
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
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
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 RIDICULOUS!!!!! Most of all, Oprah is nothing but a MEDIA-HUNGRY H-O-G who will do ANYTHING to make it all about H-E-R!!!!!! Beyond lame.

Have a good one, Chris. Peace.

penny
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
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
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
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
Mark Y

I think Oprah should play Cookie’s tacky sister.

Sue M.
Sue M.

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

Mary SF
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 crop of compelling night time serials.

su0000
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
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 show, whether you like or not– Oprah will be on this show, but take heart, knowing how busy she is I expect whatever role he writes for her, it would be short live.

davidevansmith
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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TEEN CHOICE AWARDS: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Empire’ & Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Jussie Smollett Score Nods

On Wednesday, the nominees for those ‘way cool’ surfboard trophies at the upcoming 2018 Teen Choice Awards were revealed.  The ceremony will air live on FOX on Sunday August 12th at 8/7c live from Los Angeles.

The awards voted on by fans for their favorites in television, movies and music kicked off the determination of the winners today. Fans have the chance to vote up to ten times a day on each platform: Twitter and at TeenChoice.com up until June 19.  For Twitter, viewers can tweet a category hashtag along with the nominee’s name for the vote to be counted.

In the television categories, Riverdale and the just cancelled Shadowhunters led the nominations. but a few of your favorite primetime soapy dramas also came away with nominations in the major categories … This Is Us, and Empire.  In addition, Sterling K. Brown (Randall) and Chrissy Metz (Kate) scored acting nominations for This Is Us, while Jussie Smollett (Jamal) received an acting nod for Empire.

Check out these main TV drama categories below and remember to vote.

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
Empire
Famous in Love
Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett — Empire
K.J. Apa — Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Bella Thorne — Famous in Love
Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Chrissy Metz — This Is Us
Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Maia Mitchell — The Fosters
Ryan Destiny — Star

So, which show from the nominees do you think the voters will chose for Choice Drama TV Show, Actor and Actress?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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EMPIRE Season Four Finale: A Wedding, Two Deaths … Maybe More!

On the season four finale of Empire, two deaths, maybe another, and a marriage, highlighted the twists and turns of the Fox hip-hop music soap opera.

First, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) long time rival, Boo Boo Kitty aka Anika, played by Grace Gealey, took one of the more horrific signature tumbles that Empire is known for.  Payback is definitely a bitch!

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Andre (Trai Byers) spiked Anika’s champagne before her press conference when she announces she has taken over as CEO of “Empire.”  While she is making her speech, she starts seeing visions of Rhonda, featuring Kaitlin Doubleday reprising her role. As she is speaking to the press, Anika is having hallucinations of Rhonda and her delusions reach epic proportions.  Then, we watch Anika smash through glass and fall several floors below to her death. According to showrunner EP Greg Mahoney, Anika is truly dead.

But also, at the top of the hour, recovering junkie Tori, played by Rumer Willis, was rushed to the hospital.  This was following an emotional confrontation with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). He visits her in the rehab center where she realizes she’s still got deep addiction issues.  After, they have a talk, she tells him to watch out for himself, and that the Lyon family will bring him down, and he needs to find his own path in life. Later, Jamal comes back to see her, only to find out that she has suffered complications from a grand mal seizure, and has died.  This prompts Jamal to go on a self-journey, and leave the Lyon’s nest for now.

Meanwhile, at the end of the episode, Cookie and Lucious (Terrence Howard), finally, finally after all the bickering … all the backstabbing … all the health issues … all the betrayals … went down to city hall to get re-married.  This was a long time coming. It was a simple ceremony, but as with any Empire season finale, there was a major juxtaposition going on adjacent to the main scene, and this was also the case for season four’s final moments.

While Cookie and Lucious were getting married, the camera cuts to Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and his baby mama Tiana (Serayah McNeill) getting ready to travel in a car along with white rapper Blake in tow, only to see that Blake’s racist father comes out of nowhere and attempts to assassinate Hakeem!  We don’t know if anyone was struck … we don’t know if anybody died … we fade to black.

On the business end of things, Eddie, played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, won the “Empire” auction.  He has forced the Lyon family to start from scratch as they no longer have the business that they spent years putting their blood, sweat, and tears into.

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When TV Line asked showrunner Brett Mahoney about the shooting at the end of the episode and if it will lead to a third death, he said, “I won’t say.  I will say that things won’t be the same between the four people that were involved in that.” Mahoney added that the early part of season five will focus on the Lyon family building a new empire.  He teased, “Yes.  But I think it’s going to be a much more difficult process than Cookie thinks it’s going to be.  And it’ll tear at the relationship between Cookie and Lucious and the boys, in terms of trying to achieve that goal.”

 

So, what did you think about the season four finale of Empire?  What did you think about who died?  What did you think about Cookie and Lucious tying the knot?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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EMPIRE Renewed For Season 5!

The Lyon family drama lives on!  News today from Michael Thorn, entertainment president for Fox Broadcasting, confirmed that Empire has been officially renewed for its fifth season!

With only four episodes left in its fourth season, and the Upfronts in New York in just a few weeks previewing the  2018-2019 season for advertisers, this was the perfect time to reveal the pick-up for the sudsy musical drama series.

In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

Although the once huge Wednesday juggernaut has slid significantly in the ratings in 14 episodes this season, the show is averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.8 million total viewers — down 31% and 24%, respectively from last season, the series is the network’s second most watched in multi-platform viewing, averaging 11.3 million viewers.

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