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Saturday Night Live Spoofs EMPIRE When Chris Hemsworth Joins The Cast!

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Last night on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, actor Chris Hemsworth was the host of the episode, and we all knew at some point SNL would spoof the mega-hot soap opera Empire, and last night they did!

In a satirical send-up promo, Keenan Thompson took on the role of Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon, while Sasheer Zamata took on Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji B. Henson. Other Empire notables spoofed included: Jamal (Jay Pharoah), Hakeem (Michael Che), and Porsha (Leslie Jones).

However in this promo, Fox’s Empire decides to even broaden their “appeal” by adding a white male character named Chip played by Hemsworth, and plunking him right into the mix with the over-the-top gang from the hip-hop-world. Chip soon learns it’s not easy working alongside this group!

Watch what happens after the jump!  Let us know what you thought of the segment  … thumbs up, or thumbs down?

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

Didnt watch but looks funny…Cookie Monster shouldve played Cookie…dumb…lol

Leo
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Leo

Chris Hemsworth “joins the cast”?

Kind of misleading.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hilarious! So funny how the parody wasn’t far from the actual characterizations which aren’t meant to be comedic..the show for the most part is great but taken out of context like this it’s spot on and ripe for comedy.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I love EMPIRE on FOX, however, the SNL was not impressive. Hopefully, in the future SNL will get a handle on how to effectively write a funny scene… to parody Empire. It just wasn’t there for me. Though, I did like the SNL cast members who were cast in the respected roles. Try again SNL.

j9
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j9

Cookie: “Take a dip, Chip!”

LOL! I thought it was funny! Well done!

su0000
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su0000

I really like Porsha (Leslie Jones) lol !

penny
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penny

I didn’t think it was funny, but Keenan was on point with the Terrance Howard impersonation, right down to the quivering voice.

Mo
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Mo

OMG! That was sooooooooooo funny.

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‘Empire’ Favorite Taraji P. Henson to Host the American Music Awards

She played the fierce head of record label and music empire on TV, and now she is about to take on the hosting duties at one of music’s most popular nights of the year, when she hosts ABC’s American Music Awards.   News today has former Empire on Fox star, Taraji P. Henson (Ex-Cookie Lyon) taking on the key role in keeping the night moving and the music coming for music fans around the world.

The 2020 AMAs will air live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:00 PM ET/PT.   In a statement on her latest gig, Henson expressed: “The AMAs brings together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists – the fans,  I’m proud to take the stage as this year’s host – and also a fan – for what promises to be an electrifying night of music.”

And coming up the motion picture and television actress will put a spotlight on  mental wellness in a new talk show for Facebook Watch.  In addition, she is also currently developing an Empire spinoff with her production company.

Broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this year’s AMA nominees include The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch, both with eight nominations, leading the pack of this year’s nominees.  Voting for the AMA’s continues and you can a vote in all categories here.

So, it seems to us that Taraji will be a great host for the AMA’s! What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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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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