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Vivica A. Fox To Play Cookie's Oldest Sister On New Season Of EMPIRE!

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Great casting new today out of the hit hip-hop sudser, Empire!  EW.com is reporting that Vivica A. Fox has joined the cast for the second season, and will play Taraji P. Henson’s (Cookie) on-screen older sister! The character will come on to the canvas in search of her younger sis for reasons that are unknown.  

Empire EP Ilene Chaiken noted on the arrival of Vivica A. Fox, “We’ve already met Cookie’s sister Carol (Tasha Smith), but Cookie’s other family members are troublesome to say the least.”

Look for Vivica to make her on-screen debut in her new TV role around the 8th episode of the new season. Empire returns on Wednesday night September 23rd at 9PMET.

As previously noted, Empire creator Lee Daniels has already expressed an interest in a spin-off about Cookie’s family.  Could this be a test run for that featuring the oh-so-talented Vivica A. Fox?  Stay tuned.

Daytime soap fans remember Fox from her roles on Generations, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and so many primetime and motion picture roles including: Kill Bill.

Do you think the casting of Vivica as Taraji’s older on-screen sister is brilliant casting? Looking forward to seeing Viv on Empire?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Mo
Mo

Love Vivica. She was great on Celebrity Apprentice.

What role did she play on Days?

Patrick
Patrick

YES! YES! YES!

I have always loved “Vivica A. Fox” just saying her name is all that grand , on fire!

su0000
su0000

Nooopo!
I am totally against a spin-off about Cookie’s family. (cheesie)
That takes away from Empire, it just is not right.

NO SPIN OFF !!

davlestev1
davlestev1

AMEN…so NOT the drama…two seasons in and you already wanna start spinning off..Hanna/Barbera didn’t spin the gruesomes off the Flintstones..Barney and Betty didn’t get their own show..ALL YOKO COULD DO WAS PLAY THE BANJO…leave it alone you ego maniac and make this keep working…

Patrick
Patrick

well said:

“…leave it alone you ego maniac and make this keep working ”

do not…. do not ruin a good thing

SZima
SZima

Why is it that when a show becomes very popular, the powers that be immediately think “Spin Off?” Just stick with the original show and keep making that one better.

They’ve done some great new casting, but I don’t want to see the new characters spun into another show!

However, I’m now thinking that some of these new actors were promised said “new show” and that’s why they’ve signed on.

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‘Empire’ Final Season: Official Word No Jussie Smollett, Vivica A Fox To Series Regular, Spin-Offs Possible After Series Concludes

Plenty of news coming out of the Fox TCA panels and executive session.  Most notable was drama surrounding the sixth and final season of the sudsy Empire.

According to Fox CEO Charlie Collier when talk of potential spin-offs of the series came up: “We’re in the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong business — if there is more story to tell we want to hear it.”  Collier, referencing the series creators.

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Collier also noted that a big send-off is planned for the series as its heads to its final episodes.  In addition, the CEO officially revealed after all the speculation that Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon), would not be returning to Empire for its final season.

Charlie noted, “There’s no plan for Jussie to return.”  Smollett got in trouble with the law in Chicago back in January, over an alleged hate crime, the actor claimed was perpetrated on him, when later he was charged for setting the whole thing up himself, and later those charges later dropped,   But Jussie’s problems with the Windy City are continuing hot and heavy this week.

Finally, soap opera favorite, Vivica A. Fox (Generations, DAYS) has been upped to series regular in her role as Candace.  As Empire viewers know, Candace is the older sister to Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson.

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So, would you like to see an Empire spin-off?  Happy or sad that Jussie Smollett is not coming back to the series before it says goodbye/ Looking forward to more Vivica? Comment below.

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Jussie Smollett Will Not Return To ‘Empire’ Relates Lee Daniels; 911 Call Released Of His Alleged Attack

The co-creator of Fox’s sudsy Empire, Lee Daniels, confirmed yesterday that actor/singer Jussie Smollett will not return to the series for its final season, after the renewal pick-up of the show’s sixth and final season was announced, where it left Smollett’s fate with the series a big ambiguous.

How the final blow of any possibility of Smollett’s return came to light was when Daniels was responding to a Variety report in which multiple production sources said that writing staff was breaking ideas for the final season with the expectation that Smollett would appear in the back half of the 18 planned episodes. However, Daniels strongly expressed upon that item that: “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.”

Smollett was written out of the final episodes of the show’s fifth season in the aftermath and backlash stemming from that he faked a hate crime against himself earlier this year in Chicago.

In addition on Wednesday, the city of Chicago (TMZ had already beat them to it) released 911 calls where a friend of Smollett’s called for help following his alleged attack.  A man (later identified as Smollett’s manager, Frank Gatson) said he “works with an artist” told the  operator that the victim did not want to file a report with authorities, but he was going to ‘make’ him.”

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The caller added that the victim said the attackers put a noose around his neck expressing: “What’s really weird ma’m, just ‘cus I’m scared and I don’t know what it is, they put a noose around his neck.  They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f—d up to me — sorry for saying it like that.”

A second 911 call was apparently made 15 minutes later after the police had not yet responded to the first call, where the caller said about Smollett, “He was jumped on the street and we’re just trying to report it.”

So, what do you think of the news that Smollett is definitely out of the final season of Empire? What do you think of the 911 call? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘Empire’ Will End Its Run After Upcoming Sixth Season

Fox has announced during Monday’s pre-upfront call with the media that Empire’s upcoming sixth season (they just got renewed for that season just the other week) will ultimately be its last.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier expressed: “We are turning the final season into a large TV event — we are trying to go out guns a-blazing. You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

The final season will consist of 20 episodes.

As to whether Jussie Smollett would coming back for the show’s last hurrah, Collier only would say, “At this point, we have no plans for that.”   He also noted the writer’s room has not even been put in place for the new season.

Previously, Fox Entertainment along with 20th Century Fox Television extended Smollett’s option for the upcoming sixth season, but at that time also stated there were no plan for him to re-appear on-screen as Jamal.

Smollett claimed that he was the victim of an assault based hate crime, but later was accused of hiring two men to attack him and was indicted for filing false police reports/statements.  Fast-forward, the criminal charges were dropped in March, and Smollett has maintained his innocence.

As a result of all the bad publicity cast on Smollett and more, the series decided to cut Smollett out of the final two episodes of the 5th season.

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So, sad to hear Empire will end after its next season, or do you think its time for the hip hop drama to go? Comment below.

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