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In arguably one of the most explosive cliffhangers from”Empire’s” Season 1 finale, Rhonda Lyon revealed she was pregnant after she had just bludgeoned Uncle Vernon to death in order to defend husband Andre Lyon who was in a deadly brawl with him. But if fans thought that scene was crazy, Rhonda’s portrayer Kaitlin Doubleday promises it’s only about to get crazier when Season 2 kicks off Wednesday night. “There’s another ‘Oh My God,’ jaw-dropping, insane cliffhanger that happens to Rhonda, which is weird because I don’t know why she’s attracting all this drama,” Doubleday tells executive editor Joseph Kapsch during. »
- Joe Otterson
To say there's buzz around the return of Empire, Fox's ballsy King-Lear-meets-Mahogany hit that kicks off its sophomore season on September 23rd, is an understatement. (It's like observing that there's a few Gop hopefuls running for President.) All eyes are on the series to see if it can maintain the level of drama, glam and delightful camp that turned it into a ratings powerhouse and Twitter champ. The series hits every pleasure point for successful trashy TV: ludicrous plots, gleaming fashions, breakout performances, and a true gasp of it's own »
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
“Welcome back to the Lyons den,” boasts the gleefully flamboyant artwork for the sophomore season of Fox’s mega-hit Empire. A cute pun, undoubtedly, but also a bit of a front. Like the show itself, the ads for season two put on a soapy pretense full of pristine costumes and over-the-top characters, but the great thing about Empire as it steamrolls into its second year is that it keeps its dialogue sharp, its twists cutting, and its characters just the right bit of cruel to make for a soap that does what so many hour-long dramas fail to: feel genuinely dangerous.
As the Shakespearean shenanigans continue this year, we’re thrust into the action three months after the events of last year’s big finale. Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is in prison for the murder of Bunkie, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) is attempting »
- Mitchel Broussard
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Ausiello: Quite a bit, actually. “You’re going to see exactly as much of Grace as you would any other season,” insists exec producer Michelle King. “She will be as involved in Alicia’s life as any teenager of her age would be.” Fellow Ep Robert King adds that Grace may even be more of a fixture this season »
To mark the release of Empire Season 1 on DVD, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away. Experience up to 50 minutes of special features, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, uncut music performances and commentaries by cast and producers. Empire stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Byshere Y. Gray, Kaitlin Doubleday, Malik Yoba, Trai
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To celebrate the release of Empire Season 1, out now on DVD, we are giving 5 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win their very own copy.
Set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power, Empire is about a family dynasty that follows the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. After music mogul Lucious Lyon (Academy Award ® Nominee Terrence Howard) is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease, he must choose which of his three sons will succeed him at the legendary Empire Entertainment. The game changes when his ex-wife Cookie (Academy Award® Nominee Taraji P. Henson) returns from prison where she’s been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrificial lamb who built an empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious’ early career. »
- Laura Holmes
For the lucky few at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, “Empire’s” Season 2 debuts tonight. Everyone else can at least watch a musical performance and Q&A session with the cast and producers via a livestream, which is posted below. Here’s who is scheduled to appear: Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon) Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) Trai Byers (Andre Lyon) Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem Lyon) Grace Gealey (Anika Calhoun) Kaitlin Doubleday (Rhonda Lyon) Gabourey Sidibe (Becky) Ta’Rhonda Jones (Porsha) Serayah McNeil (Tiana) Lee Daniels (Drector/Writer/Creator/Ep) Danny Strong (Ep/Writer/Creator) Ilene Chaiken (Ep »
- Tony Maglio
If you still haven't had enough of "Empire" with the second season a mere 2 weeks away, this should thrill you even more! Announced this morning, On November 3rd, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings you the special Director’s Cut from Lee Daniels, plus a collectible soundtrack, featured character cards, and more. The "Empire” Director’s Cut Pilot Edition, as it's called, features collectible packaging, uncut music performances from the cast that includes Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Malik Yoba and Kaitlin Doubleday. Here's what you'll be getting if you plan to pick this up - in total, 638 minutes of content; although no word on price yet: “Empire” Season 1 Premium Blu-ray™ Special FeaturesPilot Episode – Director’s CutExclusive Soundtrack Including Never-Before-Released SongsCollectible Packaging for the Ultimate “Empire” Fan!Featurette: Empire:...
- Tambay A. Obenson
If you still haven't had enough of "Empire" with the second season a mere 2 weeks away, this should thrill you even more! Announced this morning, On November 3rd, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings you the special Director’s Cut from Lee Daniels, plus a collectible soundtrack, featured character cards, and more. The "Empire” Director’s Cut Pilot Edition, as it's called, features collectible packaging, uncut music performances from the cast that includes Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. “Yazz” Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Malik Yoba and Kaitlin Doubleday. Here's what you'll be getting if you plan to pick »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Grace Gealey and Trai Byers are building their own empire! The stars of Fox's hit series Empire are engaged, E! News confirms. Byers, 33, threw a surprise birthday party for Gealey, 31, at Chicago restaurant Kinmont Sunday night. "She thought it would just be the two of them going to dinner, but when they got there, he had arranged a party for about 20 of her friends and family members to surprise her," a source says. Gealey was seen wearing a diamond ring at dinner. The beautiful and talented birthday girl was fêted by several of her Empire co-stars, including Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett. "They are definitely going strong," a source says of the »
As Emmy campaign season and temperatures heats up, TheWrap caught up with the popular cast of Fox’s “Empire” before they took the stage for “A Performance Under the Stars at The Grove” in Los Angeles, and with summer just around the corner we needed to know what jams get the actors pumped for the season. Also Read: 'Empire' Cast Sing Favorite Shower Songs: Jussie Smollett, Creator Lee Daniels, Grace Gealey (Video) Kaitlin Doubleday, who plays Rhonda Lyon on the musical drama, elected for Mariah Carey‘s 1995-hit “Always Be My Baby.” The actress did not hold back belting out »
- Bryce Christian
The cast and series producers behind Fox’s “Empire,” which tells the story of the raucous musical Lyon family, held a live-streaming panel and performance event on Friday from Los Angeles. Cast members participating included Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey and Estelle. Co-creators and executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and executive producers Brian Grazer and Ilene Chaiken also attended and answered questions about the coming season. Also Read: 5 'Empire' Takeaways From Show's Star Terrence Howard and Creators at the Code Conference Highlights of the event: “I just feel like watching »
- Deborah Day
Empire star Kaitlin Doubleday is off the market! The 30-year-old actress, who plays Rhonda Lyon on this hit Fox series, recently got engaged to Devin Lucien in Paris. The bride-to-be and her future hubby both shared the happy news Tuesday, each posting selfies to Instagram that showed off Kaitlin's most impressive sparkler! "Cheers!!!!!!!!" wrote Kaitlin. "To the most memorable night of my life thus far." Her fiancé cafe posted a similar shot, writing simply, "She Said Yes!!!!!" Friends and fans were quick to congratulate the newly engaged couple. Even Kaitlin's onscreen hubby, Empire actor Trai Byers, wrote his well wishes in the comments: "Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! »
She said yes! Empire actress Kaitlin Doubleday is engaged to her boyfriend Devin Lucien, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. The actress, who plays Rhonda on the hit Fox series, confirmed the news as well via Instagram, posting a photo of herself grinning from ear to ear while flashing her new sparkler on Tuesday, May 12. “Cheers!!!!!!!! To the most memorable night of my life thus far @devinlucien,” Doubleday, 30, captioned the sweet snap. Cheers!!!!!!!! To the most memorable night of my life thus far @devinlucien A photo posted by [...] »
Christopher Gorham also stars in pic that follows a recently widowed man who must learn to cope with becoming a single father to his 9-year-old autistic son.
Doubleday broke out this past season as Rhonda Lyon, the wife to Lucious Lyon’s eldest son on the Fox drama. She is repped by Paradigm and Mpg Management.
- Justin Kroll
There were lots of twists and turns in the record-breaking first season’s final episode, but will the show have enough momentum to last the long haul? Warning: spoilers
Whoo. Boy. A lot sure happened on the final episode of Empire, which quickly became one of the top-rated shows on television after its January premiere. (And this article is going to contain more spoilers than Cookie has purple furs, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, you should bail now.) Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) took his company public, then lost it in a hostile takeover, and then was arrested for the murder he committed in the pilot. Jamal (Jussie Smollet) made up with his father, wrote a song with him, held a rival over a balcony railing à la Suge Knight, and then was given the keys to the Empire.
Things were even crazier for Andre (Trai Byers) who found God, »
- Brian Moylan
Was there ever any doubt that the Empire finale would be absolutely bonkers? In just two hours, Empire crammed in approximately six seasons' worth of material - and we wouldn't have it any other way. The finale was a bit of a convoluted ... not mess, per se, but certainly something that requires a brief recap. Here's what happened in the season 1 finale of Empire, as told in 9 GIFs (and 3 Tweets!).Snoop Dogg Made an Appearance His appearance in the finale was basically superfluous, but Snoop Dogg wasn't alone in showing up and playing himself for no real reason other than »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
It occurred to me that there actually might be some season finale clues in this featurette - "Candlestick," "fat," "blood," "Lucious look out!" - so feel free to speculate based on what each of them says below. Maybe someone's going to get hurt badly, or even die! The season 1 finale of "Empire" airs tonight, Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox, in a 2-hour event that I'm sure will be the most-watched program on TV tomorrow night, if not the entire week! After that, many of you will suffer "Empire" withdrawal, until the series returns whenever it returns. Watch Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Grace Gealey, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kaitlin Doubleday, Bryshere Y. Gray and "Empire's" writers each share 3 words that describe the upcoming finale:
- Tambay A. Obenson
Around the 30-minute mark, after Byers discusses how Andre feels ostracized because he’s the only Lyon who can’t lay down his own tracks, the moderator, EW‘s Tim Stack, brings up Byers’ great singing voice. Taraji P. Henson adds to his reveal by encouraging Byers to perform live. Taking center stage, the actor soulfully sings a few lines of Stevie Wonder’s “Lately,” leaving the crowd swooning.
His other co-star stars Terrence Howard. Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Grace Gealey, as well as producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brian Grazer, and Ilene Chailken all cheered on in support.
Watch the full Q&A below.
- Tara Aquino
Fox screened the first half of Empire's two-hour season finale for Television Academy members Thursday night in Los Angeles, followed by a Q&A with creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, producer Brian Grazer, showrunner Ilene Chaiken, and the cast: Terrence Howard (Lucious), Taraji P. Henson (Cookie), Jussie Smollett (Jamal), Bryshere Gray (Hakeem), Trai Byers (Andre), Grace Gealey (Anika), and Kaitlin Doubleday (Rhonda). The 1,000-person crowd did a standing ovation when Cookie first appeared onscreen and danced in the aisles as stars Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyons) and Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem) performed "You're So Beautiful" and "No Apologies.” Following the performance, Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack guided the cast and crew in a discussion about the show's incredible success, all things Cookie, and, yes, the Bib.On the blow-job bib Rhonda dons in episode two:Doubleday: They gave it out as wrap gifts that say, "Empire Season 1." I remember Lee, like, »
- Soo Youn
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