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20 items from 2015


Empire finale: after all the drama, what can we expect for season two?

19 March 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

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The Insane Empire Finale as Told by 9 GIFs (and 3 Tweets)

18 March 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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Clues Into Tonight's Season Finale? The 'Empire' Cast & Writers Describe the Episode in 3 Words

17 March 2015 5:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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:

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Andre Lyon Doesn’t Sing on ‘Empire,’ But Damn Does Trai Byers Have a Voice Irl

13 March 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

During a live Q&A with the Empire cast, Trai Byers proved that despite his character Andre Lyon’s musical shortcomings, the actor can belt it out in real life.

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 HowardJussie 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.

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- Tara Aquino

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The Empire Cast on the Bib, Cookie’s Style, and More at Their Very Lively Panel

13 March 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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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‘Empire’ Live Event: Watch Jamal and Hakeem’s Concert, Cast Q&A at TheWrap (Video)

12 March 2015 6:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Two stars from Fox’s “Empire” are about to put on a show. Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, who play musically gifted brothers Jamal and Hakeem on the network’s breakthrough musical drama, are performing as part of a live-streaming event on Thursday at 11:00 p.m. Et/8:00 p.m. Pt. The concert will be followed by a Q&A panel with the many of “Empire’s” cast and producers, including Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Also Read: ‘Empire’ Topples ‘The Walking Dead’ to Become Most-Tweeted TV Show Other cast members include Trai Byers, »

- Travis Reilly

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'Empire's' Trai Byers on Andre's Breakdown, Relationship With Jennifer Hudson

4 March 2015 7:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the ninth episode of Empire's first season, "Unto the Breach."] Since Empire's pilot, the Fox hip-hop drama teased that the eldest Lyon son, Andre (Trai Byers), had an illness that kept Lucious (Terrence Howard) from handing over the keys to his kingdom. Save for a small physical stumble one night at his father's club Laviticus, Andre seemed to have his bipolar disorder under control. A combination of his medication, doting wife Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) and clear-cut mission to get between younger brothers Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) combined to keep

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- Danielle Turchiano

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New Empire Episode 8,Season 1 Wild Spoiler Promo Clip Hit The Net

19 February 2015 10:06 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Last night, Fox delivered the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Empire" episode 8 of season 1, and it features new looks at some pretty wild and very interesting stuff as Jamal works with a new, gay dude. Cookie is spotted, shooting a couple of insults Camilla's way, and fooling around with Lucious behind Anika's back, and more! The episode is titled, "The Lyon's Roar." In the new, 8th episode official synopsis: "It's going to be time for the Lyon family to come together and record a legacy album with Lucious, Hakeem and Jamal. Cookie and Camilla are going to finally come face-to-face. Andre will struggle with some inner demons and Jamal is going to step into the spotlight with news that surprises everyone." It stars: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon; Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner; Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon; Bryshere Gray as »

- Andre Braddox

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New Empire Episode 8,Season 1 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By Fox

18 February 2015 11:22 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Empire" episode 8 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "The Lyon's Roar," and it turns out that we're going to some very interesting and possibly quite dramatic stuff go down when Hakeem's Camilla finally meets Cookie. Jamal drops surprising news to the public, and more! In the new,8th episode press release: It will be time for the Lyon family to come together and record a legacy album with Lucious, Hakeem and Jamal. Cookie and Camilla (guest star Campbell) will finally come face-to-face. Andre is going to struggle with some inner demons and Jamal will step into the spotlight with news that surprises everyone. It stars: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon; Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner; Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon; Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon; Trai Byers as Andre Lyon; Grace Gealey as »

- Andre Braddox

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Empire: Season One Ratings

5 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Fox is struggling with their dramas this season. Gotham is a ratings success but Sleepy Hollow is way down and Red Band Society has been cancelled. Will Empire be a hit? Cancelled or renewed for season two?

On Empire, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the CEO of a successful hip hop music company. His life is turned upside down when he learns that he has Als and must now choose one of his three sons as his successor. The rest of the cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Gabourey Sidibe.

The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Empire Recap: In Which We Learn Why Cookie Was Released from Prison Early (and Why She May Soon Return)

5 February 2015 5:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that we know exactly how Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) managed to wrangle herself an early release, she jumps to a conclusion in Wednesday's episode of Empire that causes her to react in a way that will almost certainly have her behind bars once again. (Unless, of course, she can get someone to take the fall for her - it worked for Lucious, after all) In "Dangerous Bonds," Jamal (Jussie Smollett) finally records a single, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) shoots a music video, and Andre (Trai Byers) sets out to drive a wedge in between his younger brothers. Also, Lucious (Terrence Howard »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Empire Recap: In Which We Learn Why Cookie Was Released from Prison Early (and Why She May Soon Return)

5 February 2015 5:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that we know exactly how Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) managed to wrangle herself an early release, she jumps to a conclusion in Wednesday's episode of Empire that causes her to react in a way that will almost certainly have her behind bars once again. (Unless, of course, she can get someone to take the fall for her - it worked for Lucious, after all) In "Dangerous Bonds," Jamal (Jussie Smollett) finally records a single, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) shoots a music video, and Andre (Trai Byers) sets out to drive a wedge in between his younger brothers. Also, Lucious (Terrence Howard »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Everything You Need to Know About 'Empire,' TV’s Most Talked-About New Show!

28 January 2015 11:05 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Hip-hop drama Empire is Fox's latest breakout hit, featuring an award-winning cast and crew. Created by Oscar winners Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the King Lear-inspired family drama has been a ratings boon for Fox, with viewership growing each week since its Jan. 7 premiere.

The show's popularity is due in no small part to an incredible cast. Former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson electrify as Empire Entertainment mogul Lucious Lyon and his ex-wife Cookie, recently released from jail for the drug hustling charges that gave the couple the capital to start their Empire. Newcomers Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere Gray stand out as the three Lyon sons and guest stars like Cuba Gooding Jr., Naomi Campbell, and Gabourey Sidibe add to the awesome drama.

News: Inside the Secret Formula to Fox's 'Empire,' TV's Next Big Hit

Here's nine things you need to know to catch up on Empire:

1. Cookie. Is. Queen »

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New Empire Episode 5,Season 1 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By Fox

28 January 2015 10:01 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Empire" episode 5 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "Dangerous Bonds, " and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff as a mysterious gift, causes Cookie to get really suspicious. Meanwhile, Hakeem gets ready to shoot his first music video with Lucious looking over his shoulder, and more. In the new, 5th episode press release: All is going to be fair in love and war. Press release number 2: Cookie will receive an anonymous gift from an admirer that she believes might be a veiled threat from a person from her prison past. In the meantime, Lucious will take charge of Hakeem's first video shoot. It stars: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, »

- Andre Braddox

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New Empire Episode 4,Season 1 Intense Spoiler Promo Clip Hit The Net

22 January 2015 9:23 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Last night, Fox delivered the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Empire" episode 4 of season 1, and it gives us new looks at some very dramatic and intense stuff as bullets get fired off again. Lucious' empire gets threatened if he continues with the plan to go public. Cookie gets into it with another chick, and more! The episode is titled, "False Imposition." In the new, 4th episode official storyline: "Lucious will end up trying to steal a super-hot, chart-topping artist from his rival at Safe House Records. Meanwhile, Jamal will struggle to compose original music and Cookie is going to try to forge a relationship with her estranged son, Hakeem." It stars: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Gealey as Anika Gibbons, »

- Chris

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New Empire Episode 4,Season 1 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By Fox

21 January 2015 9:29 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Empire" episode 4 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "False Imposition," and it turns out that we're going to see some intriguing drama go down as Cookie still tries to mend her very broken relationship with Kakeem. Lucious attempts to steal a huge, chart-topping artist from one of his rivals, and more! In the new, 4th episode press release: "Lucious will attempt to steal a super-hot, chart-topping artist from his rival at Safe House Records. In the meantime, Jamal is going to struggle to compose original music ,and Cookie will try to forge a relationship with her estranged son, Hakeem." It stars: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Gealey as Anika Gibbons, Kaitlin Doubleday »

- Chris

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Empire: Season Two Renewal for New Fox TV Series

17 January 2015 7:25 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It looks like Fox may have a hit on its hands so, after just two episodes, the network has renewed Empire for a second season.

On Empire, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the CEO of a successful hip hop music company. His life is turned upside down when he learns that he has Als and must now choose one of his three sons as his successor. The rest of the cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Gabourey Sidibe.

Here's their press release about the renewal:

Hot From Fox...

Fox Orders A Second Season Of Hit Drama "Empire"

Next All-New Episode Airs Wednesday, January 21, on Fox

Fox has renewed hit drama series Empire for a second season, it was announced today »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Empire’ Gets Early Season 2 Renewal From Fox

17 January 2015 10:09 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TCA 2015: Network picks up Lee Daniels’ hop hop soap opera after just two episodes

Fox has given “Empire,” its high-rated hip hop soap opera, a second season after just two episodes, Fox Television Group’s co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.

Created by Lee Daniels (“The Butler”), the show premiered to big numbers for the network. So far, averaging a 5.3 rating by Nielsen, the series has become the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow »

- Jethro Nededog

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New Empire Episode 3,Season 1 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By Fox

14 January 2015 12:23 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Empire" episode 3 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "The Devil Quotes Scripture," and it turns out that we're going to see some major tensions flare up after another woman attempts to catch Hakeem's eye, and more. In the new, 3rd episode press release: The Lyons will head to Philadelphia and get a taste of what their life could have been if Lucious hadn't made it big. Lucious is going to promote Hakeem's new relationship with hip-hop star ,Tianna, but tensions will rise when another woman tries to catch Hakeem's eye. It stars: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Gealey as Anika Gibbons, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon and Rafael De La Fuentes as Michael Sanchez. »

- Andre Braddox

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Empire

8 January 2015 10:36 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Fox

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: January 7, 2015 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Gabourey Sidibe.

TV show description:

This musical dramatic series revolves around a family that's at the center of a hip hop music empire.

A former drug dealer, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the CEO of Empire Entertainment, a hugely successful music company. His life is turned upside down when he learns that he has Als and must now choose one of his three sons as his successor.

Eldest son Andre (Trai Bryers) is Wharton-educated, power-hungry, and married to manipulative Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday).

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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