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Forest Whitaker Joins ‘Empire’ Season 4 in Recurring Role

19 July 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Forest Whitaker is joining the cast of “Empire,” Variety has learned.

The Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor has joined in a recurring role and will appear in a multi-episode arc in the fourth season.

Whitaker will play Uncle Eddie, a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay years ago. Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary.

Whitaker is the latest Hollywood heavyweight to join “Empire” Season 4, joining Demi Moore who has a large recurring role in the upcoming season and made her first appearance in the Season 3 finale.

“Empire” is known for its A-list guest stars, which over the course of the series, have included Mariah Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, Eva Longoria »

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Empire Adds Forest Whitaker to Play Lucious' Musical Mentor in Season 4

19 July 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

An ailing Lucious will get a visit from a familiar face next season on Empire — in the form of an Oscar-winning actor.

Forest Whitaker has signed on to join Season 4 of the Fox hit drama in a multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned. He’ll play “Uncle Eddie,” a musical icon who gave Lucious his first radio airplay back in the day. Now he’s back to help his protégé recover from that nasty explosion in Las Vegas, and a grateful Cookie asks him to produce a song for the Empire label’s 20th anniversary.

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Deborah Spera Inks First-Look Deal With AMC

8 June 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Veteran TV producer Deborah Spera and her production company, One-Two Punch Productions, have closed a two-year first-look deal with AMC. Under the pact, the cable network will have first crack at Spera’s development. Spera is former president of Mark Gordon Prods. who served as an executive producer on Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Reaper and Lifetime’s Army Wives during her stint at the production company, then based at ABC Studios. In 2011, Spera… »

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