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Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Naomi Campbell, Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Courtney Love, Tyra Ferrell, Judd Nelson

Kelly Rowland Coming to 'Empire' as Lucious' Mother

July 07, 2015 03:07:13

The "" clan is expanding with the addition of . The R&B singer is added to the cast of the hit FOX series for the upcoming season 2 to play Lucious Lyon's () mother in a flashback. E! News first reported the news.

Rumors of the former star's involvement in the drama series first sparked last month when a picture circulated on Twitter showing the singer hanging out with "Empire" screenwriters. "Hey, @KELLYROWLAND! Thank you for spending some time with the #Empire writers!" a caption for the image read.


Marisa Tomei Joins 'Empire' Season 2

July 03, 2015 04:07:03

lands a recurring role on "" for the upcoming second season. The Oscar-winning actress is tapped to play a role of Mimi Whiteman on the FOX hip-hop drama. "Welcome to #Empire, @marisatomei!" the show tweeted.

Mimi is described as a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved with the Lyon family. The Forbes list billionaire is a lover of hip-hop, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.


'Empire': Chris Rock's Role Revealed in Behind-the-Scenes Video of Season 2

June 25, 2015 02:06:39

"" isn't returning until this fall, but sneak peeks at the upcoming season 2 have already been shared by series co-creator Lee Daniels. The critically-acclaimed filmmaker recently updated his Instagram with behind-the-scenes video and pictures from the set of the show.

The video features guest star as well as series regular sporting similar orange jumpsuit, revealing that Rock will play a fellow inmate to Howard's Lucious Lyon, who was arrested for alleged murder in the first season finale. The pictures, meanwhile, see extras and the crew preparing for the filming in a prison.


'Empire' Season 2 Is About 'Warring Kingdoms'

June 08, 2015 03:06:31

"" season 2 is partly inspired by "", according to series co-creator Danny Strong. At ATX Television Festival in Austin on Saturday, June 6, Strong talked about the theme of the upcoming installment of the FOX hit series and compared it to the HBO medieval drama.

"Season one was who will inherit the throne, and season two is warring kingdoms," he said. "So you'll see the kingdom go to war for the throne." Strong further shared, "The thing we talk about in the writers' room all the time is 'Game of Thrones'."


'Empire' Producer Disagrees With Terrence Howard Who Wants to Use N-Word on the Show

June 07, 2015 05:06:31

"" executive producer Danny Strong responds to 's insistence on using N-word on the show. "I disagree with Terrence," the producer comments when speaking to fans during a panel at the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas. "I don't think we need to use the n-word on the show."

Howard previously told EW, "I'm mad that we don't say n***a in the show. Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n***a every day. It's become part of a conversation - why aren't we using it in the show?"


'Empire' and 'Transparent' Lead 2015 TCA Awards With Four Nods Each

June 05, 2015 05:06:41

Nominees for this year's Television Critics Association annual awards are unearthed. FOX's hip-hop drama "" and Amazon's comedy "" dominate the pack with four nods each, including a fierce battle for the coveted Program of the Year.

"Empire" leading lady is nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama. She is joined by other contenders like (""), (""), ("", and ("").


'Magic Mike' Star Adam Rodriguez Joins 'Empire' Season 2

June 03, 2015 04:06:09

"" adds a dose of "" for the upcoming season. is confirmed to play a recurring guest role in the second season of the hit hip-hop drama series which is set to kick off September 23 on FOX.

The actor will play Laz Delgado, a smooth-talking concert promoter who takes an interest in 's Cookie after her rekindled romance with ex-husband Lucious Lyon () fell apart at the end of the first season.


'Empire' and 'The Walking Dead' Are Top TV Shows on Twitter

June 01, 2015 02:06:50

"" and "" reign over other TV shows this season on Twitter. According to the list released by Twitter and Nielsen, the two hit series are among the most-tweeted TV shows from September 1, 2014 through May 24, 2015.

"Empire" ranks first in terms of weekly tweets with an average of 627,000 tweets per episode. "Empire" season finale additionally becomes the most-tweeted TV series episode of the season with 2.4 million tweets and 5.9 million users.


'Empire' to Premiere Season 2 on September 23

May 30, 2015 04:05:21

"" has revealed return date for the upcoming sophomore season. who plays the fierce Cookie Lyon on the popular hip-hop drama series confirms the show will kick off the new second season on September 23 on FOX.

The actress tweeted, "Hello! September 23 #Empire season." It was quickly confirmed by the writing staff on the show, "#Empire fans! @EmpireFOX Season 2 returns Wednesday, September 23, 2015! #MarkYourCalendars #GameTimeB*tches."


Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys to Guest Star on 'Empire' Season 2

May 12, 2015 10:05:45

The first celebrity guests for the upcoming second season of "" are announced. , , and are confirmed to play guest roles on the FOX hip-hop drama when the new season is expected to kick off later this year.

Details of their roles are still scarce, but the first half of the 18-episode season will air in Fall 2015 and the second part will premiere in Spring 2016. and are also rumored to pop up on the sophomore season, but they haven't been confirmed.


Oprah Winfrey and Common to Guest Star on 'Empire' Season 2

March 14, 2015 11:03:49

and are going to appear in next season of "", Lee Daniels has confirmed. The Academy Award-winning director who co-created the hit freshman drama broke the news at a screening of the show in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 12.

"Yes. Yeah. She's gonna be on it," he told Access Hollywood about Winfrey, who has previously starred in his movie, "". When asked about a possible guest appearance by Common, he responded, "Oh yeah, for sure. For absolutely sure. We're gonna have a good time. You heard that first."


FOX's 'Empire' Is Partly Inspired by Jay-Z

February 28, 2015 12:02:11

FOX's freshman drama "" is partly inspired by the early life of real-life hip-hop mogul . Series co-creator Danny Strong confirmed it when appearing on "Sway in the Morning" Thursday, February 26, where he addressed negative feedback about some of the show's storylines, like 's Lucious Lyon being a former drug dealer who turned into the CEO of a music label.

"I've heard that, but there's certainly some truth in that," Strong said. "The Jay-Z story, which very much inspired Lucious Lyon, certain elements of Lucious Lyon, was that story." He continued, "So for me, I don't think in terms of we have to be careful of certain things because of certain negative stereotypes."


Jennifer Hudson and Rita Ora Set to Guest Star on 'Empire'

February 04, 2015 02:02:28

and are coming to "". The two music stars are tapped as guest stars on the new hit drama series. Their roles have not been revealed yet, but E! News reports that the two will appear before the first season ends.

The site further says that was also offered a guest spot on the FOX show, but scheduling issue prevented her to take the gig. The network has not commented on the casting rumors.


'Empire' 1.05 Preview: Marriage Proposal and Gunshot

January 29, 2015 04:01:34

Wedding bell is going to ring on "". A preview for the next episode of FOX's new hit series teases a proposal as Lucious gets down on his knee and asks for Grace's hand in marriage. They're going to throw a party to celebrate it and Cookie doesn't look happy though she mutters, "Congratulation," and raises her glass for the couple.

Back to business, Lucious takes charge of Hakeem's first video shoot. He's going to clash with his son Trai who complains that the video costs $1 million over the budget. Hakeem, meanwhile, gets into a fight after being accused of trying to ruin his rival's career by ordering a shot at a private event.


FOX Renews 'Empire', 'Gotham', and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

January 18, 2015 02:01:35

FOX announces series renewals. Hip-Hop drama "" is picked up for the second season, Batman prequel "" will also return for the second cycle, and comedy "" is renewed for the third installment.

The "Empire" renewal comes after only two episodes. The drama starring and has the most-watched debut this season with 9.9 million viewers and 3.8 demo rating. It rises in the second episode with 10.3 million viewers and 4.0 rating, which is a very rare feat.


'Empire' Stars Respond to 50 Cent's Criticism

January 09, 2015 04:01:43

and are aware of 's criticism of their new show "". They have responded to the rap star after he slammed their FOX series which has similar premise to his Starz show "Power" and accused Lee Daniels and his team of being a copycat.

"Empire VS. Power LADIES what's up you be the judge," he tweeted in December. He also wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, "POWER Season 2 is unbelievably good trust me. I have the best writers and show runner. I like Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson. I don't like that they would copy the marketing."


Courtney Love Joins FOX's 'Empire'

October 24, 2014 09:10:22

has landed another acting gig after tapped to guest star on "". The female rocker has been cast on FOX's upcoming drama "" in a recurring guest star role. She will play hard rock powerhouse Elle Dallas, "who is part of Empire Entertainment's stable of artists."

"Empire" centers on 's Lucious Lyon, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug. When he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years, he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family.


Naomi Campbell Joins FOX's 'Empire' in Major Role

September 30, 2014 06:09:12

will return to acting on FOX's "". The supermodel has been courted by director and longtime friend Lee Daniels to take a role on the network's hip-hop drama which is scheduled for early 2015.

"Empire" centers on the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. Lucious Lyon, played by , is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years.


FOX Debuts Trailers for New Series 'Empire', 'Backstrom', 'Gracepoint' and More

May 13, 2014 03:05:29

After announcing its fall 2014 line-up, FOX has introduced some of its new series by releasing the first trailers. stars in two of them, "" and "".

Howard takes a lead role in "Empire", playing the head of a music empire who learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. Now he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family. From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, the drama is also supported by , , Bryshere Gray and Trai Byers.


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