Last night, FOX premiered its pilot episode of Rosewood, a comedy-drama focused on a private pathologist named Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut), who helps law enforcement solve crimes through his close to perfect autopsy skills. Though its pilot was far from awful, Rosewood turned out to be what many viewers feared it would: a mundane show not even Morris Chestnut’s chocolatey goodness and a perfect time slot can save.
They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be real: it’s Autumn. Not just because of football or bold lip colors, but also because Cookie and the gang are back to fight once again over that multi-million dollar empire.
Yes, FOX’s Empire is that loud uncle at the barbeque who likes to make everyone uncomfortable by drinking way too many Heineken beers, while forcing them to engage in weirdo 90s dance moves such as “the bump.” Cringe-worthy, but extremely fulfilling nonetheless. So to celebrate its second season premiere September 23rd, a recap of all the melodramatic moments that pretty much killed us dead last season is in session. Continue reading Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember→
It’s almost time to head back into the Lyon’s Den as FOX’s hit show Empire returns for its’ much anticipated second season.
After scoring the award for the highest season finale rating in nearly a decade with 21.1 million viewers, there’s no reason not to get excited about the upcoming season. Due to it’s huge success last time around, FOX has given the show 18 episodes.
Show-runner Ilene Chaiken recently spoke to various press outlets about the really great opportunities the show’s producers have been granted with season 2.
“Fox gave us this really great schedule and plan for unveiling the show. Two pods—10 episodes in the fall and eight in the spring, with a hiatus in between. Nothing is different. We’re able to devote as much time and attention to each episode as we did in the first season. We’ll get a little bit of a break in between to catch our breath, writers and actors, and the show will be every bit as good.”
When the show returns on September 23rd, three months will have elapsed since the arrest of Lucious Lyon. There will be tons of twist and turns that will make will make fans of the show leave wanting more each week.
Lots of guest stars are expected to appear including Chris Rock, Pitbull and Ludacris. There have been talks about Mariah Carey, Oprah and Denzel Washington guest starring as well.
A new character played by actress Bre-Z will also be introduced. Freda Gatz is described as a “baby-faced emcee,” according to Billboard. Gatz has won more rap battles than the best male vets on her block. She’s moody, outspoken and a force to be reckoned with.
Last season, director Lee Daniels had viewers talking when character Jamal Lyon revealed he was gay. It was a challenging conversation for the Lyons to face especially considering the stigmas that come with being gay in the hip-hop industry. This season will be no different as Daniels says he wants to continue to push the envelope for broadcast television. Breakout star Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie, seems to agree with Daniels’ sentiment.
“Primetime television has been safe for so long and I think that’s why Empire has had the impact that it has had—because it’s almost the cable formula. We’re just not using the words. We can’t say certain words, but Cookie can certainly say it with a look. And you know what she means.”
The music will be better than ever with Timbaland returning as a musical producer. R&B star Ne-Yo has also been added as the show’s songwriter for all the new songs that will be heard throughout the season and on the soundtrack.
You can watch the trailer for season two below, and don’t forget to catch the season premiere on September 23rd.
We’ll have more on Empire‘s upcoming season debut on Friday! Stay tuned!
Alright friends, before we get started we must all collectively pick our jaws up off the floor; I know they’ve been there since Wednesday night’s crazy finale of our favorite show. Okay, crazy is understatement.
It was insane, outrageous, and flat out nuts!
I had to go back and re-watch both episodes just for you all (partly because my mom kept asking me questions and because SO MUCH happened). Now, before we start chatting, even though we all know Empire went out with a bang, how big was the bang?
The first hour of the finale had 15.577 million viewers.
BUT WAIT – the second hour of the finale had a whopping 17.5 million viewers!
*SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, you may want to come back and read after you have*
Well folks, I don’t know about you but I am still stunned by this week’s dose of melodrama from FOX’s highest rated show this season. Every Wednesday when the clock strikes nine we wait by our televisions for our favorite musical drama (and to see Cookie’s sassy antics and killer outfits, duh). The music is catchy and the acting is bearable so we tune in faithfully and this week was a treat to say the least.
When the drama begins we see Lucius Lyon having to make a decision that seems like a no brainer about who to bring with him to the hospital after fainting. The fact that he had to think twice about whether to bring Anika or Cookie really gave us clues about what was to come. There have been flirty vibes and romantic gazes exchanged all season between Cookie and Lyon so when they…well, let’s save the best for last shall we.
Well, ladies and gents, I have returned and I have found what I believe will be one of the best series on television this year.
Empire, created by Lee Daniels, director of the powerful film The Butler, made its debut on FOX tonight . The show features two Oscar-nominated actors, Maryland-native Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. Coincidentally (or not), the pair were also the stars of the 2005 Indie/hip hop film Hustle & Flow. When I first watched the trailer for the first time around Christmas, I started calling the show ‘Hustle & Flow Part II’ and after watching the pilot episode, I stand by that.
As the show opened and Lucious Lyon, played by Howard, began with a monologue about selling drugs at the age of nine on the streets of Philadelphia, and the familiar line of how “music saved my life,” I couldn’t help but reminisce about DJay selling mixtapes out the trunk of his car at the bar. But anywho.