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Who's Hooking Up With Who On The 'Empire' Set?

March 26th, 2015 9:01am EDT
'Empire' Co-Stars Grace Gealey & Trai Byers Are Dating, Had An '
"Empire" has a new romance in the works -- off set, that is. Co-stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers are dating. The pair hit it off almost immediately after they first met while making the hit FOX series.

A source told Us Weekly, "They started seeing each other during the shooting of the show. There was an instant attraction, people working on the show are aware about it. When they all hang out together they'll cuddle and give a kiss, but it's nothing obscene."

On the show, Byers plays Andre Lyon, son of the king of hip-hop, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), and ex-wife Cookie Lyon (Taraji P....
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The 'Empire' Finale Delivered With A Punch And Then Some!

March 19th, 2015 10:34am EDT
'Empire' Season 1 Finale Recap: Long Live The New Lyon King
A girl fight, major character death and a Lyon gets caged. “Empire” writers pulled out all the tropes for the season finale. And not one sudsy scene disappointed. But you will be if you’re trying to avoid spoilers. So, consider this fair warning. Do not read beyond this point if “Empire” is still on your must-watch TV list.

Now that it’s just us. Let’s dive into “Die But Once” episode. Lucious (Terrence Howard) is tinkering on his piano until his ALS flare-up has him seeing double. As if that’s not enough to tap down, Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) comes bursting into his office with a to-do list...
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'Empire' Wins The Day Over Madonna

March 19th, 2015 8:24am EDT
'Empire' Soundtrack Outpaces Madonna For Top Spot On The Billboa
Who would’ve ever thought that the iconic Madonna would miss out on a number one album? Well, that’s exactly what happened this week as Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire outpaced Madge’s Rebel Heart to take the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Empire impacted to the tune of 130,000 units, while Madonna’s 121,000 units left her settling for second place.

Luke Bryan wasn’t even mentioned in the tightly contested race for number one, as Spring Break…Checkin’ Out always seemed to be aiming for third. Ultimately, the numbers aren’t earth shattering, but it is respectable the...
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'Empire' Season 2 Wish List

March 18th, 2015 2:01pm EDT
Empire - 'Die But Once/Who I Am' Season Finale
It’s nearly a wrap on “Empire’s” freshman season and as difficult as it is to bid these characters adieu (Cookie, don’t go.) at least we know they’ll be back for a second season. All the more reason to get our bids in for what we want to see next. Lee Daniels, executive producer, teased media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Oscar winning performer Common will make appearances in season two. But all other talk about the sophomore season has been as secretive as Cookie and Malcolm’s love affair. Mainly because it’s in the writing stages. Let’s see if the writers will be keen on these ideas.

All Rela...
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Best Songs From The Empire Soundtrack

March 12th, 2015 5:15pm EDT
6 Best Songs From Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of 'Empire'
What’s the hottest show on TV right now? Empire. And when a show is hot, particularly one driven by it’s music, you milk it for everything it is worth. It makes perfect sense for the hip-hop soap opera to issue a soundtrack, particularly after how successful the first season has been. One thing to remember is that the soundtrack is indeed a soundtrack.

The best songs from the Empire soundtrack are unsurprisingly those that most impact the script of the show. Even if the music of Empire makes perfect contextual sense within the show, making a compilation soundtrack into a memorable li...
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'Empire': Lucious Reveals A Huge Secret!

March 12th, 2015 9:16am EDT
'Empire' Recap 'Sins Of The Father' - Lucious Shocks With Secret
There are consequences to being the offspring of Lucious Lyons (Terrence Howard). The whole family felt the dangerous effects of them in the penultimate episode “Sins of the Father.”

Mama Lyon aka Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) visits Andre at a psychiatric clinic and learns that bipolar disorder isn’t a “white person’s disease.” It affects everyone, including a Lyon. Michelle White (Jennifer Hudson) thinks music is the best cure for Andre. Hakeem and Jamal believe chatting about Empire’s IPO will do the trick. Neither work as Andre is only interested in making a paper airplane than talking to ...
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New Music Releases To Check Out

March 10th, 2015 8:00am EDT
The 'Empire' Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In
Another week, more new music – that’s one way too look at it! This week, all five of the releases gracing this list are interesting. There is indeed something for everybody, but many who have been watching a certain show named Empire will want to sink their teeth into the soundtrack that has been music to their ears since it bowed. Then others may want to hear what Madonna sounds like in 2015. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little spring break with Luke Bryan. Here are five albums to check out this week!

1) Empire Cast, Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire (Columbi...
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Check Out 'Empire's' 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments Last Night!

March 5th, 2015 10:52am EST
'Empire's' 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments Of 'Unto The Breach'
As “Empire” prepares to wrap up its freshman season (only two episodes left, guys) we’re treated with more juicy drama from Andre, Jamal and Hakeem’s mama. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) wasn’t the only one bringing the fire. Anika lit the match last week aligning with Lucious’ enemy Baretti (Judd Nelson). In “Unto the Breach” we see which Lyon gets burned by the betrayal.

Bye Felicia...er Anika
Just as Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Anika put on their best aww-worthy performance as a happily engaged couple for the wedding planner, Cookie shatters the faux fairytale by exposing her dirty little ...
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'Empire' Recap 'Lyon's Roar' Jamal’s Coming Out Song

February 26th, 2015 11:56am EST
Empire - FOX
The last time the Lyon’s family put on a united front—that wasn’t a publicity stunt---was right before Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) went to prison. Sadly they’re even more divided now that she’s out.

Inspired by her and Lucious’ sexual reunion, Cookie wants to bring the whole family together for a Lyon’s legacy album and accompanying documentary. It will kill two birds with one stone: make Lucious immortal and mend family ties (at least some of them.) Basking in the day after hookup, Lucious (Terrence Howard) agrees. But Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) warns him about seconds.

“You want Cookie’s n...
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What Will 'Empire's' Boo Boo Kitty Do?

February 25th, 2015 3:31pm EST
What Will 'Empire's' Boo Boo Kitty Do?
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Look out Lucious (Terrence Howard) because Anika is that woman. SPOILER ALERT! Last week, Boo Boo Kitty got a front row seat to witnessing Lucious and his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) having sex in their bedroom. And based on the preview below that isn’t the only secret she’s uncovered.

Anika also knows that Lucious had her daddy commit fraud when he gave him a clean bill of health on an IPO report. Boo Boo Kitty warns that if her daddy is going down so is the Lyon clan.

With two major guilt trips over his head, Lucious is stuck between a rock...
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‘Empire’ Recap: ‘Our Dancing Days’ Lucious Reveals He's Sick

February 19th, 2015 10:28am EST
Empire - FOX
We were waiting, hoping and yearning for Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious’ (Terrence Howard) lips to meet in those tender teases last week. Well, I’m happy to report not only did they kiss, they hooked up. In Lucious’ bed. While Anika spotted them in the doorway.

And that’s only one shocking moment from “Empire’s” seventh episode, “Our Dancing Days.” The ep kicks off with the Lyons’ den (Cookie, Lucious and Vernon) prepping for the company’s investor showcase; Empire is putting their top artists on display to woo deep pocket investors before the much ballyhooed IPO offering.

As the L...
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Who Should Takeover 'Empire'?

February 18th, 2015 3:21pm EST
Empire - FOX
It’s nearly the halfway mark (remember “Empire” has only 13 episodes) of the season. So now It’s time to size up the Lyons’ den players we’d love (Cookie! Cookie! Cookie!), and hate (looking at you, Boo Boo Kitty) see ruling Empire records.

Starting with the immediate heirs to the throne; Andre (Trai Byers), Jamal (Jussie Smollet) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray).

Andre Lyon, Eldest Son (The Suit)

Pros: He knows the business side of Empire records inside and out and that’s beneficial to helping the company go public. The music business is full of sharks and he’s one of them; Andre will bl...
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'Empire' Recap: 'Out, Damned Spot' Cookie’s the Odd Wo(man) Out

February 12th, 2015 10:14am EST
'Empire' Recap: 'Out, Damned Spot' Cookie’s The Odd Wo(man) Out
Ignorance is not necessarily bliss when you’re a part of the Lyons’ family. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) Vernon (Malik Yoba) and Michael learn that hard lesson in “Out, Damned Spot” and are forced to confront hard truths.

"Empire's" sixth episode kicks off with Cookie getting glamorous, while vintage Lil Kim (“The Jump Off”) blasts in the background. I love this nod to the past that Cookie is still stuck in. (Fun Fact: Taraji P. Henson says Lil Kim is one of the influencers in portraying Cookie.)

It’s no wonder who she’s getting made up for. The red rose that may have unintentionally started...
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'Empire' Recap: 'Dangerous Bonds' This Means War

February 5th, 2015 9:45am EST
Empire
The fifth episode of “Empire” played out like a high-intensity chess match and only two people could claim check mate: Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Andre. The two with little to no moral compass, go figure. Their schemes got Hakeem and Jamal exactly where they wanted them to be, at war.

The episode kicks off with TaKeem waltzing down the red carpet. They're being interviewed by a reporter, who unsubtly tells Hakeem he would be nothing without his father. Not so far-fetched a theory considering his grind mode. Tiana sticks up for him and shows a surprising amount of affection in the limeli...
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'Empire' Recap 'False Imposition' Cookie And Lucious Unleash Their Vulnerabilities

January 29th, 2015 10:26am EST
Empire
It’s nice to know behind the heavy makeup, ostentatious bling and loads of other materialistic excess there are beating hearts (and, for some even souls) inside the wolf pack that makes up “Empire.” How do I know? Because we watched them bleed in the most recent episode, “False Imposition.”

The fourth episode opens with Lucious (Terrence Howard) giving Hakeem another stern talking to about getting serious about his craft, being in the studio more, one upping his brother, yada, yada, yada. Speaking of Jamal, we have word he’s been cast off to the boondocks aka Bushwick, Brooklyn. Poor Dora ...
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5 Scoops: Spoilers For 'How To Get Away With Murder,' 'Scandal,' 'Empire' And More

January 28th, 2015 10:57am EST
How I Met Your Mother
This TV blogger couldn’t be happier! Not only are there an impressive new batch of mid-season premieres to consume, Shondaland has finally re-opened, giving me even more delicious spoilers to share! Here are five scoops on “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Scandal,” “Empire” and more!

Liar Liar? Remember when "How To Get Away With Murder's" Conor had a full-on post-murder anxiety attack, ran back to his ex-boyfriend's house and lied that he was freaking out because of a drug problem? Did you wonder why he picked that cover story so readily? Jack Falahee dished to EW.com about his do...
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6 Pearl-Clasping Moments Of Showdown On 'Empire's' 'The Devil Quotes Scripture'

January 22nd, 2015 10:05am EST
'Empire' Recap: 6 Pearl-Clasping Moments Of Showdown - 'The Devi
Heavy is the head that wears the crown and Lucious’ (Terence Howard) throne was really tested in “The Devil Quotes Scripture;” third episode of “Empire.” It’s him versus the world. And the world being a pesky manager, a disloyal ex-wife and rebellious son. We countdown the six most shade-worthy showdowns in “The Devil Quotes Scripture.”

“Now, Who Needs Protection”

Within the first 15 minutes of the episode Lucious is threatened by one of his artist’s (Veronica, the bald-headed balladeer we were introduced to in the pilot episode of “Empire.”) manager. The confrontational manager sticks hi...
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'Empire' Recap: No Apologies - 'The Outspoken King'

January 15th, 2015 9:42am EST
'Empire' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap: No Apologies - 'The Outspoke
If secrets were tombstones the Lyons’ family would inherit several cemeteries. And if Lucious (Terrence Howard) had his way he’d keep them all six feet under, alongside Bunkie (RIP, buddy). It’s a good thing we’ve got Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) snooping for answers, on her iPhone to uncover her boss’ three year life expectancy. Some skeletons have to creep out.

Lucious’ secret is safe for now, but how long before Cookie’s shocking reveal as a snitch for the Feds is uncovered? Judging by next week’s promos, not long.

Let’s jump into the second episode of “Empire.” “The Outspoken King” ep lau...
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Cookie's 5 Scene Stealing Moments From FOX's New Drama 'Empire'

January 14th, 2015 1:39pm EST
Empire
Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) came in like a storm cloud over Lucious Lyons’ (Terrence Howard) music “Empire”, vowing to “take back what’s hers.” And the mink-clad, potty-mouthed, possible niece to Mr. ‘Godfather of Soul’ Brown has no qualms about her H.B.I.C. takeover. In the words of Lucious, “the queen has returned.” Watch how she holds court…and demands respect.

Long Overdue Mama Beat Dow

Cookie waited 17 years in jail, do you think she’ll wait 17 minutes to see her youngest son, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray)? Uh, uh. So, Hakeem’s shape up and side-eyed barber be damned, she storms in out of l...
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4 Reasons To Watch Fox's Musical Drama 'Empire'

January 14th, 2015 11:20am EST
Empire
Fox kicked 2015 off not a bang, but with a slammin' beat thanks their new hip hopera, “Empire” starring Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. The series focuses on a fractured family, namely the secretly ill patriarch, Lucious, who needs one of his vastly different sons to run the titular record label. Cookie, Lucious’s drug-dealing ex-wife, is released from prison just in time to vie for power within the company herself. It’s "Dynasty" with gasp-worthy dialogue, modern swagger and thankfully no shoulder pads.

Here are 4 reasons to make “Empire” the headliner for Wednesd...
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9 Million Viewers Tune In To 'Windfall'

June 12th, 2006 11:58am EDT
Luke Perry stars in Windfall
Thursday night's debut of Windfall delivered the highest adult 18-49 rating for a premiering summer drama in nearly six years, according to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

At 10 p.m. ET, the premiere of "Windfall" (9 million viewers overall) scored the highest 18-49 rating for a debuting summer drama since the summer of 2000 ("Mysterious Ways," NBC, July 24, 2000). "Windfall" easily topped last summer's two drama debuts, Fox's "The Inside" and ABC's Empire.

In "Windfall," money changes everything for a group of 20 young adult friends who pool their ca...
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