Cookie's 5 Scene Stealing Moments From FOX's New Drama 'Empire'

January 14th, 2015 1:39pm EST
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...

4 Reasons To Watch Fox's Musical Drama 'Empire'

January 14th, 2015 11:20am EST
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...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Coming Out'

January 14th, 2015 10:18am EST
New Girl
People like Jessica Day just care what other people think about them, and there is no point in telling them not to. Too bad she works with a bunch of insatiably horny and absurdly irrational people. “New Girl” is one of the best shows right now at exploring those forces that make young adults tick, with sex drive as one of those biggest forces. So it should be expected that another group on this show besides the loftmates would have wild freak outs over hookup-related frustration.

What is not expected is just how unreasonable Jess’ colleagues are. This season has excelled at the develo...

'Mulaney' Recap: Paul Shaffer, Kevin Eubanks, And Now You

January 12th, 2015 9:45am EST
“Mulaney” has struggled to come up with a dynamic among John and his roommates that makes much sense or is reliably amusing to the point that it would be wise to just jettison that part of the show completely. The next best thing to do would be to actually integrate John’s personal life with his professional life, which “Worlds Collide” actually managed to do, and fairly successfully. It was not enough to suddenly declare “Mulaney” appointment viewing in the first of what is likely its final batch of episodes, but it was entertaining enough to not be depressing.

“Mulaney” actually took o...

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Godfather Knows Best

January 12th, 2015 9:18am EST
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Season 2 Episode 13 Recap: Godfather Knows
Finally, someone's showing a little appreciation for Yahoo Answers, and its unquestionable status as the worst source of advice for everyone, ever (although it's helpful if you've ever smelled your husband's gas to determine his faithfulness).

"Payback," last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," gave Yahoo Answers two separate shoutouts (both from Jake), an admirable show of gratitude for such an awful place.

But more importantly, "Payback" was another win for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine;" a hugely funny episode that, in combination with last week's hugely funny episode, suggests the show is coming back...

'Bob's Burgers' Recap: Belcherdict Arnold

January 12th, 2015 8:49am EST
Bob's Burgers
The Belchers keep their cool in the face of obsession. They are not lacking for their own ambitions, but they care too much about what is right to let their desires get in the way of what is really important. That is why Tina, Gene, and Louise have the “Gene’s hairy mole” solution. And it is why Bob and Linda have always been able to survive Hugo’s overzealous inspections.

Picking hairs off Gene’s back has thus far been a foolproof system for ensuring an impartial solution whenever the kids reach an impasse. It is a manifestation of how they avoid being swayed by the Sasha’s of the wor...

'American Idol' 2015 Premiere Recap: Audition 1- Nashville

January 8th, 2015 9:31am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Premiere Recap: First Stop Nashville
Last night, American Idol returned for its fourteenth season.The show that built mega stars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood had a few major changes. One change was to introduce us to the top 24...before auditions.

Oddly, we didn't really meet them. We just saw their outlines and heard their voices. American Idol 14 also decided to let fans see more behind the scenes action. These changes will either make the series seem more human, or less. The verdict is still out on which one.

One thing that remained the same was the judges: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. T...

'New Girl' Recap: 'Shark'

January 7th, 2015 10:19am EST
New Girl
How many times does it take for sitcom characters to learn a lesson for that lesson to fully take? This genre has been known for concluding episodes with some clear edification, and while it is no longer as frequently blatant as it was in the heyday of Miller-Boyett, it is still very much a part of the landscape. So what tends to happen is that the same lesson is learned multiple times by the same character. This is not necessarily inconsistent or unrealistic; sometimes re-learning is essential to really internalize a lesson. That just has to be the truth, because otherwise some of the ...

'Sleepy Hollow' Review: 5 Questions Raised By 'Paradise Lost'

January 6th, 2015 8:54am EST
'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: 5 Questions Raised By 'Paradise Lost'
When we last left Sleepy Hollow, everything that had been built up for the last season and a half crumbled in a matter of minutes. Henry, the elderly son of Katrina and Ichabod, betrayed his demon master, Moloch, and ended the rising and impending Apocalypse. And all because Moloch didn’t love him enough. After months of building up a bloody battle that could decide the fate of the world, our heroes and their sidekicks were left tied up, helpless, and mere witnesses to the destruction of Moloch. Is it any wonder that Ichabod, Abbie, and the rest of the crew spent most of the return from hia...

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Holt, the Party Pooper

January 5th, 2015 9:29am EST
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: Holt, the Party Pooper
At the TCAs last year, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-creator Michael Schur talked about the show like it was a giant comedy soup.

"We are a chef, and we are going to make a new recipe, and it's got the following ingredients: Chelsea Peretti and Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio. And, then, you end up coming up with a really fun story. And we are at the point- and we got to the point very quickly- where you can take any two, three, four, five of these people and put them in a room together, and it's going to be fun. And that's a real luxury from a writing standpoint."

There's no better example o...