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“Empire” renewed for Season 3

It’s been said that there are only two things in life that are certain, Death and Taxes. I think we can add a third thing to the list, Empire gets renewed.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, FOX has announced that the Lyon family gets another season to mess with each other. At this point we don’t know how many episodes they will get, Empire had twelve episodes in S1 and eighteen in S2, which is still running. There has been some discussion in the fandom as to whether or not eighteen episodes was a good idea, as the show had some problems with pacing this season. I’m hoping they will cut back to more like fifteen to keep the quality up.

The other big issue with the show has been the never ending stream of guest stars and how they have taken the focus off the Lyons. Note to Lee Daniels: Honey I know it’s hard to turn down that long line of famous faces scratching at your door begging for a role, but find your spine, OK? We are there for one reason and one reason only, Cookie and the rest of the Lyons. Let me put it in pictures for you: Continue reading “Empire” renewed for Season 3

Yet another honor for Taraji P Henson

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Taraji P Henson arrives at the Accessories Council awards Nov 2, 2015. This is what success looks like!

One has to wonder just how big the Taraji Bandwagon has to be to hold all the people who have jumping on since the premiere of Empire. The right answer appears to be “Pretty damn big” as yet another honor was announced this morning hot on the heels of her receiving the Influencer Award from the Accessories Council just last night, now she is to be honored along with Amy Schumer at the VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly party.

“Amy Schumer and Taraji P. Henson dominated the cultural conversation and helped define the biggest moments in pop culture throughout 2015,” Chris McCarthy, General Manager of VH1 and Logo Networks, said in a release.

You can read more about it in Entertainment Weekly. The show airs December 7 at 9pm on VH1.

I get insanely happy whenever I read about Taraji getting more recognition. I first became a fan of hers on Person of Interest and I furious when her character was killed off for the younger, beiger character. (Her character remains the only major character killed off the show despite the producers claims that anyone can die at any time. The white people are all still alive.) Since then POI has dropped in the ratings like a paralyzed falcon and Taraji has soared. Living well is truly the best revenge.

Empire Gets It’s Season 2 Premiere at Carnegie Hall

As the old joke goes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice!”

Or you could just be the hottest show on TV and get your second season premiere in a standing room only event at the legendary venue.

The Empire phenomenon kept on keeping on with a star studded red carpet event. You can go here to see all the pictures, but you know we have to show you the Queen of TV, Taraji P Henson in her take on the little black dress:

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Yeah, this lady just turned 45. Hello there! Continue reading Empire Gets It’s Season 2 Premiere at Carnegie Hall

Lee Daniels teases Mariah Carey’s role in Empire

Lee Daniels had an interesting conversation with EW about Mariah Carey’s announced role on Empire.

“This season of Empire, premiering Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox, is full of incredible guest stars, including Chris Rock, Ludacris, Marisa Tomei, and Vivica A. Fox. But the star that’s gotten the most press without even shooting a scene of the Fox hit? Mariah Carey.

Co-creator Lee Daniels, a pal of Carey’s, has said that she will appear on the show, and he echoed the same statement when EW spoke to him about Empire’s latest season. “Mariah is coming on,” he says. “We are trying to crack a story for her now. As with Mariah, she wants it her way. But as with Lee Daniels, I want it my way. So it’s the usual back-and-forth with mamacita until we figure out exactly what it’s going to be. We’re very close to cracking story for her. But we’re very excited.”

And will Carey play herself? “I think it would be great to play her but she doesn’t want to play her so that’s what we’re doing,” says Daniels. “She’s giving us the hard assignment of trying to create a character which we’re doing right now. I think she’s going to be in our finale, which I’ll be directing.”

Hmmm. Given Mariah’s well deserved reputation for being a hard-core diva, I’m not really sure if I’m there for this or not.

Happy Birthday Taraji P. Henson

The Queen of TV turns the big 4-5 today! It warms my heart to see such a deserving person taking the world by storm. The best part is that Fox and Empire seem to understand and appreciate what they have in her:

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This is how you promote your star people! Given how she got pushed to background and then killed off in her previous TV gig, it’s good to see.

Eonline sends her a love letter as well.

“Cookie is (finally) getting Taraji P. Henson the recognition she deserves. This woman has an Oscar nom, people! Yet, somehow, we’re still seeing her portrayal of Cookie described as a breakout role. Her acting resumé runs the gamut from Hustle & Flow to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (where she received said Oscar nom). And, don’t think I didn’t love I Can Do Bad All by Myself, girl. I can think of no one more worthy of one million girl crushes. First stop: The Emmys. Next stop: World domination.”

Girl, she is well on her way! We’ll take her over Donald Trump any day.

Debbie Allen on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and directing the ‘Empire’ season finale

I have loved Debbie Allen ever since I first saw her in Fame. I was in college during the run of the how and while I didn’t have a lot of time to watch TV, Fame was appointment TV for me despite my busy schedule.

Debbie is very much in demand as a director recently. As a matter of fact, she has done so much that I think I’m going to set a record for the number of tags I’m going to have to put on this post!

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Debbie sat down and talked with Variety about her busy life

Debbie Allen rose to fame with “Fame,” serving as a director, producer and choreographer. She was also the first black woman to be Emmy-nominated in the dramatic lead actress category. More than three decades later, she has a recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and is a frequent director — and now exec producer of the show. “It’s a little crazy, but what a great life,” Allen tells Variety. “I’m like a cat on a hot tin roof that somehow landed on all fours.”

What are your new responsibilities on “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 12, being a director, actor and exec producer?

I’m very involved in every episode, in terms of production design. I’m selecting the directors this season, looking over everything from makeup and hair to the actors’ concerns. I spend a lot of time with the writers, which I love.

How do you balance acting in an episode that you’re also directing and producing?

It’s actually how I started on “Fame.” I trained in acting, literature and theater, so talking to actors is something I’m really used to doing. That gives me a little bit of an edge sometimes. I know how to speak the actor’s language. On “Fame,” I started as Ms. Lydia Grant and I was the choreographer, but I soon became their favorite director because I knew how to shoot the dance and then I understood the acting. Doing it all at the same time is how I came into it.

Continue reading Debbie Allen on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and directing the ‘Empire’ season finale

Taraji P Henson and Gina Rodriguez Share Glamour’s October Cover

The October Glamour Magazine focuses on TV and two of our favorite WOC are gracing the cover. Taraji P Henson and Gina Rodriquez split cover duties with Emma Roberts, talking about how they have broken racial barriers in Hollywood.

Remember during the Sony email scandal the executive talked about how a black person couldn’t open a film over seas? Well Taraji’s experience is some what different:

“[Cookie] is everybody’s alter ego. She crosses cultures,” Henson tells the magazine of her Empire character. “[Last year] we went to Paris and screened the pilot for a thousand people. Lee Daniels [the series’ co-creator] brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas.”

Take that Sony!

Taraji’s Cover:
Taraji's Glamour Cover

Read the rest of her interview here.

According to Golden Globe winner Gina, her show isn’t “just a Latino” show:

“People say this is a Latino show. But this is just a show that happens to have people with ancestors who come from other countries,” she says.

Here’s her cover:
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Read Gina’s interview here.