Glee was a good show up until it’s third season and when I felt the story became vapid, I yearned for a black musical. When I first saw previews of Empire last year as Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder went on break, I wondered how good the show would be. The time came when I realized it was a musical series, similar to FOX’s recent ending show Glee, but instead of performing Billboard hits, FOX and Lee Daniels reached out to Timbaland, a well-knowned music producer in the industry, to create official music for the show. With names such as Terrence Howard, Taraji Henson, and Malik Yoba reeled most of us in for the pilot. In addition, we were also introduced to newer faces in what I like to call the Light of Black Hollywood such as Bryshere Gray, acting in a series for the first time, Trai Byers who was in 90210 on the CW and the recent highly acclaimed film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay. Lastly is Jussie Smollett whose sister many of us know, Jurnee Smollett, performed in The Skinny, the hit series Revenge and The Mindy Project.
After a season of electrifying story telling, the Lyons and Cookie will be returning this fall with a full season run containing 18 episodes. 18 episodes of Cookie is all most of us want anyway. We wish the actors and crew the best on their production and will be tuning in for season 2. For more info on Empire please visit FOX and our website to keep you updated.
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