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Lucious Lyon's tale is one of rags-to-riches. Once a lowly dope-man and petty criminal, Lyon and his wife, Cookie, have risen to the top of the music industry. Now, blessed with three strong sons and immeasurable fortune, Lyon is beset on all sides by new foes and familiar woes: greed, avarice, and now, an aging man with a terminal disease, mortality. As Lucious struggles to secure his thrown and determine who will retain control of Empire Records as his health slowly fails him, he finds that fame and power are a threat not only to his business, but to his family as well.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on Fox
4 Seasons, 54 Episodes
January 7, 2015
Drama
7.8/10
Cast: Terrence Howard, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers
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  • The Lyon family stands together as Anika and Hakeem begin a custody battle for Bella. Although they're confident in Hakeem's ability as a father, no one is prepared for the revelations her team brings to the trial. Meanwhile, Claudia grows more possessive over Lucious, who has unlocked a new way to understand music through his paintings. Also, Jamal introduces Warren to Lucious, Andre begins seeing a new therapist, and one of Becky's old flames returns.

  • When the secret about Lucious' memory is exposed, Cookie attempts to convince the board that he is fine by inviting the press to watch him produce the first 20 for 20 album. Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker) jumps in to help Lucious get back in his groove and make music in the studio. Just as Andre's feelings for Detective Pamela Rose (guest star Teyonah Parris) intensify, she reveals information that's been uncovered regarding the explosion. Meanwhile, Hakeem worries about his secret involvement with the DuBois family and Claudia (guest star Demi Moore) helps Lucious with a breakthrough.

  • The race is on when Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire's 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label's top artists, giving Jamal a bold idea for his newest song. On the heels of Bella's first birthday, the family plans a special "Prince and Princesses"-themed birthday party, including a special Prince tribute, but the special day brings back haunting memories for one of the Lyons. Meanwhile, Lucious is at a crossroads, as he tries to put to rest the anger from his past life.

  • When Cookie is denied a line of credit, she flashes back to her years in prison and compares her past struggles to her life now. Lucious continues to struggle with demons of his own and begs his family to tell him about the ways he's wronged them, but they are reluctant to tell him the truth. Meanwhile, the NYPD is still on Andre's case about the events that transpired in Vegas and one officer in particular catches his eye.

  • With Leah still insisting that he is a monster, Lucious sneaks away in hopes of finding out what type of person he was before the explosion. Cookie panics that Lucious has gone missing on Claudia's watch, until she realizes he found his way to Uncle Eddie, a music icon who has since become family to the Lyons. Meanwhile, with Anika still behind bars, Hakeem and Tiana grow more comfortable as a family, and Becky makes a rash decision regarding Jamal's new song.

  • In celebration of Empire's 20th Anniversary, Lucious makes his first public appearance since the explosion in Las Vegas, but still has no memory of his family, Empire or his life before the accident. A devastated Cookie struggles to rebuild her relationship with him, while keeping a close eye on his nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore). Meanwhile, Andre is faced with an investigation by the LAPD surrounding the night of the explosion, Diana DuBois (guest star Phylicia Rashad) continues her war against the Lyons and the worlds of EMPIRE and STAR collide when Carlotta (guest star Queen Latifah) comes face-to-face with Cookie and Lucious.

  • As Lucious gets ready to launch EMPIRE Las Vegas with Giuliana at his side, Cookie pulls together her own team of allies to wreak havoc on the opening. The final five minutes will leave viewers speechless.

  • The Lyons fear that the Dubois family is to blame for their latest family crisis, so when no one is willing to give up any information, Cookie takes matters into her own hands. Jamal and Lucious reach a breakthrough in a song on which they have been working, and Andre lashes out. Meanwhile, Cookie sets her eyes on a new plan for Empire in Vegas.

  • Angelo's relationship with Cookie turns toxic and leaves her questioning her decisions. Hakeem makes a public plea for Lucious to give him paternity of Bella during his return to Empire Xstream. Meanwhile, Cookie becomes increasingly more suspicious of Lucious' intentions with Giuliana and Empire's future in Vegas, and Lucious and Jamal work overtime to finish their albums.

  • Cookie delivers Lucious news that makes him feel anxious about the future. In an effort to make Cookie jealous, Giuliana moves in on Lucious and persuades him to comply with her new plans.

  • Hakeem throws the ultimate 21st birthday party and live-streams it all on Empire Xstream. Meanwhile, the Lyons are on the defense now that Anika's motives are in question.

  • Angelo makes a disturbing discovery and is worried that Cookie hasn't put her past behind her, which threatens his chances of becoming the Mayor. Anika is faced with a life-changing decision after Tariq reveals his true intentions. Meanwhile, Hakeem's 21st birthday party takes an unexpected turn.

  • Cookie tries to move past her encounter with Lucious. Meanwhile, Leah seeks out Tariq's help in taking down Anika, and Jamal and Tory collaborate in the studio.

  • After releasing his fury on Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno. Cookie promises to dethrone him for good.

  • In an effort to help Angelo win the mayoral bid, Cookie organizes a free park concert. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate Lucious and freezes all of Empire's assets, which has major repercussions.

  • Andre intentionally ruins Tiana's big appearance at a fashion event in order to get Nessa some public attention. Meanwhile, Tariq teams up with Leah to try to bring down Lucious, and Jamal works with Philip to overcome his PTSD.

  • Cookie hopes Candace can share a few tips on how to plan an elaborate family dinner that will impress Angelo's mother, Diane. Meanwhile, old home videos cause Cookie to face secrets about her past.

  • When Empire is hacked, feuds erupt between artists and among the Lyon family. Andre uses the leak to his advantage, while Lucious attempts to drive a wedge between Cookie and Angelo.

  • Lucious and Andre anticipate Shine's retaliation after their latest business encounter failed. Jamal, who has yet to perform in front of his fans, teams up with Hakeem for a potentially beneficial performance.

  • Things intensify between Cookie and Angelo. Lucious finally recognizes Angelo as competiton and prepares to take him on.

  • In an effort to help Jamal overcome his fear of performing, Cookie calls in a favor with mega-superstar Kitty. Meanwhile, Andre encounters problems. Cookie and Lucious clash and Hakeem and Gram vie for Tiana's attention.

  • Following the shooting, Jamal teams up with businessman Angelo Dubois, to discuss gun violence and host a summit for awareness. When he tries to perform again, things go awry.

  • The third season opens where the second season left off. Hakeem was left jilted at the altar, Lucious and Anika married and Anika and Rhonda were on the roof arguing - when someone fell.

Empire News

'Empire' to Put Production on Hold

Empire is not the ratings monster it once was, but it's still a solid performer for Fox. That's why there's no reason to be alarmed at the news that the show's writers have asked for brief pause in production so that they can work on the second half of the season. Such a break is not unusual, and the series' producers say that the production hiatus will not affect the air schedule for the back half of the season.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Empire is pressing the pause button.

The hip-hop drama is set to take a production hiatus to plot the back-half of its current fourth season.

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The break will begin tomorrow, Nov. 8, once filming has completed on episode 409, and is expected to last somewhere between two and three weeks. The hiatus is expected to give the writers time to catch up and plot out the eight remaining episodes of the season, beginning with episode 410.

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The break would not impact the show's on-air schedule, as Empire normally takes a several-month-long break in the middle of the TV season following the fall finale, which is expected to air sometime in December.

This is old practice for the 20th Century Fox Television drama, which has instituted a similar break on every other season of the heavily serialized drama, starring Taraji. P. Henson and Terrence Howard.

While ratings have dipped from the show's breakout first season, Empire continues to rank as the network's top drama.

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Forest Whitaker Joins 'Empire' Cast

The Fox network says Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on “Empire” this fall.

Whitaker will play “Uncle Eddie,” a charismatic music mogul who long ago gave an unknown Lucious Lyon (series star Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay. Now, decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation. A grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites Eddie to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary.

Read the rest of this article at Page Six.

Forest Whitaker has appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Arrival.

'Empire' and 'Star' to Cross Over

It's official: the casts of Empire and Star about to meet.

Lee Daniels' two Fox music dramas will officially cross over in a special two-episode event this fall.

Fox will use the crossover, in which Star's Carlotta (Queen Latifah) come face-to-face with Empire's Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) for the first time, to launch the new seasons of both series.

The crossover is set for Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. with Empire's season four premiere. On the brink of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary, Lucious is set to make his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, while all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia (Demi Moore), have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties.

Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter.

Lee Daniels has also produced Monster's Ball and The Butler.

Bryshere Y. Gray Buys His Mom a New House

Bryshere Y. Gray, who plays Hakeem Lyon on the hit Fox show “Empire,” said the upside to fame was having the money to buy his mom a house.

The actor, who’s also known as rapper Yazz The Greatest, said, “The best thing that has happened to me was that I bought my mom a house. I had her just go and pick one out . . . I told her, ‘Don’t go crazy yet, but go get something very nice,’ and she did.”

Read the rest of this article at Page Six.

Bryshere Y. Gray has also appeared in The New Edition Story.

Chris Rock Admits to Infidelity

Chris Rock says he thought he could get away with cheating on his now ex-wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, because he was the breadwinner. The comedian discussed just that and more while talking candidly about his failed marriage in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

"Getting divorced, you have to f--king start over," he told the magazine. "You get to reset. It's not a breakdown, but something in your life broke down."

And he takes full responsibility for that break. During one of his recent shows on his Alimony Tour, Rolling Stone reports, the actor admitted he was a “piece of s--t” for cheating on his wife of 18 years and said that he thought he could get away with it because he made the money. He now realizes that’s not true.

Read the rest of this article at Us Weekly.

Chris Rock has appeared in Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Empire, Saturday Night Live, and many other films and TV series.

'Empire' Turns in Series-Low Ratings

The long road to the end of the broadcast season is going to generate some bummer headlines for a few TV powerhouses.

Empire nabbed another same-day series low on Wednesday, dropping another three-tenths of a ratings point from last week's low. It averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. And while that was enough to keep it as the night's highest-rated show, it was outwatched by Survivor, Criminal Minds and Chicago P.D. with 6.3 million viewers. Fox still won the night, with Shots Fired pulling a 0.9 rating in the key demo, but fatigue is evident in the flagship. Empire joins the much more senior Big Bang Theory in its late-season lows.

Speaking of series lows, Modern Family logged one as well. The ABC comedy was also down three-tenths of a point, averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 in between steady episodes of Speechless and Black-ish (1.3 adults). The Goldbergs was ABC's second-biggest of the night with a 1.5 rating in the key demo. (Designated Survivor earned a flat 1.1 rating in the key demo.)

Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter.

Just How Sick is Lucious on 'Empire'?

The entire first season of Empire (which seems like decades ago at this point) was centered on Lucious Lyon slowly dying of ALS and having to choose a son to be his successor. But as it turns out, Lucious has myasthenia gravis instead, which is not as severe as ALS, and things are mostly fine. Until now, that is. Will Lucious Lyon die on Empire? Previews for future episodes show him in critical condition.

According to Myasthenia.org, myasthenia gravis is “a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups.” That explains why doctors thought that Lucious’ muscle weakness was ALS and not MG, but it doesn’t explain (yet, at least) why Lucious is in bed with a breathing apparatus strapped to his face. My guess is that his MG is acting up, because the myasthenia website lists “difficulty breathing” as one of the common symptoms, along with “weakness in the arms and legs” and “chronic muscle fatigue.” Lucious is in bed, and he can’t breathe, so I’m going to take the medical degree I earned watching every episode of E. and Grey’s Anatomy and say this MG could be the case. Call me Dr. Drama, because I’ve seen everything. It could also be lupus, because on House, M.D., lupus was always an option.

Read the rest of this article at Bustle.

Rumer Willis Mixes Music, Acting on 'Empire'

When Rumer Willis’ Tory Ash debuted in Empire’s midseason premiere, it didn’t take long for her troubled past to surface.

Introduced as Jamal’s (Jussie Smollett) newest and closest confidant rehab, both Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) quickly began discussing her Heroin-induced meltdown that led to her stripping naked at Fenway Park before she was later found in a coma in a seedy motel.

“She was a big star, brilliant too,” Cookie said. “But that heroin knocked her ass right out of the sky.”

It’s a story that is unfortunately rings all too familiar in the music business, with heroin overdoses claiming the lives of Dee Dee Ramone, Sid Vicious and Janis Joplin, among many others. However, Willis says it was a much more recent figure that drew her to the recurring part.

“I was on tour, and I had a layover day in New York. My agents had reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, there’s this role on Empire to do this Amy Winehouse-type rock star,” Willis tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I was like, ‘I don’t need to see anything else. I’m going in. I don’t care if I’m tired.’”

Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter.

Empire Music Video: Get Me Right Ft. Nessa

Watch Nessa's performance of "Get Me Right" is interrupted by Hakeem and Tiana.

About Show: EMPIRE is a powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music. The show revolves around the Lyon family and their media company, Empire Entertainment. The founder, LUCIOUS LYON (Terrence Howard), is the king of hip-hop, but his company and reign are constantly threatened by his family, including his ex-wife, COOKIE LYON (Taraji P. Henson); his sons, JAMAL (Jussie Smollett), HAKEEM (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and ANDRE (Trai Byers); and a volatile and competitive music industry.

TV Ratings: 'Empire' Holds Strong in Return After 'Shots Fired' Premiere

Fox took home its first nightly victory in a while thanks to the return of "Empire".

The series, coming off a three-month hiatus that saw "This Is Us" pass it to become the top drama on broadcast, was unmoved in its midseason opener. It averaged a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. Both of those numbers marked incremental improvement from December.

Season to date, Empire has averaged a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers once live-plus-seven ratings are factored in, though multiplatform views have it even higher.

Read about the ratings for Survivor, Criminal Minds and more at The Hollywood Reporter.

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