‘Empire’, Fox’s New Big Hit
Heading into this television season FOX was ranking in last among the four broadcast networks in ratings but then on January 7th 2015 Empire debuted. Created by Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winning writer Danny Strong, Empire stars Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyons, a former drug dealer turned hip hop mogul and CEO of Empire Entertainment and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Lucious’ outspoken ex-wife who served 17 years in prison after taking the fall for running drugs that financed Lucious’ early career. Centering around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders’ family as they fight for control of the company. The Main cast also includes
Malik Yoba and up and comers Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Grace Gealey and Kaitlin Doubleday.
With Academy Award winners Cuba Gooding Jr and Gabourey Sidibe along with other big names such as super model Naomi Campbell, and Grammy Award winner Macy Gray, making appearances and not to mention Academy Award winner The Denzel Washington being rumored to join the cast very soon, the wild but relatable twists and turns of the plotline, and with the program’s original music by super producer Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Empire is FOX’s saving grace. Already being picked up for a second season, the network calls the hip hop drama the “ perfect show for FOX” .
Kenya Moore Gets Served!
In what is the latest in an ongoing reality TV feud, Kenya Moore posted a photo on her Instagram of a cease and desist letter accusing her of libel and slander from her fellow "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast mate NeNe Leakes. Moore was surprised and blindsided when she received the letter stating, “ I think this is a way for her to control everyone and everything around her. However, she can not control freedom of speech particularly when she has done and said worse over the course of seven years to numerous housewives.” “NeNe has called me a liar, crazy, insinuated I was sleeping around, and stated I should be fired amongst a host of other things,” Moore continued, “However, her opinion of me has never mattered.”
Both Moore and Leakes have taken shots at each other on the show but Moore, who is double duty raising money for her charity on “The Apprentice”, says she has never considered taking legal action against her cast mate.
Briefly: KeKe Palmer is confirmed to sing the National Anthem at this year’s 2015 All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday February 13th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The actress/singer has also just been cast in the highly-anticipated new FOX show, “Scream Queens”, whose star-studded cast of characters includes Lea Michele (Glee), Ariana Grande, and Nick Jonas. Production is set to begin this spring.