Deets are spilling on what fans can expect for season 3 of “Empire.” Find out what’s going to go down, plus peep flicks of Taraji P. Henson, Keke Palmer, Christina Milian, Keesha Sharp and more at the summer TCA panels inside…
Before season 3 of “Empire” return this fall, the cast and crew are spilling some tea on what fans can expect this upcoming season.
Yesterday, lead star Taraji P. Henson, showrunner Ilene Chaiken and executive producer Sanaa Hamri took center stage at the “Empire” panel discussion for the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. And they dished on Cookie Lyon getting another love interest.
Ilene teased that Taye Diggs’ character, politician Angelo Dubois, may come after Cookie in season 3, but in a romantic way.
“His story is all about Cookie,” Chaiken told reporters. “It starts out as a Jamal story and, like everything else, everybody intersects. But it’s primarily a story about Cookie.”
When asked if Taye’s character will be romantically linked to Taraji’s character, she responded, “He certainly would like to be.” Oh? We’re here for it!
It won’t be easy though. He’s going to have to work for it, according to Taraji. In season 3, Cookie is going to try and leave Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), so if he plays his cards right, he may end up being her new arm candy. “He’s going to have to work because Cookie’s gotten her heart broken way too many times,” Taraji added.
There are also talks of an “Empire” spinoff show.
“There’s a good chance there will be a spinoff,” said Ilene. “The show offers so many opportunities. Potential spinoffs with these characters – sure!”
We told you yesterday Mariah Carey joined the cast in a guest-starring role and now we know she has already filmed her scenes for the new season.
“She was great,” Taraji said. “She’s fabulous; I wish I could wear a leotard like that. What she brings to the music industry she brought to the show. I’m glad Mariah spent time with little old us.”
“Empire” will return September 21st on FOX. Y’all ready?
A new comedy horror series is coming to FOX, starring singer/actress Christina Milian.
The 34-year-old star, who will play Magenta, joined her “Rocky Horror Picture Show” castmates to chat it up about how they worked with dialect coaches in order to get a feel for their characters without copying the performances of the actors before them in the reboot.
Before the panel, C-Milli took over USA Today's SnapChat to give fans a behind-the-scenes sneak peek:
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"Rocky Horror Picture Show" debuts October 20th on FOX.
On another panel...
Actors Keesha Sharp and Damon Wayans hit the panel for their new reboot series “Lethal Weapon,” based on the famed ’80s/’90s film franchise.
“The most recent movie, Lethal Weapon 4, was grounded in comedy,” said EP Matt Miller, “but in order to do something that had legs, you have to have some depth. So we rebooted the story with their backstories. It’s really about two guys who are broken and need each other.”
Damon will star as L.A.P.D detective Roger Murtaugh and Keesha will play his wife Trish Murtaugh. Fans can expect the remake to premiere September 21st on FOX.
Actor DB Woodside and his co-star Tricia Helfer were front and center at the “Gotham/Lucifer” panel discussion to chop it up about season 2 of “Lucifer.”
“Gotham” and “Lucifer” are set to premiere on Monday, September 19th at 8pm and 9pm EST respectively.
YBF actress Joy Bryant was also on the scene to promote AMAZON’s new pilot “Good Girls Revolt.” According to Deadline, the project is set in 1969 at the beginning of the women’s rights movement when a group of young women at the hottest magazine in the world ask to be treated fairly, setting off a convulsive chain of events.
The “Parenthood” actress will play civil rights activist Eleanor Holmes Norton. Production kicked off this month in NYC.
“Good Girls Revolt” will hit the small screen on October 28th on FOX.
Below are the FAB arrivals of our YBF faves at the summer TCA afterparty...
After the show, it’s the afterparty! And Taraji was on the scene to party it up in a flirty floral frock that she paired with Alexander Wang sandals.
All black everything! “Scream Queens” star Keke Palmer “werked” the carpet in leather pants, a crop top and a sheer top for the festivities. The 22-year-old starlet will return to the small screen when “Scream Queens” season 2 returns September 20th on FOX.
C-Milli was a total sex kitten on the carpet styling in a black sheer net peplum dress by Lexi Clothing that showed off major skin.
Christina's "Rocky Horror Picture Show" co-star Laverne Cox served sophisticated and sexy FAB.
Looking good! "Scream Queens" star and EMMY nominated actress Niecy Nash flossed her curves in a black Herve jumpsuit that hugged her in all the right places.
"Lethal Weapon" star Keesha Sharp strutted her stuff in a tight navy blue dress teetering on platform pumps.
Keesha's on-screen husband Damon Wayans kept it cool in his suit and sunglasses.
Chocolate drop! "Rosewood" star Morris Chestnut was his usual dapper self as he made his way down the carpet.
The beautiful Gabrielle Dennis was on the scene to party it up with her "Rosewood" co-stars and FOX family.
Morris' on-screen mom Lorraine Toussaint struck a pose before heading inside.
Outside of the party, Keke and her co-star Billie Lourd were cutting up at the ATM machine. Ha!
And here are a few flicks from inside the party, including "Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels:
Photos: Getty/Splash/Lee's IG/Niecy's IG