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Find out who is in the casket on Empire tonight
May 8th, 2019 under Empire. [ Comments: none ]

Ever since the season premiere of Empire, the drama has hinted that, a Lyon will die. Tonight at 8p on Fox, we will find out who is in the closed casket.

We know it is not Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) because he is standing over the casket. It is also not Cookie (Taraji P. Hensen) because Lucious said she was in a car outside. That means it is one of his sons. Which one could it be?

Is it their youngest son? This season the show has found less and less to do with Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray). Have they run out of storylines for him? Maybe being dead would be his biggest storyline yet?

What about Jamal? Jussie Smollett was written off this season’s final two episodes because his personal life is more scandalous than anything that is happening on the show. Fox has also said that they have no plans to bring him back next season even though they renewed his contract. A phone call from Jamal early on in the episode sets up his fate. Do they have their easy out?

The most obvious choice is Andre (Trai Byers). He was diagnosed with terminal cancer that was miraculously cured with large amounts of chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the chemo saved him, but it destroyed his heart. He found out he has just weeks to live, so he decided to end his life on his terms. At the end of last week’s episode, he downed a bottle of pills. While he was lying on the floor clinging to life, Cookie walked in and called for help. This week’s episode starts with him being rushed into the hospital. Will the doctors be able to save him or is it too late?

Finally, there is Lucious’ oldest son Jeff Kingsley (A.Z. Kelsey) with Tracey (Amanda Detmer), a past girlfriend who became a drug addict. Over the last few episodes, Kingsley has been torn between his mother, who has lied to her son his whole life about his dad, and Lucious, who just wants to get to know the son he never knew he had until recently. Has all of this become too much for him?

Or maybe it is someone other than Lucious’ sons who is in the casket? I will tell you we definitely find out who died before the episode ends. While that is a literal death, two other metaphorical deaths take place tonight. Both of those setup storylines for next season. Fox already announced that Empire will be back for a 6th season.


Fox renews Empire and Jussie Smollett for season six, but…
April 30th, 2019 under Empire, Jussie Smollett. [ Comments: none ]

Fox announced today that they picked up Empire for another season. In the press release, Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment for FOX Entertainment said, “EMPIRE continues to break barriers with its emotionally powerful storytelling, and it remains a core part of the FOX legacy,” said Thorn. “We want to thank everyone on the show – Taraji, Terrence and the entire cast.”

They mention their parents and not the kids. That is because Andre (Trai Byers) life is in peril as Jussie Smollett’s. One is fictional and one is fact.

Let’s talk about the one whose real life is a mess right now, is Smollett coming back in the fall? Fox said, “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire.'”

Will the Lyons be down two sons next season? We only have two episodes left this one to find out who is in that coffin. Is it Andre who is dying from heart failure after beating cancer with a deadly amount of chemo? Tune in to find out.


Cancer plays a big role on Empire and Jane the Virgin tonight
April 17th, 2019 under Empire, Jane the Virgin. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 8p on Fox’s Empire, Andre (Trai Byers) is still battling his cancer. While he lies in bed fighting for his life, his family and girlfriend (Meta Golding) go to church asking Gd for his help. Something Andre does not believe in for obvious reasons.

All the members of the Lyon family are dealing with Andre’s sickness differently. Lucious (Terrence Howard) only wants everyone to be positive, while Cookie (Taraji P. Hensen) is more realistic. Since she cannot talk to her husband about it, she goes to the man she almost had an affair with to comfort her. That will not end well.

Meanwhile, Lucious finally confronts Kingsley’s (A.Z. Kelsey) mother about their time together. They see things differently and she continues to tell her son her side. That is why he went to the FBI and offered to help them. Tonight he confronts his father with a wire. That is enough of a reason to watch. Therefore, tune in because you do not want to miss what happened next.

Then at on The CW’s Jane the Virgin, Xo (Andrea Navedo) has her final chemotherapy session. She is ready to live life to its fullest again but is her body ready for it?

But you don’t care about that, you want to know if Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is going to figure out that Michael (Brett Dier) got his memory back. I cannot tell you that, but I can tell you so much happens on this must-watch episode. That might or might not involve Michael…


The Lyons come together for Andre on Empire tonight
April 10th, 2019 under Empire. [ Comments: none ]

Last week on Empire, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) found out his older son with Cookie (Taraji P. Hensen) has cancer, and tonight at 8p on Fox, all of the Lyons come together for Andre (Trai Byers). Whether he wants them there or not.

This not the first time that Andre’s life was in danger and his parents did everything they could to save him. Now that he is grown up, they want to do the same. Although this time they are trying to save two other things, their marriage and Empire Records.

There is fallout from Cookie catching their biggest new artist Treasure (Katlynn Simone) on her husband’s lap and her running to another man as revenge. Yet, they do not have time to deal with it because they need to do everything they can to make sure Dre is going to live. There is only one thing stopping them from doing that is Andre’s girlfriend, Teri (Meta Golding). Who is going to win that fight, his mother or his lover?

What about his two brothers? They decide to go back on tour, but their big brother is always on their mind. They even sing a duet in honor of him.

Back to Treasure, what happens when she and Cookie come face to face? I said too much with this one.

Then at the end of the episode, The Lyons get a health update on Andrew. Is he the one in the coffin that the show has been teasing us with all season? Find out tonight.


Gee, I wonder which Lyon is going to end up in the coffin on Empire?
March 26th, 2019 under Empire, Jussie Smollett. [ Comments: none ]

When this season of Empire we saw Lucious Lyon standing in front of a closed coffin and to this day we do not know who it is. Fox has been a running a promo saying we will find out who it is. However, do they really need to? I think we all know who it is.

We know it is not Lucious’ bastard son Kingsley because why would Cookie care about him? Is it Andre? He finally got an interesting story this year, so I doubt it is him. What about Hakeem? His storyline seems to have dried up, but there is still plenty they can do with him.

That means the only one left is Jamal. Could it be him because of Jussie Smollett’s troubles outside of work and the fact that he was written out of the last two episodes?

If it is him, they might have jumped too soon. That is because his attorneys, Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes, told WLS statement, “Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.

“Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.”

Which I guess, that in the process of me starting this post and him being cleared of all criminal charges, we still don’t know who is in that coffin. We also are back to not knowing what happened on that night? Was he attacked? Why were the two brothers in the area on that night during that early morning hour and seem to have items that were said to be used in the attack?

Why were all of the criminal charges dropped against him? My first thought is that he sold out Mark Geragos, his lawyer who is having his own legal woes. Although, in my heart, I hope it is because he is innocent like he has always said that he is.

UPDATE: The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office released this statement, “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”


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