Meet the Cast of ‘Empire’ [PHOTOS]

EMPIRE: The epic family battle begins when the sexy and powerful new drama EMPIRE debuts, with limited commercial interruption, following AMERICAN IDOL XIV on Wednesday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX

EMPIRE: The epic family battle begins when the sexy and powerful new drama EMPIRE debuts, with limited commercial interruption, following AMERICAN IDOL XIV on Wednesday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Lavine/FOX

FOX’s highly anticipated new drama Empire, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, premieres Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following American Idol.

The hip-hop drama comes from the minds of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and is definitely a must-see.

FOX has released some of the cast images, a synopsis as well as the trailer (below).

Do you plan on tuning in? Let us know what you think!

FOX Synopsis: From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Game Change”), comes EMPIRE, a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.
LUCIOUS LYON (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, “Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”) is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family.
Lucious’ favorite is his youngest son, HAKEEM (newcomer Bryshere Gray), a gifted musician and a spoiled playboy who values fame over hard work. The middle son, JAMAL (Jussie Smollett, “North,” “The Mighty Ducks”), is a sensitive soul and a musical prodigy who, unlike Hakeem, shies away from the spotlight. Jamal also happens to be gay, which infuriates and embarrasses his father. ANDRE (Trai Byers, “90210”), the eldest son, is CFO of Empire Entertainment. Wharton-educated with a brilliant business mind, Andre lacks the charisma that Lucious believes is crucial to running the company. But in his quest for power, Andre is assisted by his manipulative and like-minded wife, RHONDA (Kaitlin Doubleday, “Hung,” “Catch Me If You Can”).
As Lucious prompts his sons to vie for the empire, his plans are thrown into chaos when his ex-wife, COOKIE (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Person of Interest”), mysteriously emerges seven years early from prison, where she’s been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrificial lamb who built an empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious’ early career.
For now, Lucious remains firmly in control of Empire Entertainment. He is attended to by his hard-working assistant, BECKY (guest star and Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, “American Horror Story,” “Precious”), and relies on longtime friend and Chairman of the Board VERNON TURNER (Malik Yoba, “Revolution,” “Girlfriends”) for advice and support. He relies on a whole lot more from ANIKA GIBBONS (newcomer Grace Gealey), the head of A&R for Empire and his current girlfriend.
As the Lyons slug it out, an emotional chess game begins that will either cause the family’s destruction or redemption. Lives and loves will be lost as the complicated family will come together and fall apart over the elusive throne, all set to an original soundtrack written and produced by legendary hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland. Will the family unite and learn to love each other before it’s too late? Love, war, family, sacrifice, money and music: this is the story of  EMPIRE.

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‘The Originals’ Season 2 Cast Photos

The CW recently released the cast photos for season 2 of The Originals along with a description of what fans can except in the coming episodes.

Are you excited for the upcoming season? Let us know what you think!

The Originals premieres Monday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c on the CW.

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CW Description: Season two finds our heroes adjusting to a new status quo, with the newly empowered werewolves controlling the city and a myriad of unknown threats lurking.  Though Klaus and Hayley have vowed to scorch the earth in order to make New Orleans a safe home for their daughter, Hope, they also have inner demons to battle.   As she adjusts to life as a hybrid, Hayley experiences crippling rage and depression after saying goodbye to her daughter, and Klaus – who needs his strength now more than ever – finds himself regularly weakened as the werewolves use the moonlight rings forged in his blood.  Elijah, finding himself isolated from his troubled family, sets out to destroy Francesca (guest star Peta Sergeant) and her traitorous werewolves, connecting with Marcel and his renewed vampire community in the process.  Despite the dangerous climate of the city, Cami recommits to her studies and to pursuing the life she wanted before she met Klaus – but the werewolves in the Quarter aren’t the only enemies preventing New Orleans from any semblance of peace.

Unbeknownst to Klaus and Elijah, their ruthlessly devious parents have returned from the dead.  Though their father, Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roché), is controlled by Davina’s magic, he remains ever-intent on killing Klaus – even if he has to go through Davina to do it.  Elsewhere, their mother, Esther (guest star Alice Evans), inhabiting the body of a teenage witch, is fueled by a consuming and twisted love for her children as she devises a disturbing plan to reunite her fractured family – a plan that involves untold torment not only for the Original siblings, but for any and all of their loved ones.

New Character Images for the CW’s ‘Flash’

The CW just released promotional images for the cast of their highly anticipated new show The Flash. With only three weeks until the premiere, let’s take a look at the main cast including Grant Gustin (Barry Allen), Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Candice Patton (Iris West), Rick Cosnett (Detective Eddie Thawne), and Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon).

The Flash premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Kharen Hill /The CW

 

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Photo Credit: The CW

‘Scandal’ Season 4 Premiere Cast Photos

BELLAMY YOUNG, DARBY STANCHFIELD, JEFF PERRY, TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY, JOSHUA MALINA, GUILLERMO DIAZ, KATIE LOWES

The Scandal season premiere is almost here and I cannot wait to see what Olivia Pope is wearing this fall! Kerry Washington and the rest of the cast stun in these newly released cast photos.

Here’s the official episode description from Season 4’s premiere episode “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia.”

Episode Description: Nearly two months after Olivia and Jake boarded a private jet to stand in the sun together, everything has changed. With another four years in the White House, Fitz and Cyrus are doing everything they can to make a positive impact on the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie struggles to cope with the loss of her son and the gladiators feel the impact of Olivia’s absence, on the Season 4 premiere of “Scandal,” THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Check out the photos below and let us know what you think!

Scandal premieres Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

KERRY WASHINGTON
THAT JACKET!

TONY GOLDWYN
THAT FACE!

SCOTT FOLEY
THOSE EYES! I can’t stop staring at those eyes.

Photo Credit: ABC