Empire Beats Big Bang Theory For Number One Broadcast Series 

» 3/30/15 3:15pm Today 3:15pm

Deadline Issues Sorry-Not-Sorry for Lamenting People of Color on TV

On Sunday, Deadline Hollywood—the site where last week an editor wondered aloud if there are too many actors of color working—issued a non-apology apology for their article "The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?" » 3/30/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Diversity on TV Is Scary, Reports White Woman

On Tuesday, Deadline Hollywood's Nellie Andreeva dissected the swell of actors of color in television's casting rooms and leading roles, writing that minorities might be snatching too many jobs. I mean, what are the white actors supposed to do in this kind of climate? » 3/25/15 1:40pm Wednesday 1:40pm

Fox Is Suing 'Empire Distribution' to Protect Its Rights to Empire 

Fox has filed a lawsuit to protect its rights to the Empire name and property. It sounds like a plot straight out of Empire. » 3/24/15 2:10pm 3/24/15 2:10pm

Cookie Lyon's Closet is For Sale! Here Are My Irrefutible Empire Picks

Following the Empire's exhausting finale this week—Yes Boo Boo Kitty slept with ____ and yes, ____ caught them—you can now buy a piece of Cookie Lyon's cat-print-filled wardrobe for yourself. You too can "taste these cookies," if you will. I ranked the items for your viewing and, perhaps, buying pleasure, if… » 3/20/15 2:40pm 3/20/15 2:40pm

This Might Kill Us All: Our Empire Season One Finale Live Blog

The greatest and saddest moment in the history of (2015) television is about to happen: the two-hour season finale of Empire. There will be guest appearances (Rita Ora, Snoop Dogg, etc.). And someone is expected to die. Could be you. » 3/18/15 8:00pm 3/18/15 8:00pm

QUIZ: Which Empire Character's Potential Death Are You?

Empire airs its two-hour season finale tonight, so prepare for the next several months of life to be a meaningless, incurable existence. On the bright side, this finale will kill us we're in for a killer season closer. » 3/18/15 10:00am 3/18/15 10:00am

Madonna's thirst-laden comeback has been successfully cock-blocked by the undeniable force that is Empire, whose soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart, with 130,000 in sales. Madonna's Rebel Heart sold 121,000 and really had no chance. But no worries: this is still her 21st album to reach the top… » 3/18/15 11:00am 3/18/15 11:00am

Wendy Williams Audience Sings 'Drip Drop' With Empire's Hakeem

Empire's Bryshere Gray—aka Hakeem Lyon aka Yazz—appeared on The Wendy Williams Show today in advance of Wednesday's season finale. Although the interview itself is pretty standard, the best moment is his intro to the soundtrack of "Drip Drop" as the audience loses their minds. » 3/17/15 12:30pm 3/17/15 12:30pm

Gina Rodriguez Urges Latino Actors to Use Their Power for More Roles

Everyone wants a piece of that Empire success, so expect the show to be name-dropped in every TV-related interview. Jane the Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez referenced the popular series while calling for more Latino representation at a PaleyFest panel on Sunday. » 3/16/15 9:20am 3/16/15 9:20am

From 'Drip Drop' to 'Lola': Rating All the Original Songs on Empire

The musical choices in this first season of Empire have ranged from comically unreal clunkers to semi-conceivable hits. Some records, like "Drip Drop," are a masterful mix of both. This flashy, overambitious score is, in fact, the show's greatest strength and weakness. » 3/13/15 11:55am 3/13/15 11:55am

Empire's Lee Daniels Explains the Origins of the Infamous Blowjob Bib

The cast of Empire participated in a live-streamed Q&A last night leading up to next week's season finale. The topics at hand: race, sexuality, success and the all-important origin tale of the blowjob bib. » 3/13/15 11:30am 3/13/15 11:30am

Every Single Fur Coat Cookie Has Worn on Empire So Far

Jussie Smollett Comes Out to Ellen, Says 'There Is No Closet'

Jussie Smollett, who we all know and love as Jamal on Empire, came out to the general public during a backstage sit-down with Ellen DeGeneres, during which he made it clear that he's not trying to deny his identity as a gay man. » 3/09/15 12:35pm 3/09/15 12:35pm

Empire: Andre Lyon Has Sorrows, Needs Somebody to Lean On

King Kong ain't got nothing on Andre Lyon, who was the star of Wednesday night's episode of Empire. Initially, it seemed like Andre was the most qualified brother to take over a post-Lucious Empire Records, but his emotional instability—a result of his bipolar disorder—has made it clear he maaayyy not be the best… » 3/05/15 11:10am 3/05/15 11:10am

Saturday Night Social: On Our Own 

Time now to resurrect "On Our Own" from the recesses of our brains. The forgotten about 1994 TGIF series was about the Jerrico family - a group of 7 brothers and sisters - trying to make their way in St. Louis after their parents are tragically killed in a car accident. » 2/28/15 7:00pm 2/28/15 7:00pm

Shade Court: Matt Lauer, a Confused Business Insider and Queen Cookie

Does anyone else find it amazing that, after 19 weeks of Shade Court, there's still an enormous group of people who are still out there embarrassing themselves? I'm just kidding, that's not surprising at all. In this week's Shade Court, Matt Lauer tries to get back at Ellen, Drake's fans go H.A.M. on Chris Brown and… » 2/27/15 5:10pm 2/27/15 5:10pm

Empire: Jamal Lyon Comes Out, Gives the World a Show

Since Empire's debut, Jamal has been struggling with the decision to publicly come out, while Lucious has made it clear that he wants nothing to do with his son's quote-unquote "lifestyle." One of them got what they wanted in last night's episode. » 2/26/15 1:15pm 2/26/15 1:15pm

​Bryshere Gray On Playing Empire's Bad Boy, Rihanna & 'Drip Drop' Tees

Bryshere Gray seems to have moments when the spirit of Hakeem Lyon inhabits his body. In January, the 21-year-old actor who plays Empire's most incendiary son did an interview with Swag Magazine (Swag. Magazine.) to promote the series. When asked about what motivates him as a musician, Gray replied, "I can't even… » 2/25/15 9:20am 2/25/15 9:20am