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Lucious Lyon's tale is one of rags-to-riches. Once a lowly dope-man and petty criminal, Lyon and his wife, Cookie, have risen to the top of the music industry. Now, blessed with three strong sons and immeasurable fortune, Lyon is beset on all sides by new foes and familiar woes: greed, avarice, and now, an aging man with a terminal disease, mortality. As Lucious struggles to secure his thrown and determine who will retain control of Empire Records as his health slowly fails him, he finds that fame and power are a threat not only to his business, but to his family as well.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on Fox
3 Seasons, 48 Episodes
January 7, 2015
Drama
7.8/10
Cast: Terrence Howard
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Empire Full Episode Guide

  • As Lucious gets ready to launch EMPIRE Las Vegas with Giuliana at his side, Cookie pulls together her own team of allies to wreak havoc on the opening. The final five minutes will leave viewers speechless.

  • The Lyons fear that the Dubois family is to blame for their latest family crisis, so when no one is willing to give up any information, Cookie takes matters into her own hands. Jamal and Lucious reach a breakthrough in a song on which they have been working, and Andre lashes out. Meanwhile, Cookie sets her eyes on a new plan for Empire in Vegas.

  • Angelo's relationship with Cookie turns toxic and leaves her questioning her decisions. Hakeem makes a public plea for Lucious to give him paternity of Bella during his return to Empire Xstream. Meanwhile, Cookie becomes increasingly more suspicious of Lucious' intentions with Giuliana and Empire's future in Vegas, and Lucious and Jamal work overtime to finish their albums.

  • Cookie delivers Lucious news that makes him feel anxious about the future. In an effort to make Cookie jealous, Giuliana moves in on Lucious and persuades him to comply with her new plans.

  • Hakeem throws the ultimate 21st birthday party and live-streams it all on Empire Xstream. Meanwhile, the Lyons are on the defense now that Anika's motives are in question.

  • Angelo makes a disturbing discovery and is worried that Cookie hasn't put her past behind her, which threatens his chances of becoming the Mayor. Anika is faced with a life-changing decision after Tariq reveals his true intentions. Meanwhile, Hakeem's 21st birthday party takes an unexpected turn.

  • Cookie tries to move past her encounter with Lucious. Meanwhile, Leah seeks out Tariq's help in taking down Anika, and Jamal and Tory collaborate in the studio.

  • After releasing his fury on Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno. Cookie promises to dethrone him for good.

  • In an effort to help Angelo win the mayoral bid, Cookie organizes a free park concert. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate Lucious and freezes all of Empire's assets, which has major repercussions.

  • Andre intentionally ruins Tiana's big appearance at a fashion event in order to get Nessa some public attention. Meanwhile, Tariq teams up with Leah to try to bring down Lucious, and Jamal works with Philip to overcome his PTSD.

  • Cookie hopes Candace can share a few tips on how to plan an elaborate family dinner that will impress Angelo's mother, Diane. Meanwhile, old home videos cause Cookie to face secrets about her past.

  • When Empire is hacked, feuds erupt between artists and among the Lyon family. Andre uses the leak to his advantage, while Lucious attempts to drive a wedge between Cookie and Angelo.

  • Lucious and Andre anticipate Shine's retaliation after their latest business encounter failed. Jamal, who has yet to perform in front of his fans, teams up with Hakeem for a potentially beneficial performance.

  • Things intensify between Cookie and Angelo. Lucious finally recognizes Angelo as competiton and prepares to take him on.

  • In an effort to help Jamal overcome his fear of performing, Cookie calls in a favor with mega-superstar Kitty. Meanwhile, Andre encounters problems. Cookie and Lucious clash and Hakeem and Gram vie for Tiana's attention.

  • Following the shooting, Jamal teams up with businessman Angelo Dubois, to discuss gun violence and host a summit for awareness. When he tries to perform again, things go awry.

  • The third season opens where the second season left off. Hakeem was left jilted at the altar, Lucious and Anika married and Anika and Rhonda were on the roof arguing - when someone fell.

  • Following a life-changing experience, Jamal decides to stop making music until his family can end the drama. Meanwhile, the Feds tail Anika hoping she'll testify against Lucious.

  • Hakeem is overwhelmed by the pressure he feels to find a place for his fiance in his family and his career. Cookie finally divulges the truth to Jamal about what happened to Freda's father, prompting Jamal to warn Freda of his family's ulterior motives.

  • Lucious' deeply personal music video is put on hold when Andre makes a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Hakeem and Jamal are compromised after they entertain secretive affairs.

  • With help from Andre, Lucious hosts a fundraiser, as part of his campaign to prove to the board that he should return as Empire's CEO. Meanwhile, Hakeem must decide whether he wants to be a father to his and Anika's child.

  • Lucious releases his new music video as he does what it takes to regain his CEO position at Empire. Meanwhile, Andre gains new information about his grandmother's mental illness in order to understand his own struggle with bipolar disorder.

  • Tension between Lucious and his sons escalates. Back at Lyon Dynasty, Lucious prepares to release his most emotional and honest music video yet and recreates a traumatic interaction with his mother for the new single.

  • With Hakeem acting as Empire's CEO, Camilla continues to manipulate him. Meanwhile, the rest of the Lyon family tries to convince him to join their side, but Hakeem has his own plan.

  • After losing everything, Lucious announces he will regain his power, but Cookie has her own idea of what the future will hold.

  • Lucious takes a big risk for the streaming service that he believes will make him the most powerful man in music. Unfortunately, he finds out the entire business strategy was part of a scheme that could ruin him.

  • Cookie and her sister contact a former prison mate to help rescue their sister, Carol. At Empire, Jamal and superstar Skye Summers begin collaborating and soon connect on a deeper level.

  • Lucious challenges Hakeem as his heir, but Hakeem fires back.

  • Lucious begins to devise a plan for the rise of Empire from record label into global music monolith, and considers a partnership with Jago.

  • Lucious and Cookie set aside their differences and put on a united front as parents to protect their family and keep them out of danger.

  • At Lyon Dynasty, Cookie and Anika collaborate with Laz to throw "Cookie Lyon's Block Party," to launch their company, showcase their artists and premiere a signature Dynasty anthem written by Hakeem.

  • Despite the division among the Lyons, they all decide to shoot a music video that will capitalize on Hakeem and Jamal's duet from Hakeem's leaked album.

  • Cookie and Anika go behind Lucious's back to pull off a surprise performance that peaks the interest of Pitbull (guest-starring as himself).

  • Cookie and her group decide to start their own small record label, but their opposing ideas complicate their venture. Meanwhile, Hakeem charms a hot Latina singer for the girl group he wants to form.

  • In the second season premiere, three months have passed since the arrest and incarceration of Lucious, who is still trying to run Empire Entertainment from inside prison.

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Chris Rock Admits to Infidelity

Chris Rock says he thought he could get away with cheating on his now ex-wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, because he was the breadwinner. The comedian discussed just that and more while talking candidly about his failed marriage in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

"Getting divorced, you have to f--king start over," he told the magazine. "You get to reset. It's not a breakdown, but something in your life broke down."

And he takes full responsibility for that break. During one of his recent shows on his Alimony Tour, Rolling Stone reports, the actor admitted he was a “piece of s--t” for cheating on his wife of 18 years and said that he thought he could get away with it because he made the money. He now realizes that’s not true.

Read the rest of this article at Us Weekly.

Chris Rock has appeared in Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Empire, Saturday Night Live, and many other films and TV series.

'Empire' Turns in Series-Low Ratings

The long road to the end of the broadcast season is going to generate some bummer headlines for a few TV powerhouses.

Empire nabbed another same-day series low on Wednesday, dropping another three-tenths of a ratings point from last week's low. It averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. And while that was enough to keep it as the night's highest-rated show, it was outwatched by Survivor, Criminal Minds and Chicago P.D. with 6.3 million viewers. Fox still won the night, with Shots Fired pulling a 0.9 rating in the key demo, but fatigue is evident in the flagship. Empire joins the much more senior Big Bang Theory in its late-season lows.

Speaking of series lows, Modern Family logged one as well. The ABC comedy was also down three-tenths of a point, averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 in between steady episodes of Speechless and Black-ish (1.3 adults). The Goldbergs was ABC's second-biggest of the night with a 1.5 rating in the key demo. (Designated Survivor earned a flat 1.1 rating in the key demo.)

Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter.

Just How Sick is Lucious on 'Empire'?

The entire first season of Empire (which seems like decades ago at this point) was centered on Lucious Lyon slowly dying of ALS and having to choose a son to be his successor. But as it turns out, Lucious has myasthenia gravis instead, which is not as severe as ALS, and things are mostly fine. Until now, that is. Will Lucious Lyon die on Empire? Previews for future episodes show him in critical condition.

According to Myasthenia.org, myasthenia gravis is “a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups.” That explains why doctors thought that Lucious’ muscle weakness was ALS and not MG, but it doesn’t explain (yet, at least) why Lucious is in bed with a breathing apparatus strapped to his face. My guess is that his MG is acting up, because the myasthenia website lists “difficulty breathing” as one of the common symptoms, along with “weakness in the arms and legs” and “chronic muscle fatigue.” Lucious is in bed, and he can’t breathe, so I’m going to take the medical degree I earned watching every episode of E. and Grey’s Anatomy and say this MG could be the case. Call me Dr. Drama, because I’ve seen everything. It could also be lupus, because on House, M.D., lupus was always an option.

Read the rest of this article at Bustle.

Rumer Willis Mixes Music, Acting on 'Empire'

When Rumer Willis’ Tory Ash debuted in Empire’s midseason premiere, it didn’t take long for her troubled past to surface.

Introduced as Jamal’s (Jussie Smollett) newest and closest confidant rehab, both Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) quickly began discussing her Heroin-induced meltdown that led to her stripping naked at Fenway Park before she was later found in a coma in a seedy motel.

“She was a big star, brilliant too,” Cookie said. “But that heroin knocked her ass right out of the sky.”

It’s a story that is unfortunately rings all too familiar in the music business, with heroin overdoses claiming the lives of Dee Dee Ramone, Sid Vicious and Janis Joplin, among many others. However, Willis says it was a much more recent figure that drew her to the recurring part.

“I was on tour, and I had a layover day in New York. My agents had reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, there’s this role on Empire to do this Amy Winehouse-type rock star,” Willis tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I was like, ‘I don’t need to see anything else. I’m going in. I don’t care if I’m tired.’”

Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter.

Empire Music Video: Get Me Right Ft. Nessa

Watch Nessa's performance of "Get Me Right" is interrupted by Hakeem and Tiana.

About Show: EMPIRE is a powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music. The show revolves around the Lyon family and their media company, Empire Entertainment. The founder, LUCIOUS LYON (Terrence Howard), is the king of hip-hop, but his company and reign are constantly threatened by his family, including his ex-wife, COOKIE LYON (Taraji P. Henson); his sons, JAMAL (Jussie Smollett), HAKEEM (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and ANDRE (Trai Byers); and a volatile and competitive music industry.

TV Ratings: 'Empire' Holds Strong in Return After 'Shots Fired' Premiere

Fox took home its first nightly victory in a while thanks to the return of "Empire".

The series, coming off a three-month hiatus that saw "This Is Us" pass it to become the top drama on broadcast, was unmoved in its midseason opener. It averaged a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. Both of those numbers marked incremental improvement from December.

Season to date, Empire has averaged a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers once live-plus-seven ratings are factored in, though multiplatform views have it even higher.

Read about the ratings for Survivor, Criminal Minds and more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Changing of the Guard? 'Empire,''Blindspot' Ratings Fall

Fox's Empire is one of the biggest shows on TV, but even the mighty can fall. This season, cracks in Empire's armor are beginning to show, and it could be that it's going to step aside to let some new hit take its place. And Empire is not the only hot series from last season that isn't doing as well this season.

Empire came back from a hiatus this week, and its ratings were down 17 percent in the 18-49 age demographic compared to its next most recent episode. Worse than that, the episode's 2.9 rating set a new series low mark that was almost 10 percent lower than the previous low point set a year ago.

Empire is the second-highest-rated series on broadcast TV behind The Big Bang Theory, but its current season has seen declining ratings and negative reactions from critics.

On NBC, last year's hottest new series, Blindspot, is not performing well in its second season. Its episode this week drew a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 age group, and that represents a new series low, as well. The rating was only good enough for fourth place in its time slot, behind The Goldbergs on ABC, Survivor on CBS, and Lethal Weapon on Fox. Among broadcast series, only Arrow on The CW drew a smaller audience.

Premiere Week Ratings: 'Empire' is Back and Still Powerful, 'American Horror Story' Loses Ground

Fox's Empire returned for a new season this week, and it's still the hottest scripted series on network TV. The show's season premiere scored especially well with young viewers, and it easily outdistanced all the competition on Wednesday night. A few other series had strong showings on Wednesday, too, including a couple of newcomers.

Empire's season premiere earned a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 age demographic, making it far and away the most-watched program on network TV that night among young viewers. In its time slot, it sailed past ABC's Modern Family, which was the second-highest-rated program of the night, and NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Earlier in the evening, the series premiere of Fox's Lethal Weapon drew a respectable audience. It earned a 2.2 rating and was the fourth-highest-rated program of the night on broadcast TV. Lethal Weapon didn't win its time slot, though; it was edged out by the season premiere of the venerable Survivor.

Later in the evening, Keifer Sutherland's new series, Designated Survivor, also had a decent debut, pulling down a 2.3 rating for ABC.

On cable, the news wasn't as bright. The season's second episode of American Horror Story was still the highest-rated cable program of the night, but the series experienced a significant ratings drop from last week's premiere episode. Episode two earned a 1.8 rating, a fall-off of more than 45 percent.

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