We have been waiting, but it's great to see the Lyons Family is back.
Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and the rest of the Lyons did it again – ruling Wednesday’s, last night with the mid-season premiere of ‘Empire’ on FOX. The drama came back with its strongest showing in the key-demo since the first three weeks of the TV season. Sister show, ‘Star’ took spot number two scripted series of the night.
Last night on ‘Empire’ it was up to Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) to save Lucious (Terrence Howard) from his crazy, stalker therapist, Claudia (Demi Moore) after she has untied him but now has his non-prosthetic leg chained to a piano. Lucious promises to make her pay, so she naturally shoots him with a tranquilizer gun. “I know who you are, she tells “Dwight” as he passes out. “And I know exactly what I’m doing.”
In ‘Star,’ Carlotta’s (Queen Latifah) gangsta mother, Christine (Patti Labelle) and bizarre sister, Cassie (Brandy Norwood) made their way into town to support after the fire in Carlotta’s salon – leaving one dead and Carlotta as a homicide suspect. The girls (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany O’Grady) continue to navigate the cut-throat music business with faces along the way including, Miss Lawrence, Luke James, and Quincy Brown. Recurring cast members added for this season include Evan Ross, Elijah Kelley, Keke Palmer, Patti LaBelle, Brandy and La La Anthony.
The new season of STAR airs Wednesdays at 9:00/8: 00 pm central. Grammy Award-winning artists Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood will guest-star in multi-episode arcs. The girls – with Carlotta as their manager – continue to face roadblocks, despite their victory at Atlanta NextFest. Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels – creator and executive producer of broadcast’s No. 1 series, EMPIRE – partners with Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) to pull back the curtain on music’s gritty and dark reality in STAR.
Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, STAR is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business. But reality soon dawns on the girls’ fantasies, and they start to learn that ambition often comes at a cost.