The night we have been waiting for is FINALLY here! EMPIRE enters Season 2 as the No. 1 series on broadcast television. The die-hard fans, myself included, have been anticipating this moment for the last few months. We’ve needed our weekly dose of Cookie, Lucious, Andrea, Jamal and Hakeem!
Attempting to garner publicity, Cookie throws a “Free Lucious” concert and we get our first listen at this season’s chart-topping music. If this is a taste of what is to come, we are in for a treat! According to FOX, “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1,” released in March 2015 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and made history as the first soundtrack to debut atop the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart.
With Jamal currently at the helm, the family feud is just starting to burn up. Cookie, Andre, Hakeem and Anika attempt to take hostel majority control of Empire before Lucious gets out of jail. However, things don’t go as planned when Jamal sweeps the rug right from under them and partners with mega-millionaire, Mimi Whiteman, played by Marisa Tomei (“The Lincoln Lawyer”). This AFTER Cookie tells Anika to get with Mimi!
Jamal’s personality has completely changed over the course of this show. Tonight I felt like I was watching a completely different person — someone who is turning into Lucious. I do not like this side of him and the corporate world is getting to him. He’s controlling and angry. I want the softer side to come back! On the flip side, Hakeem is starting to gain more confidence in himself and I actually really enjoyed watching him this episode.
The record-setting show is bringing out the heavy hitters this season. Season 2 picks up three months after Lucious’ shocking arrest and incarceration. With a slew of guest appearances already confirmed, Chris Rock (“Top Five”) made his appearance jail-side Lucious tonight as Frankie. Coming out cocky, Frankie is quickly and quietly put in his place.
In this clip, Cookie meets with Lucious to discuss Frankie and how he needs to handle Frankie.
EMPIRE: A scene from the “The Devils Are Here” Season Two premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX
EMPIRE airs Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT