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Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Will Get an 'Empire' Spinoff Series

Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Will Get an 'Empire' Spinoff Series

Taraji P. Henson is gorgeous in green while sitting on stage at the Empire panel held during the Fox portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour on Thursday (August 6) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 44-year-old actress was joined by the show’s executive producers Lee Daniels, Brian Grazer, and Ilene Chaiken.

It was at the panel that Lee revealed a spinoff based on a young Cookie will be coming soon.

“There is going to be a spinoff from Empire, without question,” he said (via TV Line). “There’s so much ripe story that we’ve talked about already— about Cookie’s family, what makes her her. That in itself is fascinating to me.”

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  • Cheri Simmons

    We’ve been talking about this on Twitter! The only way this makes sense is if Taraji is lead, executive producer and is in some way personally benefiting from the role she made iconic. Her hard-work and promotional work built both Empire and the character.

  • VanityInsecurity

    spin off after only 1 season?

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 Christopher I. Gomes

    This is a horrible idea. Let the over saturation begin. This is the problem that happens when ppl get too big for their britches. Stop!

  • GanymedeATL

    What is “Empire” without Cookie?

  • Cheri Simmons

    Exactly, that is the delima GanymedeATL. No Empire, the show Taraji built, without Taraji P. Henson as Cookie! But, no spin-off unless Taraji is portraying the character she made iconic. People on Twitter are discussing that they would like to see Taraji lead her own show (not related to Empire). Empire is adding far too many guest stars anyway, (quickly becoming Glee) so here’s to praying Taraji benefits from this change.

  • Cheri Simmons

    As for Cookie’s backstory, give Taraji the material to play out on a Empire. It’s her character.

  • Papaya Queen

    This article isn’t actually accurate, the real article is on The Hollywood Reporter, there is a mention about a Spinoff but not for a longtime, maybe not even after this new season the way I understood it. And there wasn’t any mention that it would definitely be about Cookie.

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