After Empire ended prematurely as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, followers thought they might by no means see a correct ending. Whereas they won’t, they’ll nonetheless observe Cookie on her adventures as Taraji P. Henson has began engaged on the spinoff.
Taraji P. Henson within the “Love Me Nonetheless” episode of ‘Empire’ | FOXTaraji P. Henson as Cookie on ‘Empire’
Loretha “Cookie” Holloway met a teenage rapping Dwight “Lucious” Walker and nearly immediately fell for him towards her father’s higher judgment. Nonetheless, she adopted Lucious and helped him turn into a profitable rapper.
The 2 funded his profession by promoting medicine and later married earlier than bringing three sons into the world. Ultimately, the police caught up with them, however Cookie took the wrap so Lucious might proceed his profession.
He began music label Empire Leisure which shortly grew to become profitable and married then head of A&R, Anika Calhoun. After Cookie served her 17-year jail sentence, throughout which Lucious hardly ever spoke to her and later despatched her divorce papers, Cookie returned searching for half of the corporate.
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They engaged in an influence wrestle earlier than falling for one another once more and re-marrying. Nonetheless, the couple later break up up, and Cookie went on to begin Lyon Dynasty along with her youngest son, Hakeem.
After Empire acquired their firm, she briefly returned to the label earlier than discovering herself with out Lucious. The likable co-founder landed a gig on a daytime speak present and joined Becky at a female-founded label, Bossy, which turned out to be successful.
‘Empire’ ended early as a consequence of COVID-19
The primary few episodes of the sixth and last season of Empire foreshadowed the presumed deaths of Cookie and Lucious. In a single scene, an unknown assailant shot the patriarch within the face, and he seemingly fell to his demise.
One other scene depicting Cookie getting into a automotive that instantly erupted into flames. Nonetheless, their endings weren’t revisited after the primary couple of episodes, and the present closed with each mother and father alive.
Attributable to COVID-19 associated mandates, the manufacturing on Empire needed to shut down halfway by filming the penultimate episode, and the solid couldn’t shoot the meant finale. Due to this fact, the crew included moments from Episode 19 into Episode 18, the place the sequence ended, to present followers a extra satisfying ending.
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After the finale, Taraji P. Henson did an interview with Leisure Weekly, the place she opened up concerning the incomplete ending. She admitted it was distressing the sequence couldn’t finish appropriately after the six years the crew and followers put into the present.
The actress additionally famous that she by no means begins any mission that she will be able to’t end, which makes the scenario extra upsetting for her. Moreover, she mentioned it could “hang-out me for the remainder of my life and profession” if she will be able to’t give the followers the meant finale.
Three months later, the actress introduced she’s engaged on a Cookie spinoff.
Taraji P. Henson engaged on ‘Empire’ spinoff
Henson and her manufacturing firm, TPH Leisure, signed a brand new take care of 20th Century Fox TV for just a few initiatives throughout a number of platforms. In accordance with sources, an Empire spinoff centered across the fashion-forward feisty icon is the primary mission followers can anticipate from the brand new enterprise.
Written by Danny Sturdy, who beforehand served as co-creator, govt producer and author for Empire, Stacy A. Littlejohn (Single Girls, The Wanda Sykes Present), and Yolanda Lawrence (Empire producer), the sequence will probably revolve round Cookie as a newly single girl.
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Sanaa Hamri, who additionally labored on the Fox drama, is ready to direct with Brian Grazer and Samie Falvey as govt producers.