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[07/19/17 - 02:30 PM]
Academy and Golden Globe Award Winner Forest Whitaker to Join "Empire"
Whitaker will play Uncle Eddie, a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay.

[via press release from FOX]

ACADEMY AND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER FOREST WHITAKER TO JOIN "EMPIRE"

EMPIRE Returns Wednesday, September 27, at a New Time, 8:00 PM, on FOX

Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning actor, director and producer Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," "Arrival," "Lee Daniels' The Butler") will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on EMPIRE, beginning this fall on FOX. Whitaker will play "Uncle Eddie," a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay. Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment's 20th anniversary.

EMPIRE returns Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. On the Season Four premiere, Lucious makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, while all members of the Lyon family have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties.

In 2016, Forest Whitaker starred in "Arrival," opposite Amy Adams; and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," alongside Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. In February 2018, he will be seen in "Marvel's Black Panther," opposite Chadwick Boseman. Whitaker also had several films in production last year, including "Burden," opposite Tom Wilkinson and Garrett Hedlund; "The Forgiven," in which he portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu, opposite Eric Bana; and "LAByrinth," opposite Johnny Depp. He currently is filming the streaming feature "How It Ends," opposite Theo James. Whitaker won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film "The Last King of Scotland." He also won the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards in the same category. Other feature credits include "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Crying Game," "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" and "Bird," for which he was named Best Actor at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to his acting career, Whitaker has directed such films as "Waiting To Exhale" and "Hope Floats." In 2013, he co-produced Ryan Coogler's critically acclaimed directorial debut, "Fruitvale Station," which won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Film Festival's Best First Film Award. Whitaker is the founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, which has branches in Uganda, South Sudan, Myanmar, Mexico and the U.S. He also is the co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, a UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, EMPIRE was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. "Like" EMPIRE on Facebook at facebook.com/EmpireFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @EmpireFOX and join the discussion using #Empire. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @EmpireFOX.





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[08/21/17 - 01:05 PM]
Netflix Renews "Friends from College" for a Second Season
With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, "Friends from College" is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.

[08/21/17 - 12:40 PM]
ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Series Continues with "Year of the Scab" on September 12
On Tuesday, September 12, ESPN Films' award-winning "30 for 30" documentary series will continue with a feature-length film on the group of men who replaced the Washington Redskins team during the 1987 NFL players strike.

[08/21/17 - 11:44 AM]
TV One's "Rickey Smiley for Real" Garners Second Consecutive Week of Growth Among Women 18-49 and 25-54
TV One further spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 15.

[08/21/17 - 10:38 AM]
CBS News to Broadcast President Trump's Primetime Address Tonight
Anthony Mason will anchor the coverage beginning at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson Joins FOX Sports
"We couldn't be more excited to add Eric's voice to our programming slate," said Whit Albohm.

[08/21/17 - 09:33 AM]
VH1 Greenlights "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" for a Third Season and Brings Back the Emmy(R)-Nominated "Untucked" Aftershow for the Regular Series
"The world is calling out to see more of these beautiful queens and I am going to give them every bit of it they can handle," said executive producer and host RuPaul.

[08/21/17 - 09:29 AM]
More Southern Home Renos on the Way as HGTV Renews "Flip or Flop Atlanta" for Second Season
HGTV has picked up 14 episodes of the series for a sophomore season.

[08/21/17 - 09:06 AM]
TLC and Investigation Discovery Partner to Present "Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mysyery"
The three-hour special event premieres Monday, September 4 at 8:00/7:00c on TLC.

[08/21/17 - 08:26 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Brother" Hold Off Competition
The Eye wins the night among total viewers as well as adults 18-49.

[08/21/17 - 08:12 AM]
Oxygen Media Searches for Answers in a New Six-Part Event Series "The Disappearance of Maura Murray" Beginning Saturday, September 30 at 9PM ET/PT
Oxygen Media dives head first into the unnerving suspicion and conspiracies surrounding one of the most prominent cold cases of the social media age.

[08/21/17 - 08:05 AM]
Video: Teaser for the Netflix Original Series "Marvel's The Punisher"
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld.

[08/20/17 - 08:31 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, NBC Split Demo Crown
NASCAR on the Peacock and a rebroadcast of its Princess Diana special on the Eye lead the evening.

[08/19/17 - 08:37 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Gets Another Bump from "Big Brother" Special
The Eye edges the competition in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/18/17 - 11:18 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 18
Updates include: D.J. Nash sells projects to ABC, CBS; Kevin Falls brings "The Unrequited" to NBC; and Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt set up "God Friended Me" at CBS.

[08/18/17 - 12:05 PM]
Walkers Are Invading AMC for "The Walking Dead" Multi-Weekend Marathon Event Beginning Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 A.M. ET/PT
Plus: look for "The Walking Dead: Season 8 Preview Special" on Sunday, September 10.