G-Unit boss 50 Cent might have to raise the stakes with his hit “Power” series as reports claim a spinoff for rival “Empire” could soon turn into a reality.
According to Fox TV Group co-chief Dana Walden, an “Empire” spinoff could come together as early as 2016 and possibly focus on actress Taraji P. Henson‘s character Cookie’s early days.
“If there’s a character … that feels original enough, has enough momentum and enough of a storytelling engine, we will definitely look to spin Empire off for next season,” she said. Said character, Walden added, “would, in all likelihood, appear in the second half of this season.”
Back in August, show producer Lee Daniels revealed his interest in a spinoff.
“Without question,” the series’ co-creator and executive producer said to a panel of TV critics Thursday. “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.” (New York Post)
Last week, 16.2 million viewers tuned into the “Empire” season two premiere.
“Empire” was a breakaway hit in its first season, with improbable week-to-week viewership growth over the course of 10 weeks, leading into a season finale, broadcast in May, that attracted 16.7 million viewers. The premiere on Wednesday technically snapped that growth streak in ratings. The numbers should rise even more after delayed viewing totals are included in the coming days. (New York Times)
Recently, “Power” star JR Ramirez talked to SOHH about his show’s comparisons to “Empire.”
“I think it’s a great thing! They’re both two completely different shows,” Ramirez told SOHH. “And the more they talk about “Empire,” the more they talk about “Power!” Period. (SOHH)