‘Empire’ Creator Confirms Spin-Off Plans for Cookie
“Empire,” which premiered on January 7, will have its second season on September 23. According to the latest news, the series is going to see spin-offs with a young Cookie.
As revealed by Lee Daniels, co-creator of “Empire,” the spin-off is sure to happen as there is extensive story for exploring the character of Cookie played by Taraji P. Henson.
Daniels also added that the series will explore the upbringing of Cookie in Philadelphia. It will also highlight her relationships with her mother and sisters. He also made it clear that the season will be like a prequel.
As clarified by FOX, there is no formal spin-off in the works, but the possibility is always there. Currently, the creator is keeping busy with his other new series “Star,” which was officially announced on the same event, on which he revealed about the development of “Empire.”
The new series is not particularly tied to the former, but obviously it has been fueled by the high popularity of “Empire,” which got an Emmy nomination for Henson after its first season but was not in the lineup for Best Drama.
Daniels had said some harsh remarks about the exclusion of the series from the best drama category, but on Thursday he tried to make it clear that his comments on social media were misinterpreted because they were nothing more than humor.
The pressure to keep up with the heights set by the first season is something to measure. But the team sounded confident about coming up with something that can keep audiences glued.
Previously, Daniels revealed that he was worried about producing over 12 episodes in season 2 to meet the cable-like schedule. However, they worked it out with the network and have reached a workable solution for all parties.
According to latest reports, season two will come in two installments, the first one on September will include 10 episodes, while the second half will have 8 more episodes and will be premiered in spring.