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Empire Breaks a Twitter Record, and Other TV News

by and | September 24, 2015 | Comments

This week in TV news, Empire is back on the top of the charts and Amazon is celebrating the Emmys with a special promotion. Plus, nostalgia is all the rage with the confirmation of Nickelodeon’s “The Splat” and the rumblings of an A-Team TV show!

Empire Premiere Comes In Like a Lyon

The hip-hop soap opera Empire, starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, returned in fine form with a Certified Fresh new season and the show’s second-highest ratings to date. Empire also had a big night on social media, breaking the record for the most tweeted one-hour network drama. The most commented-upon minute was at 9:30 p.m. mark when Anika (Grace Gealey) finished dancing. The series premiere of Rosewood, a medical drama featuring Morris Chestnut as a Miami-based detective, also benefited from Empire with solid ratings in Fox’s 8 p.m. timeslot. The critics were not so keen on Rosewood, however, and season one is currently Rotten at seven percent on the Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.

Amazon Prime Drops In Price To Celebrate Emmy Wins

To celebrate Transparent‘s five shiny new Primetime Emmy awards, Amazon is offering a special deal on Amazon Prime this Friday for $67. Normally priced at $99 a year, Amazon Prime streams tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with subscription, plus members get free two-day shipping on select items for sale on The deal is good from this Friday at 12:00 a.m. ET to 11:59 p.m. PT. Amazon also announced its new slate of TV pilots this week, including Edge, a western based on George G. Gilman’s bestselling book series of the same name; Good Girls Revolt, a 1969-set drama about a group of female news researchers; One Mississippi, a dark comedy inspired by the real life of comic Tig Notaro and executive-produced by Louis CKHighston, a comedy starring newcomer Lewis Pullman as a young man with a circle of imaginary celebrity friends; Patriot, a political thriller about an intelligence officer with PTSD; and Z, based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and her tumultuous relationship with Jazz-age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Nineties nostalgia is in full force as Nickelodeon finally confirms that The Splat – rumored last week to be a new TV channel — will actually be a late-night programming block. Airing on Teen Nick from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m., The Splat will feature such shows as All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Kenan & Kel, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, and Salute Your Shorts. “We have been listening closely to our first generation of Nick kids that are craving the great characters and shows they grew up with watching Nickelodeon in the ‘90s,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom Kids and Family Group. Along with the programming block, Nickelodeon is also launching, which will host social media-oriented content, such as its own emoji keyboard. The programing block will start airing on Teen Nick this October.

An A-Team TV Remake Is in the Works

On the same day that NBC is premiering Heroes Reborn, a follow-up to Tim Kring’s Heroes which ran from 2006 to 2010, we learn about another old NBC show getting the reboot treatment: Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell’s classic ’80 action series The A-Team. Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox TV is in early talks with Fast & Furious writer-producer Chris Morgan to executive-produce the new A-Team, along with Cannell’s daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan. This time around, the group framed for a crime they didn’t commit will be co-ed, and the word is that the show will be the same case-of-the-week format of the original. The A-Team joins a growing list of TV reboots that includes Twin Peaks, The X-Files, The Muppets, and Fuller House. The 2010 A-Team movie starred Bradley Cooper — whose own TV reboot, Limitless, premiered this week on CBS.

  • frank ford

    “BREAKS A TWITTER RECORD” These are the days we live in? Yikes.

    • Paul Cheyne

      Not much of a twitter user but why is that a “yikes” moment for you? Just curious.

  • Donna

    Okay Lee Daniels & Fox

    You did something right, you gave us something we have been
    yearning for, Empire, a show with great actors, laughter, song, & diversity;
    it is a show that keeps it real. Your ratings are outstanding because of us, because
    we want this; we deserve a variety of shows on television that feature black
    actors, regardless of how simply ridiculous the show is at times. This show has
    a group of actors with chops, and a few more with potential. There is a great
    set up and a basis for more than just entertainment on one level. We want a
    solid show too; we deserve this show to be better, simple and plain. We need
    better writing and character development.

    Calm down a bit, we don’t care about ALL the star cameos; it
    devalues the show and takes away from the true story. What is the story,
    besides the going back and forth of this record company between Cookie and Lucious?
    Who are the sons loyal too, anyone besides the Empire? Where is the depth of
    the characters, the real development? One of the things I found the most
    disappointing was Lucious putting his child, Jamal in a trash can for being
    gay, I get it, but you did not have to be so literal, it was insulting, and
    your audience is a lot smarter than you think we are. And then there was the whole story line of
    him having a child that was really his dad’s child that was the worse way to go
    with that story line, the worst!!!

    Why not make the child Jamal’s, have him cope with being a
    father who is also a gay man, running a record company for his homophobic
    father, now that would have added value.

    Now lets look at Cookie, the first season she was all
    street, coming out of prison hoping to rise to the occasion and become a part
    of a company she helped to build. We
    loved all that, she was hurt and trying
    to find where she fit in. I actually did not even mind that she still loved, &
    loves luscious, I mean she fell into bed with him pretty quick, but I get it,
    prison and all. The main thing I like about her is her ear for music, it shows
    she is smart and can make a label of her own happen. We really need to see her make smarter decisions, stop being
    so emotional; being in prison all those years did not teach her to be more
    calculating? Most of all she needs to let go of the pettiness, the whole thing
    with Anika needs to either be resolved, so she can get a new nemesis. Or Anika needs to go out and work for another
    label so that she can compete with Lucious and Cookie, and Andre should just work
    with her, and stop whining. I like Anike, she is more refined and you can tell
    she is smart. She is also not nearly as petty. The only thing I did not like was
    her sleeping with Hakeem, it was also a very ineffective and amateur move, it
    showed her desperation for attention and she is better than that.

    Finally, can we give Cookie a makeover please, an occasional
    ghetto girl outfit is okay, but she needs to know it takes more to run a
    company, and she should be more. After all It is actually a lot more effective
    when you can get real with someone in a nice black pant suit, than in an animal
    print skirt set… boo boo!

    This show started with a bang, sooo entertaining, but
    truthfully it ended its first season ALL over the place and not in a good way. It’s
    time to get on point, stabilize the show, and make a show everyone can love. It’s
    time for the show to progress, get better, have more depth, better songs, and
    less star cameos. You can do this with the right people on your team. Get the
    right people and make this happen, we don’t want to lose this show!!

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