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Empire Releases Two New Original Songs, and More TV News

Plus, Arrow Reveals John Diggle's New Costume

by | September 3, 2015 | Comments

This week in TV news, Empire drops two new songs, while Arrow shows off Diggle’s new custome. Plus, Netflix is giving Rosario Dawson more to do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Hulu is offering subscribers an option to watch ad-free!


EMPIRE RELEASES TWO NEW SONGS AHEAD OF SEASON TWO

When Fox’s hit music series Empire released the soundtrack for season one in May, it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 — and now it looks as though the Lyons are hoping to do the same thing for season two. Two songs, which will be on the new soundtrack when it drops later this year, were released by 20th Century Fox TV, Fox, and Columbia Records Thursday in anticipation of this fall’s Empire premiere. The first, “No Doubt About It,” is performed by Empire star Jussie Smollett (who plays Jamal Lyon) and the real-life Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull, who co-wrote the song with hip-hop star Ne-Yo. The second, “Ain’t About the Money,” is performed by Smollett and co-star Bryshere Y. Gray, who plays Jamal’s brother Hakeem. Season two of Empire starts Wednesday, September 23, at 9 p.m. on Fox.


ROSARIO DAWSON IS HEADING BACK INTO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

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Rosario Dawson, whose next move as Claire Temple was left unclear at the end of Daredevil‘s first season, will step back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage, coming in 2016. In the comic books, Claire is romantically involved with Luke, who will be played by The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter (and both stars will appear in Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series Jessica Jones). Also heading to Luke Cage is Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi, who is reported to play series villain Shades aka Alvarez, a well-known street criminal.


HULU IS GOING COMMERCIAL-FREE (FOR MORE MONEY)

As of WednesdayHulu subscribers who don’t want to sit through ads can pay a little extra for a commercial-free service. Hulu now offers two different tiers of streaming — an ad-supported service with commercial breaks which cannot be skipped for $8 a month, and an ad-free service which will cost subscribers $12 a month. “You can split people into two categories: ad avoiders and ad acceptors,” Hulu’s chief executive Mike Hopkins told the New York Times. “There are clearly people who just are not going to buy Hulu because there are ads. We think we can bring them back into the fold with new content and this new choice.” Hopkins also noted that it was social media’s response to watching commercials while streaming old episodes of Seinfeld that inspired the change. Hulu’s biggest competition, Netflix (which starts at $8 a month) and Amazon Prime (which costs $99 a year and also includes free two-day shipping) both already offer ad-free streaming.


ARROW GIVES DIGGLE A NEW LOOK

Arrow star David Ramsey will be sporting a new costume when the series returns for its fourth season on October 7 at 8 p.m. on The CW. Newly outfitted in a cool leather jacket and sleek protective helmet, John Diggle will be dressed to impress as he prepares to defend Star City. Diggle’s not the only one on The CW with new duds. Stephen Amell who plays Arrow’s titular superhero will also debut a fancy new costume in the season four premiere. And Grant Gustin will show off Barry Allen’s new threads when The Flash returns for season two on October 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

  • Jim222001

    Did Diggle borrow Magneto’s helmet ?

  • NameNamerson

    lmfao. Really poor man’s Magneto.

    • Tux

      Exactly my first thought – the new look is Magneto

  • NameNamerson

    Damn I can’t wait for more Netflix/MARVEL. Daredevil is by far the best series out there, and now we got Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones! Good times!

    • BlackAdamForPresident

      Let’s hope they take their time with those titles to make sure they’re make the grade and not try to cash in on the good will created by Daredevil.

  • confusedguy

    WOW you seriously couldn’t get the actor to come in for one day to take a photo with the helmet on? You really had to get the intern to Photoshop it on? That looks HORRIBLE. If that wasn’t Photoshopped then holy crap bail on that thing because, again, it looks HORRIBLE. Still I can’t buy that wasn’t just shopped in, It looks so off.

  • vincent

    lol diggle’s face looks kinda photoshopped. I’m not “digging” it…

  • Every time I look at that pic of Diggle I think the helmet is on crooked

    • BlackAdamForPresident

      Helmet’s straight. His head is crooked.

  • Boy_Titig

    Poor diggle. Child’s work. Someone pasted his face behind that helmet.

  • BabalooMandel

    Why does Hulu need commercials at $8/month when Netflix and Amazon do not?

  • BlackAdamForPresident

    So THAT’S where Fassbender’s hat got to. Please return it to the props department at 20th Century Fox when you’re done with it.

  • Atyka

    That helmet looks bloody awful.. poor Dig.. To be honest most of the costumes haven’t looked all that great on Arrow. Arrows all leather outfit frequently looks stiff and hard to move in during fights, the hoods just don’t work to me either. Canary’s wig looks terrible.. and is rather stupid considering they put a blond wig on a blond woman.

    It really should not be this hard to design a good looking “realistic” costume for these people. Problem is the try to do to much and overdesign them. All Dig needed was a face mask. Could even use a domino mask like the others use, it’s fantasy we can just accept that it hides their identity. Not like the hood and green face paint Oliver used for awhile was especially convincing in it’s effectiveness.

    Out of all the DC tv shows going at the moment, the only costume I think actually works is Flash.

  • Rich

    My guess is, with a helmet that looks like that, there has got to be some sort of high tech gismos designed into it. Has to be some purpose other than protection or looks. Probably designed by Cisco. Betcha.

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