“Empire” news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting:
- Co-creator Lee Daniels says there will be a spin-off of his smash ABC hit. “Without question. 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.”
- Executive producer Brian Grazer on the agenda before a spin-off of the music business soap can happen: “Never get corny. Completely stay authentic. … As long as it stays dangerous, we’re cool. As long as we can stay that way for this season, these guys can think about a spin-off, we’ll be OK.”
- Pitbull will guest star, playing himself and perform with Jussie Smollet, who plays Jamal.
- Other confirmed guest stars include Chris Rock, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland and Marisa Tomei. An appearance by Mariah Carey is in the works.
- Daniels is developing a new pilot for ABC titled “Star,” about three young women trying to make it in the music business.