Empire Spinoff with Taraji P. Henson as Cookie, not shifting ahead at Fox

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Empire’s Cookie has unfortunately collapsed: A planned spin-off from the hit drama starring Taraji P. Henson, who repeats her role as Cookie, is not moving forward at Fox, according to our sister site Variety.

News of the split first surfaced in July, when Empire co-creator Danny Strong co-showruns the potential series alongside Empire vets Yolanda Lawrence and Stacy Littlejohn. The series would have focused on the next chapter for Henson’s Cookie after the Empire series finale, which aired in April and completed a six-year run on Fox. However, the cookie-centric spin-off is still being sold to ABC and Hulu, Deadline reports. (It’s being produced by 20th Television, now owned by Disney, as part of a first-look deal with Henson.)

Henson received a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice Award, as well as two Emmy nominations for her work as the wild matriarch Loretha “Cookie” Lyon on Empire. She will start a mental health talk show on Facebook Watch titled Peace of Mind With Taraji and will host the American Music Awards on ABC last month. Her other TV credits include Person of Interest, The Division, and Boston Legal.

Are you sad that you will not see the ongoing adventures of Cookie? Sound off in the comments.


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