An Empire spin-off featuring Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson, won’t be seen on FOX. The network has decided not to move forward with the new drama series but it is being shopped to other outlets, like ABC or Hulu, per Deadline.
Empire ended its run on FOX in April after six seasons and 102 episodes. Due to the pandemic, a series finale had to be cobbled together from partially filmed episodes. In addition to Henson, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray, Serayah McNeill, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Wood Harris, Meta Golding, Katlynn Simone, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Nicole Ari Parker, A.Z. Kelsey, Vivica A. Fox, and Mario also starred in Empire.
The series follows the tumultuous lives of the Lyon family and others involved with the Empire Entertainment Company. It is not known if anyone else from the Empire cast would have joined Henson on the new Cookie-centric series.
A high price tag for the spin-off is the reason given for FOX passing on the series. Danny Strong, Stacy A. Littlejohn, and Yolonda Lawrence will write and executive produce the spin-off if it moves forward elsewhere.
What do you think? Did you watch Empire? Do you want to see more of Cookie in a spin-off?