NEWS: 'Empire' Ratings, Danny Strong, Oprah Winfrey, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Alison Sweeney

Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon and guest star Chris Rock as
Frank Gathers in the “The Devils Are Here” Season Two premiere
episode of Empire. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.
Empire returns to 16.2 million viewers
FOX's Empire opened Season 2 on Wednesday night with 16.2 million total viewers and a 6.7 rating (per finals), dipping just 8 percent and two tenths from the second hour of its record-setting freshman finale (17.6 mil/6.9). Versus its series debut, for those who may wonder, Empire was up 64 and 76 percent — the largest Season 1/Season 2 leap in 10 years, since House.

Empire Co-Creator Danny Strong on Show’s Success, Integrating Music Into Story
"The music is really complicated. It’s also a major secret weapon, because every eight or nine minutes, there’s a musical number, and we’re so fortunate that our songs have been so good. … It’s a major part of how we design the episode, where we’re building to multiple musical numbers, and there’s usually one big hero number that takes place later in the episode. The tricky part — and the part that we’ve been successful at — is making the songs develop the character, so that the show doesn’t stop for a song; the story is continuing through song."

Oprah Winfrey to recur on OWN network drama Greenleaf
Winfrey will appear in a recurring role on her new OWN Network series Greenleaf, the company announced Thursday. Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker, Deborah Joy Winans, Tye White, Kim Hawthorne and Desiree Ross star in the drama produced by Lionsgate TV. The series follows Bishop James Greenleaf (David), the charming and charismatic but brilliantly manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries.

Steven Soderbergh’s HBO movie starring Sharon Stone may let viewers decide the ending via app
The mysterious project, titled Mosaic, will be filmed with multiple endings, according to EW, and viewers will get to pick an ending via an app. HBO, which hasn’t confirmed the app twist, says the movie "will require a new Emmy category, and we will be the only eligible nominee.”

How to Get Away with Murder hopes tonight's season premiere makes popular "The Octopus” sexual position
“The title of the third episode is 'The Octopus,' so you can Google that,” says creator Pete Nowalk.

Maggie Gyllenhaal joins James Franco on David Simon’s HBO ‘70s porn drama
On The Deuce, Gyllenhaal will play a Times Square hooker named Candy who joins the fledgling porn industry.

USA orders Poor Richard’s Almanack starring Harold Perrineau and Sam Jaeger
The Lost and Parenthood alums will star in a thriller focusing on America’s new “Founding Fathers.”

Days of our Lives star Alison Sweeney on her decision to leave The Biggest Loser
“It’s always hard to make a change like that, but for me, since I left, I’ve filmed three movies for the Hallmark Channel, I’ve written a novel, and I have another project in development with them and some other things,” she said, before adding she also gets home every night to make her kids dinner! “It’s been an incredible time for me, and I just have to be willing to take a risk. That’s what I would want my kids to do and I want to be a good role model to them.”

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