NEWS: Jonathan Jackson, Josie Bissett, Tom Payne, Jacob Young, Kit Williamson, 'Empire'

Empire Season 2 premiered September 23 on FOX.
Empire and black-ish Show Why Diversity Needs to Be Deep, Not Just Broad
It's valuable to have deep minority representation within individual shows, as necessarily happens on family comedies and dramas. Series like black-ish and Empire can pass a sort of racial version of the Bechdel Test, the feminist-criticism measure of whether a story has two female characters who talk to each other about something besides a man: having minority characters talk about race in a way that’s not always in relation to white people.

Is Empire the Most Important Show on TV
Empire did things to ratings and audiences that network shows aren’t supposed to be able to do anymore. And now it has to do it all again.

Writes Willa Paskin: "This moment, obviously, unfolds expressly within the context of Ferguson, Eric Garner, police brutality, a racist penitentiary system, and the Black Lives Matter movement, and it works on two levels. Empire is a chronicle of the Lyons clan, a black family in America who, necessarily, is engaged with these subjects. But Empire is also a cultural object, one whose enormous success pierced television’s largely white status quo."

Can FOX's Empire Continue to Rise in Season 2 After Becoming a Midseason Sensation?
Empire's ratings started high and climbed all season. In live-plus-seven numbers, its finale averaged 23.1 million total viewers and an astounding 9.3 rating among adults ages 18 to 49, making it the highest-rated freshman finale since Grey's Anatomy in 2005.

The network hopes to bring back all those viewers who watched last season, along with those who have watched the show on VOD and other platforms since its March season finale (episodes were viewed 500,000 times a week this summer), while also drawing in new audiences. "I think it is a matter of don't mess it up," said Joe Earley, COO, Fox Television Group, of the challenge facing the network.

The Bold and the Beautiful's Jacob Young expecting third child with wife, Christen
Young (Rick) and his wife, Christen, will be welcoming their third child in February 2016. The new addition will join brother Luke, 7, and Molly, 2.

Kit Williamson opens up...about Cal opening up his relationship in Season 2 of EastSiders
"The second season is an exploration of the role sex plays in relationships, so this time around, everyone gets a lot of action!"

Jim Henson "would have been thrilled to see The Muppets getting so much attention"
“Playing with the idea that the puppets are real celebrities, in a sense, Bill Prady’s whole show is taking that idea — they are real, they live in our world, they are celebrities, they have their own lives — and taking that to its natural extensions,” Jim's daughter, Lisa Henson notes, giving her stamp of approval.

Coronation Street live: as it happened
Writes Michael Hogan of The Telegraph: "I imagine the feeling at Corrie HQ, Granada TV and ITV Towers will mainly be one of relief that the live episode went off without a hitch. The performances were wooden at times and some of the segues between scenes stilted, especially from the less experienced actors, but the cast's stronger members compensated ably and the whole episode was well-choreographed. The scenes in the Rover's Return worked particularly well - then again, they're used to spending most of their lives in there. Not easy to produce and shoot crowd scenes, though, so credit to the cast and crew for that."

Nashville's Jonathan Jackson to perform at Tunnel To Towers annual run, walk
On September 27, Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation will perform for the runners and walkers at the After-Event-Celebration concert.This event will pay tribute to the late firefighter Stephen Siller. The run and walk follows in his heroic footsteps from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which is now known as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, to the World Trade Center.

Tom Payne joins The Walking Dead
Luck alum Tom Payne will play the comic book character known as Jesus, aka Paul Monroe.

Melrose Place alum Josie Bissett to star in Lifetime’s Pregnant At 17
Bissett will play a veterinarian who discovers her husband impregnated a 17-year-old girl.

Susan Sarandon exits Epix's Graves
Sarandon will no longer play the first lady opposite President Nick Nolte due to "artistic differences.”

Jason Katims’ Hulu drama changes its name from The Way to The Path amid legal pressure
The religious cult drama starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy had a title that too closely resembled real-life ministry The Way International.

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