Taraji P. Henson gets real about the Globes noms

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Empire’ producer Brian Grazer to Hollywood: ‘Hey, look! It can work’.

Here’s the protocol for Globes nominations (and Oscar nominations, as long as we’re on the topic). The year of diversity on television, and Hollywood at large, came full circle with Thursday morning’s Golden Globe nominations for a number of African American-led shows, namely Fox’s “Empire.” The hip hop drama landed both a nomination for best television drama and its leading lady Taraji P. And Fox got in on the holiday action Wednesday night with its best possible play for yuletide ratings: gathering the stars of Empire for a one-hour variety show.

You know how when you get home from a long day at work, you open your fridge, realize that you still have one last buttermilk biscuit and being able to eat that carb bomb is enough to brighten your whole week? Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays special on Fox features a slew of artists singing holiday classics, and EW has a first look at Patti LaBelle and John Legend’s performance of “Oh Holy Night.” The variety special also features performances from Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Its ratings may have paled in comparison to those of the weekly primetime soap, but the average 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers was certainly a bump from anything else the network could have swapped in there. We started off as certainly underdogs because of the cast composition, because it’s largely an African American show — and I’ve been producing African American movies and television shows for 20 years so I know how hard it is. [“Empire”] was a paradigm-breaking show.

While it sucks that we all have to wait three whole months for a brand new episode of Empire, this one-hour holiday special is just the thing to tide us over. Because I accomplished exactly what I set out to do.” “I literally was asleep because I was hanging out with a friend and then I got home and I was in the bed,” she says. “I was like, why does my phone keep buzzing? The Middle (2.0 adults), The Goldbergs (2.0 adults) and Black-ish (1.7 adults) each held last week’s scores, while Modern Family (2.6 adults) improved by two-tenths of a point. So in this situation, Taraji & Terrence come off like your divorced aunt and uncle who put their differences aside to take a trip down memory lane and sing this song.

There were lots of great lines— “I peeled 3200 sweet potatoes today and still didn’t make quota;” “At least when I was at Aretha’s buttercakes, I got some r-e-s-p-e-c-t”—and it was nice to see them do comedy together. Mary sings it beautifully, which explains why she got a standing ovation and she’s wearing a shiny gold dress that looks like the gold foil that wraps around a baked potato. GRADE: B First, I need to point out that Terrence is wearing a quilted blazer that reminds me of the blue quilted tarps movers put over your valuables when you’re moving. Y’all, it’s so bad that I bet Donny Hathaway would came back from the dead “Thriller” style just to kill himself again after hearing this trash.

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