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Taraji P. Henson Developing Cookie-Centric "Empire" Spinoff

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson is working on a Cookie Lyon-centric spinoff of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's hit primetime soap, Empire. According to Deadline, Henson is developing the project as part ofa two-year first-look deal she signed with 20th Century Fox TV.  

 Three talented Empire alums - Strong, Stacy Littlejohn (Single Ladies, Lethal Weapon) and Yolonda Lawrence (Riverdale, Star-Crossed) - will write and executive produce the Cookie project. 

They will also be the showrunners if the Los Angeles-set spinoff goes to pilot. Other executive producers include Henson and Daniels, plus Imagine TV's Brian Grazer and Samie Falvey.

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Henson starred on Empire as Cookie for six seasons and recently launched her own production company, TPH Entertainment, with Christine Conley. Oscar nominee Henson stated of her first-look deal and TPH:

I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace.

Art can change perception and I plan to develop projects that can help further the conversation. I also aim to help cultivate and establish new young talent and their stories because they are our future and deserve a voice and a platform to be heard. I’m so excited to have 20th, led by the talented Carolyn Cassidy, support me in this new endeavor!