Taraji P Henson reveals plans for her Empire spin-off show have been postponed: ‘I think absence makes the heart grow fonder’
Taraji P Henson has revealed her Empire spin-off is now on hold.
The hit TV show was set to be add a new spin-off series, but the 50-year-old actress has shared that plans for the show have been paused for the time being.
The performer previously portrayed music mogul Cookie Lyon on the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong-created program, which ended after a six-season run that concluded in 2020.
Taking their time: Taraji P Henson has said that the development of her Empire spin-off show has been postponed for the time being; she is pictured in 2019
Speaking about the spin-off series, which was originally due to air last year, Henson explained to Entertainment Tonight: ‘I think we’re gonna put it to rest for a sec.’
The Hustle & Flow actress expressed that she was in favor of the spin-off’s team taking time off in order to work on a solid story that would please Empire’s fans.
‘For me, the script has to be right. It has to be worthy of the audience. We have to give the audience something incredible, and sometimes, I think you need time, time away,’ she said.
‘I think absence makes the heart grow fonder,’ she added.
Doing it for the fans: The actress expressed that she wanted the potential show’s scripts and story to be ‘worthy of the audience’ before the spin-off’s team proceeded further with the project
Plans for an Empire spin-off were first announced last summer, and Henson was initially set to both produce and star in the potential series, which would have focused on Cookie’s activities following the show’s conclusion.
However, it was reported last December that Fox, the program’s original network, had passed on the project and that it was actively being shopped around to other potential buyers.
In the short term, Henson is preparing to host the BET Awards this weekend, and she is feeling excited ahead of the ceremony in Los Angeles.
Putting in work: Plans for a spin-off series centered around Henson’s character, Cookie Lyon, were announced last year after Empire ended following a six-season run on Fox
The actress is keen to help people to ‘forget about the woes and the troubles of the world’.
Henson also remarked that she would attempt to bring her vivacious personality to the forefront during her hosting gig and that she was excited to be taking charge of the annual awards ceremony.
Taking their time: Last December, it was reported that Fox had passed on the project and that its team was actively shopping it around to other networks
‘I’m always going to try to make you laugh and forget about the woes and the troubles of the world, so look forward to a lot of fun, a lot of laughter, because that’s what I like to do,’ she said.
Taraji also revealed that the upcoming show would focus on celebrating the influence and achievements of women of African-American descent.
She said: ‘What I love particularly about this year is that we are celebrating the Black woman.
‘This is the year of the Black woman because the Black woman has made incredible strides in changing history, politics, music – you name it, we done it,’ she added.
Big expectations: Henson is also set to host the upcoming BET Awards, and told the media outlet that she wanted to make viewers ‘laugh and forget about the woes and the troubles of the world’; she is pictured in 2019