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TV is the new radio: 'Empire,' 'Vinyl' and late night talk shows provide wall-to-wall music

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When “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken was working with Quincy Jones in the 1990s, they developed a show about a girl band. “It would have been a smash hit,” Chaiken says now. “But it didn't get on the air. For many years people have talked about doing shows about the music industry — but they...

'Empire' Season 3 Spoilers: Series Executive Ilene Chaiken Drops Details of Plans for Upcoming Installment

Fox's hit drama TV series "Empire" just served one of the most horrific wedding receptions ever since the Red Wedding in "Game of Thrones."

'Empire' Boss Talks Finale Death, Jamal's Fate and 'Godfather'-Inspired Season 3

"I would venture that it sure sounded like someone went over," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR about the deadly cliffhanger. read more

Elisabeth Moss To Star In Straight-To-Series Drama ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ On Hulu

Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for drama The Handmaid’s Tale from MGM Television based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling novel, with Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) attached to star. Ilene Chaiken wrote the original script...Show More Summary

Another One Four Bite the Dust

So, wow, I was gone for two weeks and four (yes, FOUR) lesbian, bisexual (or as Ilene Chaiken likes to say “opportunist”) female characters were killed off. That’s two on “The Vampire Diaries” and two on “Empire.” Forget boat, we’re going to need a bigger graveyard to bury all these gays. Show More Summary

‘Empire’ Showrunner On Supercharged Return, Naomi Campbell & ‘The Godfather’

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's episode of Empire. "What I can say is that the first two episodes launch us into Season 2B and then it takes off like a demon," Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken said of the return tonight of the blockbuster Fox series after nearly four months away. Show More Summary

'Empire' Showrunner Teases Midseason Return: "Hakeem Has to Make a Choice"

Showrunner Ilene Chaiken also previews "a big, big reveal coming for Andre in the latter half of the season." read more

‘Empire’ boss says keep all eyes on Lucious: 'A lot will be revealed’

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details about the most recent episodes of Empire. Prepare for even more Lucious Lyon upon the return of Empire.  Executive producer Ilene Chaiken says audiences will learn even more about the cruel mogul's...Show More Summary

‘Empire’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’ Showrunners On Diversity, Too Much TV And More — NATPE

Showrunners Ilene Chaiken (Empire) and Michelle Ashford (Masters Of Sex) took the stage at NATPE today mainly to talk about the life of a showrunner, but they also touched on such issues as diversity, the state of broadcast TV and the...Show More Summary

'Empire' Season 2 Spoilers: Someone - Not Rhonda - Will Die

The "Empire" Season 2 winter finale left Rhonda Lyon's fate in question, but remarks by "Empire" showrunner Ilene Chaiken suggest that the character will live, though - perhaps - her baby will die.

L-Word Creator Ilene Chaiken, Ellen DeGeneres Make The Hollywood Reporter’s 2015 Women in Entertainment Power 100

7 months agoLGBT / Gay : Out.com

The Hollywood Reporter has compiled its annual list of the most powerful women in the entrainment industry and The L Word co-creator Ilene Chaiken and Ellen DeGeneres have made the list.  RELATED | Power 50: Ellen DeGeneres Made up of...Show More Summary

Taraji P. Henson and Ilene Chaiken Make the Most of 'Empire's' Big Splash

The actress and showrunner behind broadcast's top scripted series — both THR Power 100 honorees — reflect on a truly breakout year and how female characters like Cookie Lyon are changing the conversation. read more

Could The L Word Come Back? Here's What The Creator Says

et?s face it: we are in a world full of remakes- much to the jubilation of fans whose shows went too soon. So, could past Showtime?s The L Word join the ranks of rowdy reboots? Ilene Chaiken, who created the groundbreaking drama said this:Click To Continue Reading

'Empire' Boss Breaks Down Fall Finale: Lucious Is "Pushed to the Edge"

"Losing his company is possibly the worst thing that could happen to Lucious Lyon," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR of the CEO's shocking ouster. read more

50 Brilliant LGBTQ Women Behind The Television Camera

8 months agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

From Ali Adler to Nahnatchka Khan to Ilene Chaiken to three different women named "Liz," you might not recognize their faces, but you'll definitely recognize their work. The post 50 Brilliant LGBTQ Women Behind The Television Camera appeared first on Autostraddle.

'Empire' Boss on Lucious' "Unlikely Alliance," That Almost Three-Way and Cookie's "Special Bond"

"He wants to be the sun, the moon, the stars and whatever else is left in the universe needs to revolve around him," showrunner Ilene Chaiken told THR about Lucious' quest for dominance. read more

Pop Culture Fix: Ellen Is Going To Just Keep Swimming Into Your Heart Forever

8 months agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

The first trailer for Finding Dory is here and so is Ellen's commentary on Starbucks' new "Satan Sippers." Freeheld's director feels like his movie was "de-gayed." New teasers for Transparent and Jessica Jones. Ilene Chaiken knows you want a Cookie Lyon standalone show. Show More Summary

TV Club: A strong episode brings Empire back down to earth

At the risk of beating a dead gorilla, Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken did a fascinating interview last week in which she talked about the infamous Cookie-in-a-cage scene in “The Devils Are Here.” TVLine’s Michael Slezak asks about the...Show More Summary

Ilene Chaiken Invites You To Thank Ilene Chaiken For “Empire”‘s Lesbianism

9 months agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

Plus: Nicki Minaj is getting her own ABC Family comedy, Carol is "flawless," Ellen Page's Lioness snags a female director, the trailer for Jessica Jones is here, and even more pop culture news! The post Ilene Chaiken Invites You To Thank Ilene Chaiken For “Empire”‘s Lesbianism appeared first on Autostraddle.

'Empire' Boss on Cookie's "Heartbreak," Jamal's "Burden" and Anika's "Obsession"

"It's very, very painful for Cookie to be estranged. He's been her everything," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR about that pivotal scene between Cookie and Jamal in the season premiere. read more

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