Peek Inside ‘Empire’ Season 3 Premiere Party in Chicago (Photos)

Mikey Glazer
Peek Inside ‘Empire’ Season 3 Premiere Party in Chicago (Photos)

The night before Season 3 of “Empire” premieres, the cast gave a sneak screening in Chicago where they film the show, followed by an after-party at Soho House.

The first couple of “Empire”, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson arrive for the screening.In one of the few months that the outdoor pool at Chicago’s posh venue is usable, the pool atop Soho House in the West Loop was decked out.

Phylicia Rashad is a guest star on the upcoming season.Ta’Rhonda Jones, who plays Porsha Taylor, lounges on the poolside daybeds with Henson.

At the Emmys earlier this week, host Jimmy Kimmel suggested it might be time for Taraji to drop the “P.” So far, the middle initial stays.

Biz Markie DJ’ing the after party offers an opportunity for a cheap pun: Since May when “Empire” season two signed off  with a tumble from a 30-story balcony, Fox has “got what I  need”…an answer to the literal cliffhanger.

Only 48 hours after the Emmys in Los Angeles, the whole braintrust reunited in Chicago at the Harris Theater: EP/Creator Danny Strong, 20th TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis, Co-Chair and Co-CEO Fox TV Group Dana Walden, Howard, Henson, Co-Chair and Co-CEO Fox TV Group Gary Newman, EP Brian Grazer, and Fox Entertainment President David Madden.

Rapper Xzibit is done pimping rides. He  becomes a series regular, playing a rival to Lucious Lyon. Taye Diggs will be recurring this season.”Empire” on the streets of Chicago.

These two producers have a lot to hug about: Brian Grazer and Ilene Chaiken.

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