TVLine Items: Empire Only on Hulu, Preacher's First Recruit and More

In the mood to watch Cookie Lyon throw shoes whenever you want? Better make sure you’ve got Hulu.

The streaming service announced Thursday that it has acquired the exclusive rights to Empire, Fox’s breakout drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

All episodes from the just-concluded first season are available now to Hulu subscribers, while all future episodes will be available the day after initial broadcast.

Empire‘s story lines and music continue to dominate the popular culture conversation each week,” said Craig Erwich, senior vice president and head of content at Hulu, in a statement. “Since its premiere, the series has remained one of the top shows on Hulu and we are ecstatic to be the exclusive streaming home to the biggest show of the year.”

Empire‘s Season 1 finale averaged 16.7 million total viewers and a 6.5 demo rating, and in January it was renewed for a second season.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has landed the female lead in Preacher, AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s comic, Deadline reports. In the drama pilot — which follows Texas minister Jesse Custer on his search for answers from God — Negga will play Tulip, Custer’s unpredictable girlfriend who joins him on his journey.

* Here are two things you never thought you’d hear in the same sentence: “Mr. T” and “home renovation series.” The former A-Team star will lead a home improvement show, I Pity the Tool, at DIY Network. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the series will find Mr. T demolishing families’ outdated living spaces to make way for remodeled rooms.

* WGN America has released a trailer for Season 2 of Salem (premiering April 5, 10/9c), which finds John Alden (Shane West) heading into an explosive war — literally. Check out the full video below:

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  1. I Pity the Tool sounds like something that would be a visual gag on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

  2. Joey Padron says:

    New trailer for Salem’s new season looks good. Excited to see it next month!

  3. Zayne says:

    Well, guess I won’t be catching up on Empire in the off season now. I hate Hulu with a passion. If I pay you money, I should not have to deal with any commercials.

  4. Tee says:

    I never bothered with Hulu because I didn’t like the idea of charging + commercials, but then several months ago they had a series I wanted to rewatch but too expensive to buy digital eps. I signed up for the free trial, started to stream the first episode. The video quality was totally blurry and awful, then the commercial came on crystal clear. Immediately cancelled and never looked back. Bleh.