The Simpsons Taraji P. Henson

TVLine Items: Cookie Visits Simpsons, Amy Schumer's 'Toon Boom and More

Empire star Taraji P. Henson will take on a different type of empire for The Simpsons’ first-ever one-hour episode.

The special installment, airing January 2017, finds Mr. Burns seeking revenge on a music producer with the help of Homer, Bart, the mogul’s ex-wife, Cookie Praline (voiced by Henson), and rapper Jazzy James (Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key).

The Simpsons returns for Season 28 on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8/7c on Fox.

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

* Comedienne Amy Schumer will lend her voice to all of Fox’s animated comedies — Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons and Family Guy — on Sept. 25.

* USA Network has given a pilot order to the drama The Tap, written by Andrew Lenchewski (Royal Pains) and Aaron Tracy (Law & Order: SVU) and executive-produced by prolific film director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally). The project is set at Yale University circa 1969, during the height of America’s cultural and political revolution, as three students struggle to find their true identities.

* Amazon has released a trailer for Transparent Season 3, premiering Sept. 23.