Fall TV Preview

New Empire Trailer Offers First Look at Mariah Carey Being... Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey didn’t have to venture too far outside her wheelhouse — or her closet — for her upcoming stint on Empire.

The new, just-released Season 3 trailer above offers a sneak peek at the pop diva’s character and she looks, sounds and dresses a lot like, well, Mariah Carey. Technically, however, Carey will be playing “Kitty,” a mega-superstar who helps Jamal dig deep to overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough. (We suspect/hope the person Kitty’s seen throwing shade at early in the clip is Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie.)

Strangely, the 60-second promo does not feature any footage of the season’s other big guest star, Taye Diggs, whose character is coming in as a potential love interest for Cookie. “His story is all about Cookie,” exec producer Ilene Chaiken confirmed earlier this month at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “It starts as a Jamal story and then intersects [with Cookie].”

Empire returns Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c on Fox. Carey’s episode airs Oct. 5.

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5 Comments
  1. Kevin K says:

    #CookievsMariah

  2. mariahlover99 says:

    Yesss! Slay Mariah

  3. Michelle says:

    So more stunt casting… Sigh. I thought they learned their lessons about guest stars overshadowing the story?

    • Mimi says:

      Agreed, I am looking forward to Mariah Carey’s LAST scene on the show. Great singer, terrible actress!!!

      Also, for some reason Taye Diggs seems too little FOR Cookie in every way possible. I would have picked someone with a stronger presence like Morris, Blair, Boris or Idris. Just to name a few.

  4. I was among those who complained about the stunt casting last season. Mariah is in a league of her own so I have no problem with her, plus she’s hilarious and I’m sure sprinkle butterflies and fairy dust and whistle notes all over her episodes lol.
    .
    I still say Xzibit needs to go. Love the guy but his character didn’t bring anything to the finale. Worse, he completely disturbed the flow. I really hope they don’t spend too much time on him.
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    I’m much more interested in Dwight’s half brother. Magnificent casting on this one. The minute I saw him, I thought he looked a lot like Terrance Howard.
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    Looking forward to season 3. Hoping for more focus on the Lyons, Jamal getting rid of his abusive new DL boyfriend, Hakeem growing the heck up, Dre finally getting some appreciation for all his hard work, and Cookie and Lucious reigning over the music industry together. Also, please don’t let Anika carry her husband’s son’s child to term. Too messy.