Empire Season 2: Adam Rodriguez to Recur — and Woo Cookie?

Is Cookie about to get some new nookie?

Adam Rodriguez (The Night Shift, CSI: Miami) has joined Season 2 of Empire in a recurring role, and from the sounds of it, his character may be mixing up a cocktail that’s equal parts business and pleasure for Empire Entertainment’s matriarch.

Rodriguez will play native New Yorker and former EMT Laz Delgado, who’s described by producers as “a smooth-talking concert promoter with expert hustler skills… who takes an interest in Cookie.” (Bracing for a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation joke in 5, 4, 3, 2…)

Season 2 of Empire kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c.

Comedian Chris Rock, R&B superstar Alicia Keys and rock god Lenny Kravitz all previously signed on for guest-starring roles during Season 2.

Additionally, Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones, who play Lucious’ and Cookie’s respective lackeys Becky and Porsha, have been elevated to full-fledged series regulars, TVLine reported exclusively in April.

Excited about Rodriguez joining the Empire fold? What are the chances he’ll end up as the Lady Lyon’s boyfriend? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Kelly says:


  2. Steven says:

    I’m not a fan of his. Ever since he was added to the cast of Roswell he just irks me. I can’t really explain it.

  3. King says:

    I’d rather they bring the delicious Derek Luke back!!!

  4. MiaB says:

    He also played Taraji P. Henson’s love interest in I Can Do Bad All By Myself.

  5. Ash says:

    Reunited and it feels so good! I loved them together in I can do bad all by myself! I would bet money that Taraji suggested him for the role! They have mad chemistry

  6. Cas says:

    Don’t watch this show but I love him!

  7. Ian says:

    Im good with this. They were lovely together in I Can Do Bad By Myself.

    I just want to know if Eka Darville will be back though.

    • Annie says:

      If they bring Eka Darville back I hope that we will finally have equal time. There’s no need for the long distance camera shots, or lack of screentime.

  8. Erica says:

    Nooooooo I don’t want Adam Rodriguez. I want Derek Luke back as Malcolm DeVeaux.

  9. TAL says:

    Reblogged this on Cerulean Chronicle and commented:
    Attention ‘Empire’ fans! Adam Rodriguez (The Night Shift, CSI: Miami) has joined the cast of ‘Empire’ season 2 in a recurring role. According to TV Line, Rodriguez’s character will be a mix of business and pleasure for Empire matriarch, Cookie Lyon. ‘Empire’ returns on September 23, 2015 at 9/8C on FOX.

  10. Temperance says:

    Adam – amazing body, but acting? Not so much.

  11. B says:

    I loved their chemistry in I Can Do Bad All By Myself. He was so hot in Magic Mike and he was my favorite on CSI Miami

  12. bill says:

    new play mate for cooki! Cant wait to see him on show

  13. nonnie says:

    I’m so glad that Adam Rodriquez is playing in season 2 oh my goodness it’s going to be off the hook.

  14. Denice Smith says:

    Great choice,Adam Rodriguez a cool dude for a hot Cook.