TVLine Items: Chris Rock's Empire Role Revealed, Silverman on Sex and More

Chris Rock Empire

When veteran comedian Chris Rock appears on Empire, he’ll find himself in very unfunny circumstances.

The Fox drama on Tuesday tweeted photos from the Season 2 set, including snapshots of Rock’s guest appearance as a prison inmate. The comic will reportedly play a man from Lucious’ past, whom he encounters while incarcerated on murder charges.

Scroll down to see Empire‘s behind-the-scenes photos, which show Rock chatting with co-creator Lee Daniels and star Terrence Howard.

Other Season 2 guest stars include musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.

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

* Sarah Silverman will reprise her role as Helen on Masters of Sex‘s third season, Showtime announced Wednesday. In the multi-episode arc — which series star Michael Sheen first confirmed to our sister site Deadline — Helen and Annaleigh Ashford’s Betty are trying to have a baby, which proves quite a challenge for a lesbian couple in 1966.

* For a limited time, HBO is now offering free access on Facebook to the premiere episodes of Ballers and The Brink, which debuted June 21. Ballers can be viewed on star Dwayne Johnson’s official page, while The Brink can be viewed on the series’ page.

* Cable network AXS TV has scored off-network rights to the first three seasons of Nashville, whose reruns will begin airing this fall, Deadline reports.

* Longtime Access Hollywood co-anchor Shaun Robinson announced Wednesday she will be leaving the series. She will next focus on developing and producing TV projects with NBCUniversal and her production company, Robin Hood Productions.