If you read my column you know I write a recap for Empire and always have only good things to say about it because it is brilliant and fun and entertaining. If you have not seen it yet you have to watch, start at Season one and you will be hooked.
Here is the press release chock full of information about ‘Empire’.
Good Luck to everyone nominated tonight at the Indie Awards.
Starstudded Cast Earns Empire Eight Indie Soap Nominations, Forecasts Bright Fourth Season
Another As The World Turns Alumna Joins Empire Cast for Season Four
MANHATTAN, NY–Rising online indie soap opera Empire received eight Indie Soap Award nominations for its outstanding work in its third season. The 2010 nominations come at the work of a skilled cast, highlighted by As The World Turns alum Yvonne Perry (as Valerie), and Guiding Light alumnae Tina Sloan (as Theodora Grant Haven) and Orlagh Cassidy (as Colleen Lively). Season three also saw guest appearances from Days of Our Lives stars Casey Deidrick (as Gabe) and Molly Burnett (as Lisa) who earned an Indie Soap Nomination and plans to return to her role on Empire next season. Joining the party of nominations is Afton Boggiano for her breakthrough performance as Lucy Lively. Driving the talent-fused cast is the writing of Greg Turner and Brian Hewson, who were also recognized for their work.
Empire received nominations in the following categories:
- OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, Tina Sloan
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, Toby Levin
- OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Kathryn Neville Browne
- OUTSTANDING WRITING, Greg Turner & Brian Hewson
- BEST STORYLINE, Theodora takes over Empire
- BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, Afton Boggiano
- OUTSTANDING GUEST APPEARANCE, Molly Burnett
- FAN’S CHOICE AWARD
The Indie Soap Awards take place on February 21, 2011.
On the brink of it’s fourth season, Empire continues to pile on the soap stars as the plots continue to twist. One season four addition to the cast will be Ellen Dolan, formerly seen on As The World Turns as Margo Hughes. Inspired by the work of Empire, Ellen not only joined the cast, but looked to create her own role.
” I was invited to go to the screening of Empire by Yvonne Perry, and much to my surprise, I found a funny, quirky piece that I felt comfortable pitching my character to” said Dolan. “I’ve always wanted to have a chance to play her, and was delighted when Brian and Greg said yes.”
Another benchmark for Empire was reaching their first fundraising goal. “The recognition Empire has received from season three is a product of the hard work and extreme dedication yielded by everyone in this cast” said Greg Tuner. “We’ve been able to do so much on a small budget. We hope that additional funding will help this project reach an even higher potential than it has.”
Season Four will explore further mystery, murder, love triangles, and gay, lesbian, straight and bisexual relationships. Further casting news will be released soon.
For more information and to tune in, visit www.empiretheseries.com, facebook.com/empiretheseries, or on twitter at @EmpireTheSeries.