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The highly anticipated second season of Empire is just one week away.

Before the cast makes its way back into our living rooms next Wednesday, they’re giving fans small tidbits to hold onto in a hot and sexy Hollywood Reporter feature. Covering the publication in bold colors, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. HensonJussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Bryshere Y. Gray have put us and our closets on notice.

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Noticeably missing is Grace Gealey, but hopefully we’ll get a dose of her beauty in a new spread soon. Inside, we get a look at the “batshit crazy” team of writers who make Empire‘s script what it is. Taraji also talks Cookie’s appeal, and creator Lee Daniels confirms an Empire spinoff before defending Terrence, who’s been making headlines after speaking on his abusive past.

Check out some excerpts below.

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Taraji on Cookie:

“So after however many years I’ve been in this business, I finally have Hollywood’s attention.”

Lee Daniels on an Empire spinoff:

“It’s coming…without question.”

Daniels on Terrence Howard’s troubles:

“That poor boy [Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

Is Lee Daniels insinuating we shouldn’t call Terrence out because White men have done the same?

Check out photos of the cast on its most fashionable behavior up top and leave your thoughts below. Empire hits FOX on Wednesday, September 23rd at 9 p.m.

SOURCE: THR, JustJared | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram

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