*Trai Byers (“All My Children”) and Grace Gealey have signed on as series regulars for Fox’s hip-hop themed drama pilot “Empire.”
The series stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public.
Byers will play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as a tall, brilliant and compelling individual with a dark side. Gealey will play Anika, the head of A&R for Empire and Lucious’ current lady friend.
*“America has always been a nation of fearless explorers who dream big and reach farther than others imagine,” President Barack Obama said as he introduced Sunday’s premiere of Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” [Click through to watch.]
“Today we’re doing everything we can to bring that same sense of possibility to a new generation, because there are new frontiers to explore and we need Americans eager to explore them,” he said in the video message.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson leads the 13-episode series billed as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” that debuted in 1980 with host Carl Sagan.