‘Empire’ Hooks Up with Pepsi

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Empire hooks up with Pepsi

On the Dec. 2 midseason finale, Jamal Lyon, according to Variety, “will nab an all-important commercial endorsement from Pepsi, which in turn will use one of his songs as part of a new ad campaign. As characters on the show prepare to take a gander at Lyon’s new commercial, the show will break for one: a 60-second spot from Pepsi featuring the character and the song.” Empire co-creator Lee Daniels will direct the Pepsi ad. PLUS: Empire ratings tick up.

Transparent unveils its Season 2 trailer

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Charlie Sheen is shopping a memoir

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South Park mocks ad blocking and sponsored content

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Sarah Palin devoted a chapter in her new book to Louis CK

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Justin Theroux: I wasn’t given a heads-up on this week’s Leftovers twist

“I knew it was going to happen when I read that script,” he says.

Harry Hamlin joins Epix’s Graves

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Dennis Quaid plays a Donald Trump-like character on Crackle’s first drama series

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Stephen Colbert is outraged by President Obama’s Game of Thrones ignorance

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Trainspotting author is turning to TV with Miami Hype comedy for TBS

Irvine Welsh, whose novel became the hit 1996 movie, will write and produce the comedy set in Miami’s art scene.