We've witnessed "The Lucious Lyon Sound" and are starting to see the formation of the concert event "Cookie's Cookout" on Fox's hip-hop drama "Empire." Stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will get to host their own concert in real life when they take part in "Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays" on Fox in December.
The holiday special, which airs Dec. 9, will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Jamie Foxx, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Howard and Henson will reportedly perform a duet together, while "other" special guests will also stop by. Will "Empire's" Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray be two of the guest stars?
The Season 2 midseason finale of "Empire" airs the week before the holiday special on Dec. 2. The synopsis reveals that Lucious (Howard) will try to get the rights to a streaming service that he believes will make him "the most powerful man in music." Cookie (Henson) will also face her past head-on when she schedules a concert to be put on at the prison where she was an inmate for 17 years. After the midseason finale, "Empire" won't return until March 30, 2016.
The holiday special will end what has been a sort of roller coaster year for the two actors. In early October, it was reported the two actors weren't getting along on set and that Henson did not like the person Howard was becoming. The 45-year-old actress later shot down the rumors and the two shared a fake video of them arguing on Instagram.
Despite the way their characters get along on "Empire," the two appear to have a good friendship. In September, Henson told Rolling Stone she would not have played Cookie had Howard not been casted for the role as Lucious.
Henson and Howard will look to carry their on-screen chemistry to the holiday special and get viewers in a festive mood. "Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays" airs Wednesday, Dec. 9, on Fox at 9 p.m. EST.