Writers Room | Season 2 | EMPIRE

Writers Room | Season 2 | EMPIRE


ILENE CHAIKEN:
“Empire” was a story that nobody had told before told
in a way that nobody had done. And the writers on the “Empire”
staff went for it full on. Given everything that’s
happened all season long none of that
compared to this. And if those floodgates open
all hell will break loose. [music playing] (SINGING) It’s
merciless, the grind. Sometimes you turn to crime. But the sun will always shine. Yeah. ATTICA LOCKE: I think that
Imagine and Eileen were smart in putting together
from the beginning people who came at this kind of sideways. So you think that Cookie
isn’t a gangster like Lucious. No. She’s not. Why not? It doesn’t feel right. MALCOLM SPELLMAN: Half our
staff is female writers. And I think very,
very importantly the show writer is female. Because it opens up a
million creative doors and it allows them to speak with force. Why would Cookie
have such a problem? Cause Lucious wasn’t
a murderer before that. OK. That’s good enough for me. ATTICA LOCKE: I know I am beyond
lucky to be around strong women with big voices and big ideas. But I hear from the
other women in the room, every room is not like this. I think Luscious should
have actually done it all and that was just how
he became the boss. That’s what I think, yeah. Lucious [inaudible]. We are ever cognizant of
where we are short changing female characters and trying
to always push ourselves to see where we can go deeper. And I think that is
profoundly the influence of women in the room. ILENE CHAIKEN: Hopes are just
using that just to pressure me. ATTICA LOCKE: Threaten her
with getting her locked up like the previous episode. Five years of being
with you Luscious, I know more than you think. If I didn’t know
better, I would say you were threatening me. ILENE CHAIKEN: We
weren’t analyzing television and trying
to repeat something that somebody else had done. We had something to say. (MUSIC) So even if it’s crime,
I’m taking care of mine. So the sun will
always shine on me.

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