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When Mo’nique teamed up with Lee Daniels, she earned an Oscar statue for her stunning work in Precious. Since nabbing the Academy Award, the 47-year-old actress has been practically MIA. Not for lack of trying though.

A couple of months ago while promoting her film Blackbird, Mo’nique revealed she was set to reunite with Daniels on two projects- The Butler and Empire. Eventually, the roles went to Oprah Winfrey and Taraji P. Henson respectively.

After she claimed she was initially offered the juicy role of Cookie Lyon, Danny Strong, the writer for The Butler and co-creator of Empire, stated that Mo’nique was never offered the roles. Turns out, the actress wasn’t lying one bit.

During an interview with Sway, she pulled out the emails, proving her claims were valid. While I can’t picture anyone else as Cookie than Taraji, I’m glad that Mo’nique cleared her name. Many thought she was making things up as retaliation for Daniels saying Mo’nique ‘blackballed herself‘ in Hollywood after winning the Oscar. Check out the emails and interview below.

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Daredevil & Younger Receive Season 2 Renewals

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It’s been a good week for freshman shows. Both Daredevil and Younger were renewed for a second season each by Netflix and TV Land respectively.

Marvel’s Daredevil received the good news less than two weeks since being released on the streaming service. Netflix doesn’t reveal what ratings their programs generate, but one has to assume they’re solid enough to warrant a second season. When it returns though, it might feel a tad different. Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will take over as the new showrunners. Daredevil is the first of five Marvel series debuting on Netflix.

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Now this is more like it!!! When Christina Aguilera signed on for a guest arc on the ABC drama Nashville, many expected X-Tina to dabble in country. The first track she recorded, “The Real Thing,” harkened more to her Back to Basics era and sounded more pop cabaret than anything you’d hear on country radio. With her latest, the 34-year-old singer finally channels her inner country gal.

Shotgun” is an emotional moving ballad. X-tina exhibits restrained vocals much like she did on her “Say Something” collaboration with A Great Big World. Even without her signature growling, Christina’s voice is bombastic. Elegant, but still powerful.

She performed “Shotgun” earlier this week at the ACM Awards with Rascal Flatts. The studio version also features male vocals but I’m not entirely convinced it’s Rascal Flatts. I’m leaning towards an actor who appears on Nashville. Give it a listen below.

“I really love the song. It speaks to long-lasting love, the roads it takes, the turns it makes and how it lasts forever,” Christina told PEOPLE. “When I perform it, I really think of that older couple who have been through it all and who have stood the test of time with the changes that their relationship goes through.”

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John Stamos Officially Confirms Fuller House

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News first broke out about a potential Full House sequel earlier this month. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Stamos officially confirmed a revival of the popular TGIF sitcom is coming. “We’ve been working on this for many, many years,” the 51-year-old actor shared.

Fuller House is set to debut sometime in 2016 with 13 episodes. The Netflix series will see Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber reprising their roles as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler. While other stars from the original ABC series are currently in negotiations to appear on the show in guest-starring capacities, these three ladies will helm the series. Read about the show’s premise below.

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Poor Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson. They have no idea what they signed up for. As if a normal season of The Bachelor or Bachelorette wasn’t crazy enough? These poor girls have to endure apparently ‘50 shades of cray‘ for Season 11. At least based on the first promo released by ABC.

In the clip, we see some of the guys already engaging in some heated battles on the first night, along with a guy making his entrance as a huge giant cupcake. I think that’s a first for the long-running reality show. That’s not even the half of it.

Things will undoubtedly get even wackier when the guys have to place their votes on who they want as the official Bachelorette. If you’ve read the spoilers, you know who they picked. Personally, I’m ecstatic on who was chosen.

The Bachelorette’s two-night season premiere begins Monday, May 18, at 8 p.m. on ABC. Check out the first clip below. Both ladies look stunning.

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Anyone else going through Empire withdrawal? I definitely am. It’s not the same without a weekly sassy one-liner from the one and only Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson).

TVLine.com reports that two cast members featured during the freshman series of the hip-hop drama have been promoted for Season 2. Have any guesses? While I was hoping for either Naomi Campbell or Courtney Love to make more appearances, I’m okay with the lucky duo. These two characters are fan favorites and made memorable splashes whenever they appeared on screen. Find out who below.

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Were you shocked by the final moments of last night’s Revenge? Did Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) blow herself up in a final act of revenge against Emily Thorn (Emily VanCamp)? It would appear so, however, the Grayson matriarch has cheated death once before. Remember the Season 1 cliffhanger where she escaped the exploding plane?

Entertainment Weekly sat down with 56-year-old actress about her character’s fate on the ABC drama. More importantly, she discusses her involvement with Revenge should it continue for another season. Keep in mind she signed a five-year contract with the show. Read some quotes from her interview below.

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If you’re a regular reader, it’s no secret that I’m beyond excited to check out Scream Queens. When it comes to a Ryan Murphy production, you’re pretty much guaranteed a fantastic first season. It’s the subsequent seasons that can be hit or miss. Am I right, or am I right?

Entertainment Weekly recently snagged their hands on some new promotional material for the new FOX anthology series. The three new posters are in line with the already-released video teasers which incorporated sharp knives and bubble gum. Like the clips, only Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer are featured. When will Lea Michele and company get in on the artwork? Check out the other two posters below.

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