Empire season 5 cast Joss Stone; American Gods season 2 tease; Titans renewed (Quick Hits)

Empire season 4 episode 1Let’s kick off this edition of CarterMatt TV Quick Hits with Empire season 5 continuing the show’s super-rich tradition of casting known names. This time around, it’s Joss Stone!

According to TVLine, singer / songwriter Stone will be appearing in at least one November episode as Wynter, a performer who Jamal was collaborating with on her new project. He made a commitment to further along her career only to then depart to New York City. As you can imagine, she is none too pleased about this turn of events and is going to have some rather pointed things to say as a result of it.

Stone has acted before on The Tudors, and given what we already know about Empire it is fair to expect that one appearance could turn into many depending on the direction of the story.

As for some other notable headlines…

American Gods season 2 foundation – It feels like an understatement to say that the Starz drama has witnessed tumultuous times. There have been showrunner changes and a massive delay following season 1, but this weekend at New York Comic-Con, there will be some new footage shown to some of the attendees!

So what does series author Neil Gaiman have to say about some of the story that lies ahead? Speaking per Deadline while at New York Comic-Con, he offered up the following:

“…We also go deeper into our characters, so you get to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) was like as a kid. You get to go much more deeply into Shadow’s relationship with Laura (Emily Browning), into Laura’s relationship with Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber), into Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) relationship with everyone. You get to spend more time in the company of the new gods.”

Season 2 is poised to (finally) come out in the new year.

DC Universe renews Titans – This didn’t take all that long at all. The streaming service has officially confirmed that they are bringing back the superhero series for another season, even with the first season not even online yet. Clearly, they have faith in the product, and they also realize that there needs to be quality content on the service in order to keep a diehard contingent of subscribers.

What do you think about this latest batch of TV news? As always, we welcome many of your thoughts right away in the attached comments. (Photo: Fox.)

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