Lee Daniels has finally convinced BFF and empress of the world Mariah Carey to guest star on his little primetime soap opera.
Fox announced that the elusive chanteuse will be nailed down to an October 5 debut on Empire.
In Daniels's capable hands, Mariah has delivered impressive, makeup-free, against-type performances in Tennessee, The Butler and, most memorably, Precious: Based on the Novel "I Want to Talk About the Abuse" by Sapphire.
But this is the small screen and Mimi doesn't play those games, according to E!:
Mariah will take on the role of Kitty, a mega-superstar who comes to Empire to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on an explosive new song. When the duet encounters obstacles, Kitty helps Jamal dig deep to overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough.
"They had this one idea and I was like, ‘Look if I'm not going to have an amazing character arc then why would we go on Empire to be basically a version of myself ?' So leave it to Lee and he'll have me in a wig they took out of a garbage can and a mustache."
So, wait, mega-superstar Kiki is nothing like mega-superstar Mimi? Well, either way, Lee Daniels clearly can't have Taraji and Mariah on the same project and not give the kids something to scream about. Lest we forget that wig-snatch of a Naomi Campbell cameo.
Since season two was a bit of a snooze (at least until the last few episodes), Empire better be ready to emancipate the Mimi and release the Cookie for an epic shadefest the likes of which network TV has never seen.