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SCREEN May 19-25, 2018 ALSO INSIDE • Check out 'EMPIRE' • Puzzles & games • Movie releases • Home Improvement shows & more THE NEWS & ADVANCE 16 MAY 19 - 25, 2 018 By Francis Babin Media O ver the millennia, countless em- pires have fallen. The French, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ot- tomans have all seen their dominions crumble beneath them. It doesn't matter who you are, because, as the proverb goes, "all good things must come to an end." On Wednesday, May 23, on Fox, we will find out if the Lyons survive the fourth season of "Empire." Heading into the season finale, there are many looming questions. Will Lucious (Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow," 2005) make good his threat to sick the feds on Eddie (Jussie Smollett, "Alien: Covenant," 2017) and rapper Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray, "The New Edition Story"). Surviving the mean streets and ruth- lessly climbing the corporate ladder hardened the father of three, who is a firm believer in the survival of the fit- test. In one of the poorer decisions in television history, Lucious turned his three equally qualified sons against one another. Since that extremely questionable choice in judgment, there has been much drama, backstabbing and bloodshed (accompanied by a superb soundtrack, of course). The third season of "Empire" literally ended on an explosive note, with Lucious surviving his son Andre's assassina- to suspend one's disbelief and stay invested. However, this has not been the case with "Empire." Its loyal and dedicated audience has stayed with the musical drama throughout its wild run, and there have been no accusations of "jumping the shark." It's easy to see why, since the fourth season has been as strong as ever. While season 4 has been quite captivating and downright entertain- ing, there has been a lot of behind- the-scenes action that didn't bode well for the Wednesday night staple. After a time-slot shift, the series took an extended hiatus to retool the sec- ond half of the season while losing its showrunner, Ilene Chaiken. Neverthe- less, it wasn't all doom and gloom. Last stand: 'Empire' closes its fourth season feature story Legal eagles Ensemble cast helps 'For the People' soar in it's rookie season for ABC Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. HIGH POINT FURNITURE OUTLET Headboard, Dresser, Mirror and Nightstand $729 Chest for $249! Bedroom set in Oak Finish Interest Free SCREEN

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