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Thanks to a little help from Taraji P. Henson and the FOX network, you may find yourself getting in the holiday spirit early.

The network is hoping to have a repeat of last year’s successful holiday special, which was hosted by Henson and her Empire co-star Terrance Howard. They were joined by several of music’s biggest stars including Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Jamie Foxx.

One noticeable change this year is that Terrance Howard won’t be hosting with Taraji, but he may still appear on the show.

From Entertainment Weekly :

If you were worried about missing Cookie Lyon’s special charm and fur coats over the festive season when “Empire” takes its winter break, Taraji P. Henson has the best gift ever. The Golden Globe-winning star is set to return for Fox’s second annual music and variety special, “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays”.

The actress, who portrays Cookie on the Fox hit, will be joined for the one-hour special by her on-screen son Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon). Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Darryl McDaniels (Run-DMC), Snoop Dogg, and TLC will all also be stopping by to spread some holiday cheer with performances of classic holiday songs.

This year’s variety show will also feature cameo appearances by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry (“Boo! A Madea Halloween”) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Terry Crews.

“Taraji’s White Hot Holidays” is set to air Thursday, December 8 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT, on Fox. The following week is the midseason finale of Empire on December 14 and the series premiere of Lee Daniels latest drama Star, which centers on a female girl group in Atlanta.

 

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