Thursday, May 30, 2024

Smollett Case Sealed and Wiped from Record: “Empire” is One of 13 Shows Shooting in Chicago, Boosting Economy


The Jussie Smollett case is sealed and wiped from the record. Like it never happened. The about-face regarding the prosecution of the “Empire” TV star has stunned everyone, including the Chicago PD. Smollett pays no fines. It just all goes away.

What happened? For one thing, “Empire” means a lot to Chicago’s finances. In a city known for murder, “Empire” is a bright spot. It’s also one of 13 TV shows shooting in the Windy City. They included, in 2018:


  • Easy
  • South Side
  • The Chi
  • Shameless
  • Lovecraft
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago PD
  • Chicago Med
  • Empire
  • Red Line
  • Proven Innocent
  • Gotham
  • Second City

What if they all left? What if their actors and crews found Chicago to be inhospitable? Now, everyone can go back to work. No questions asked. It’s Chinatown, Jake.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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