Empire: Nicole Ari Parker Promoted to Series Regular!

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Empire will have a lot more Giselle in Season 5. 

According to Deadline, the Fox sudser has promoted Nicole Ari Parker to a full-fledged series regular for the new season. 

Season 5 will find the character “stepping out of the shadow of her ex in an effort to seize power herself. Along the way she’ll tackle grudges, make unexpected alliances and find a surprising love interest.”

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Giselle first appeared on Empire Season 4 in a recurring capacity as one of the many ex-wives of Eddie Barker (Forest Whitaker). 

When Empire Season 4 concluded, Giselle and Eddie were in control of the company, but the surprise death of Anika Calhoun is sure to cause some issues between them and the board. 

Related: Empire renewed for Season 5 at Fox

There's no word yet on whether Whitaker will be back for the new episodes, but he is attached to lead the cast of Epix drama, Godfather of Harlem. 

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However, we're sure Giselle will be able to bring the drama all on her own. In her five episodes, she proved herself to be witty, resourceful and not scared to get caught up in the big feuds. 

Empire Season 4 served as a return to form for the series, and there's a good chance the show will continue to pack a punch creatively in Season 5 with Giselle sticking around. 

Related: Empire Season 4 Episode 18 Review: The Empire Unpossessed

With two series regulars written out on Empire Season 4 Episode 18, it was time for the series to add some new blood to the cast. 

Okay, Empire Fanatics!

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What are your thoughts on this latest casting news? Are you happy to have more Giselle?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Empire online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up on all the latest action right now. 

Empire returns to Fox later this year. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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