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Terrence Howard is best known nowadays for his role as the manipulative Lucious Lyon on Fox's Empire, and he's soon going to hit the airwaves with a new Fox series that could be just as dastardly as Lucious himself. Thanks to a new FOX special, aptly titled Terrence Howard's Fright Club, his fans will be able to experience his merciless prankster side for themselves. The actor can be seen giving some lucky -- or perhaps unlucky -- fans the fright of their lives for the new project. Here is what you need to know.
The one-hour event special will follow Terrence Howard as he welcomes his super-fans to his remote estate in New Orleans for a weekend. His fans believe they have won an exclusive opportunity to take part in an on-camera VIP experience with the actor. Unbeknownst to them, they have been set-up for a super prank. Howard and everyone else they encounter are actors, in on the joke. Hidden cameras will capture the fans as they experience everything from "swamp monsters" to "voodoo spells." As the weekend progresses, many thrilling adventures will follow before Howard eventually reveals the deception.
If this special sounds like off-the-wall fun, that is because it probably will be. While hidden camera shows are highly entertaining, they have been off the grid for a while. Maybe Terrence Howard's event can bring them back into popular rotation. It seems as though the special is being done in good fun. How the fans will react to learning they were duped will be especially exciting to watch. While some of what happens may be humorous to viewers, they may see it as no laughing matter.
The special's set-up seems to include the fans enduring a set of challenges. At least, that's what FOX's description of their being "pushed to their limits" indicates. Perhaps that is a reference to their patience with the fantastical stuff they witness. The premise does not seem like it is part of a broader experiment, like the Netflix special The Push, which was not particularly funny.
It should be amusing to watch Terrence Howard play an alternate version of himself. While the actor is known for his chilling performance as Lucious Lyon on Empire, everyone who watches knows he is playing a character. For fans taking part in the special, they believe they are hanging out with the real Terrence Howard, who is actually playing a role after all.
New episodes of Empire air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. Terrence Howard fans will not have to wait too much longer to see the actor in his new role as a prankster. Terrence Howard's Fright Club premieres Thursday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. To find out what other shows are coming up on FOX, as well as other networks, check out our guide to the upcoming midseason and summer premieres.