“Empire” came in with a bang and gave the FOX network the B-12 shot it desperately needed.
The premiere of the highly-anticipated series starring Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, and Grace Gealy, kicked in the ratings door with 9.8 million viewers. Each week, the show continued to break ratings records.
With the success of the first season and a finale that left us all wanting more…we are very excited to tell you, we’ve got all of the scoop on “Empire” season 2!
Here’s the scoop…
“Empire” season 2 will return this fall.
FOX doesn’t want to lose steam or let the dust settle on their hit series. So, it’s been added to their fall line up. But, it will be split into two-parts.
Half of the season will air this fall and end with a cliffhanger. Then, the second half of the season will resume in the spring.
Definitely a win for the viewers of the show.
No time slot changes.
“Empire” will keep it’s Wednesday night at 9 p.m. time slot on FOX.
I was hoping they’d change this to keep the show from competing with “Black-ish.” (Dah well.)
FOX is adding six additional episodes, which will bump the second season up to 18 episodes!
Danny Strong is all about it. Unfortunately, Lee Daniels isn’t happy about the extended season. He’s been very vocal about keeping the series at 12 episodes and during an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter,” Lee said, “It [the first season] was a rough experience — and I don’t know one that I would repeat. I lost my virginity. I don’t know that I would want to lose it again.”
He added that he’s willing to fight the increase, telling FOX to “bring it on!”
Fox TV Group Chairman & CEO Dana Walden says the new season of “Empire” has “amazing guest stars” lined up.
Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, and Lenny Kravitz have been confirmed as guests on the show.
The scoop on the street is Auntie Oprah may be sliding through to holla at Lucious.
More music…with Ne-Yo!
Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Ne-Yo has officially joined Team Empire to write original music for the series.
Now, that’s some good scoop if I must say so myself!
As more information becomes available…I’ll update the post.
If you’re interested…here’s all the scoop on FOX 2015-2016 primetime lineup.
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