The hottest show of the last television season, Empire, is returning for season two with a higher episode count that before! Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed the news before his network Upfront presentation on Monday. Newman is boosting Empire’s episode to 18 episodes, as opposed to the 12 episodes in its record-setting initial run.
In addition, the network plans for Empire to have a split season with a mid-season cliffhanger!
As for what to expect in the second season, Fox CEO Dana Walden told reporters: “We’ve also got amazing guest stars that have lined up to be on the show that will help us not only bring back an audience that fell in love with the show, but help expand it as well.” Walden notes that hit singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is now set to write original music for the hip-hop sudser this season!
Empire will also retain its Wednesday (9PMET) time slot: “We’d be crazy to move it,” Gary Newman said. “We want to thank and reward our fans by keeping it in that time period… The stories we’ve heard already for season 2 will blow away the audience.”
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