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EMPIRE [LENGTH CHANGE]
Air Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST on FOX
Episode Title: (EMP-401) "Noble Memory"
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Audio descriptions (AD) for tonight's episodes of EMPIRE and STAR are available on the SAP Audio Channel.]

**SEASON PREMIERE**--"EMPIRE" - (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

LUCIOUS RETURNS TO THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF "EMPIRE" WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, ON FOX

STAR's Queen Latifah Guest-Stars

In celebration of Empire's 20th Anniversary, Lucious makes his first public appearance since the explosion in Las Vegas, but still has no memory of his family, Empire or his life before the accident. A devastated Cookie struggles to rebuild her relationship with him, while keeping a close eye on his nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore). Meanwhile, Andre is faced with an investigation by the LAPD surrounding the night of the explosion, Diana DuBois (guest star Phylicia Rashad) continues her war against the Lyons and the worlds of EMPIRE and STAR collide when Carlotta (guest star Queen Latifah) comes face-to-face with Cookie and Lucious in the all-new "Noble Memory" Season Four premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (EMP-401) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere 'Yazz' Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Xzibit as Shine Johnson, Andre Royo as Thurston "Thirsy" Rawlings, Rumer Willis as Tory Ash and Terrell Carter as Warren Hall.

Guest Cast: Queen Latifah as Carlotta Brown, Phylicia Rashad as Diana DuBois, Demi Moore as Claudia, Kevin 'Webb' Wigfall as Webb, Mike Moh as Steve Cho, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, Adam Poss as Franco, Aston Taylor as Aston Taylor, and Pamela Jones as Interviewer.

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EMPIRE (FOX)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/7/15 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2017)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
4 (18 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from FOX's press release, January 2017) FOX has renewed the hit drama EMPIRE for a fourth season. The series returns for its spring premiere Wednesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. EMPIRE ranks as the No. 1 broadcast drama among Adults 18-49 for the third consecutive season and is the No. 1 broadcast entertainment program among Adults 18-34, Teens and young women. EMPIRE earns FOX's largest Total Multi-Platform audience, averaging almost 16 million Total Viewers for the 2016/17 broadcast season, up +82% from its Live + Same Day delivery. The critically acclaimed series has garnered multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. It was the only broadcast series to earn a 2016 Golden Globe Award nomination in the category of Best Television Series - Drama, and Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. Additionally, Henson has received back-to-back Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The series also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. EMPIRE recently received seven NAACP Image Awards nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bre-Z as Freda Gatz
· Bryshere "Yazz" Gray as Hakeem Lyon
· Gabourey Sidibe as Becky
· Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun
· Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon
· Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins
· Serayah McNeill as Tiana
· Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon
· Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha
· Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon
· Trai Byers as Andre Lyon
· Xzibit as Shine Johnson
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon
· Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner
CREW INFORMATION:
· Brian Grazer as EP
· Danny Strong as CRTR/EP
· Francie Calfo as EP
· Ilene Chaiken as EP
· Lee Daniels as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley as PROD
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 20th Century Fox Television
· Imagine Television
· Lee Daniels Entertainment