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[07/27/15 - 05:07 PM]
"Empire's" Jussie Smollett and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray Set to Perform on "Teen Choice 2015" Airing Sunday, August 16, Live on FOX
In addition, Laura Marano, recording artist Shawn Mendes, Ross Lynch and Michelle Rodriguez are among the latest scheduled to appear.

[07/22/15 - 06:15 PM]
Video: Watch the First Look at Season Two of "Empire"
The show's sophomore run begins Wednesday, September 23 at 9:00/8:00c on FOX.

[07/17/15 - 11:44 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 17
Updates include: Joy Bryant, Chris Diamantopoulos set for Amazon's "The Good Girls Revolt"; DeRay Davis lands role in FX's "Snowfall"; and Josh Hopkins joins the cast of ABC's "Quantico."

[07/09/15 - 10:00 AM]
FOX to Launch "Empire" Singing Contest with Season Two Appearance as Grand Prize
The gold bus, outfitted with a one-of-a-kind recording studio, will travel to 15 cities across the country, giving fans the opportunity to record their versions of the show's biggest hits.

[07/08/15 - 12:00 PM]
Wave Two Nominations Announced for "Teen Choice 2015" Airing Sunday, August 16, Live on FOX
Television's breakout hit, "Empire," leads with seven nominations, while music's biggest star, Taylor Swift, and hit sequel "Pitch Perfect 2" follow with six each.

[07/06/15 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 6
Updates include: Jeremy Sisto, Evan Ross both cast in ABC's "Wicked City"; Amazon, Netflix pass on fourth season of "Hannibal"; and Adan Canto lands role on ABC's "Blood & Oil."

[07/02/15 - 11:16 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, July 2
Updates include: Rockmond Dunbar boards Hulu's "The Way"; Melissa Leo set as "Lady Bird" Johnson in HBO's "All the Way"; and Domenick Lombardozzi joins the cast of FOX's "Rosewood."

[06/29/15 - 11:34 AM]
Twentieth Century Fox Television Signs "Empire" Co-Creator Lee Daniels to Multiyear Overall Deal
Under the extensive pact, he will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio under his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner.

[06/26/15 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Friday, June 26
Updates include: Amazon's "Catastrophe" set for second season; Liza Lapira cast on FOX's "The Guide to Surviving Life"; and Lizzie Brocheré joins "Falling Water" at USA.

[06/25/15 - 10:00 AM]
FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates for the 2015-2016 Season
Newcomer "Minority Report" will help kick things off on Monday, September 21.

[06/05/15 - 01:11 PM]
Actors Taraji P. Henson & Olivia Munn Add Hollywood Star Power to FOX Sports' FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Coverage
The pair has been tapped to narrate several scene-setting teases for FOX Sports' tournament coverage.

[06/02/15 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 2
Updates include: ABC postpones "Of Kings and Prophets" until midseason; Sony Pictures Television, Yahoo! in discussions for more "Community"; and Adam Rodriguez to recur on FOX's "Empire."

[05/29/15 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 29
Updates include: FOX slates "Empire" return for Wednesday, September 23; Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Hudson among latest cast in HBO's "Confirmation"; and animated "Animals" gets two season order from HBO.

[05/21/15 - 03:43 PM]
Updated: ABC's 2014-15 Primetime Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/18/15 - 11:05 AM]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Announces Louis XIII Genius Award Recipient Seth MacFarlane and "Most Bingeworthy Show" Award
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" (FX), "Empire" (FOX), "Game of Thrones" (HBO), "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix), "Vikings" (History) and "The Walking Dead" (AMC) are up for the latter honor.

[05/11/15 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Monday, May 11
Updates include: Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz to visit FOX's "Empire"; Stephanie Mills cast in NBC's "The Wiz Live!"; and Selma Blair, Billy Magnussen board FX's "American Crime Story."

[05/11/15 - 05:00 AM]
FOX Announces New Primetime Series for 2015-2016 Season
Highlights include the new drama "Minority Report," which will follow "Gotham" on Monday nights.

[05/10/15 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Sunday, May 10
Updates include: FOX expands season two of "Empire" to 18 episodes; former CBS drama pilot "Sneaky Pete" to make the cable rounds; and NBC presumably passes on its remaining projects.

[05/07/15 - 11:47 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 7 - Odds & Ends
Updates include: The CW passes on its remaining pilots; Greg Malins to run FOX's "The Grinder"; and NBC to recast Meaghan Rath's role on "People Are Talking."

[05/06/15 - 10:07 AM]
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Nominations for the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards
Said event will be broadcast live on A&E from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, May 31 at 8:00/7:00c.

[04/23/15 - 09:03 AM]
"Empire" Stars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray to Perform with Grammy Award Winning Artist Estelle at the "2015 Billboard Music Awards"
These stars join previously announced musical performers Iggy Azalea, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Britney Spears, and Meghan Trainor.

[04/20/15 - 11:20 PM]
Development Update: Monday, April 20
Updates include: Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood sign onto the "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" spin-off; Mitch Pileggi's Walter Skinner back for FOX's "The X-Files" revival; and Janina Gavankar lands role on CBS comedy pilot.

[04/06/15 - 02:44 PM]
Live + 7 Ratings: "Empire" Finale Surpasses 23 Million Viewers, Posts TV's Highest Rated Freshman Finale in Nearly 10 Years
FOX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, March 18.

[04/02/15 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 2
Updates include: Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber to star in "Fuller House" for Netflix; Cheri Oteri boards NBC's "Not Safe for Work"; and Annaleigh Ashford cast in "Super Clyde" at CBS.

[04/02/15 - 01:07 PM]
TV Host and Supermodel Chrissy Teigen and "Empire" Recording Artist Jussie Smollett to Announce Finalists for the "2015 Billboard Music Awards," Tuesday, April 7 at the Twitter Offices in Santa Monica, CA
Ludacris and Pete Wentz will start the announcements by revealing a portion of the "2015 Billboard Music Awards" finalist categories live on ABC's "Good Morning America" earlier that morning.

[03/19/15 - 08:25 AM]
"Law & Order: SVU" Delivers Its Most-Watched Rebroadcast Since April 16, 2014
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, March 18.

[03/18/15 - 01:14 PM]
FOX Sports Teams with FOX's Game-Changing Hit Show "Empire" to Debut FIFA Women's World Cup(TM) Promo Tonight
The cross-promotion on FOX is one example of the many company-wide collaborations planned to promote the major international tournament in the months between now and June.

[03/06/15 - 08:25 AM]
ABC Is Up Sharply Year to Year and Finishes No. 1 for Its 6th-Straight Thursday
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, March 5.

[03/05/15 - 08:41 AM]
ABC Delivers 3 of the Top 4 TV Shows on Wednesday in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, March 4.

[02/26/15 - 08:34 AM]
"The Goldbergs" Spikes Over Its Lead-in, Beats "Survivor" and Equals a Season High
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, February 25.

[02/24/15 - 10:24 AM]
FOX's "Empire" Set for Two-Hour Season Finale on Wednesday, March 18
The network's smash hit will wrap its freshman run after 12 episodes.

[02/19/15 - 08:31 AM]
"black-ish" Is Up for the 2nd Week to Its Highest Rating in Over 2 Months
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, February 18.

[02/12/15 - 08:34 AM]
"black-ish" Returns Up to Deliver Its Highest Numbers in 2 Months
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, February 11.

[02/09/15 - 12:43 PM]
"Elementary" Is the #1 Program in 7-Day DVR Playback with a Gain of +4.37 Million Viewers
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of January 19-25.

[02/05/15 - 08:33 AM]
"Fresh Off the Boat" Opens as the Season's No. 2 New Comedy in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, February 4.

[02/03/15 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 3
Updates include: The CW adds "Cheerleader Death Squad" to its pilot roster; Malin Akerman cast in Showtime's "Billions"; and Tone Bell bound for NBC's "People Are Talking."

[01/29/15 - 03:45 PM]
FOX Fires Up February with All-New Episodes, Season Finales and Special Guest Stars
Highlights include the "Mulaney" (February 15), "Sleepy Hollow" (February 23) and "MasterChef Junior" (February 24) season finales.

[01/22/15 - 08:39 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Tied for #1 In Its Time Period in Adults 18-49 and Ranks #1 Outright in Adults 18-34 and All Key Adult-Female Demos
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 21.

[01/17/15 - 10:09 AM]
FOX Orders a Second Season of Hit Drama "Empire"
Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen's Most Current measure, the series has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season.

[01/15/15 - 11:22 AM]
"Empire" Is Breaking Records! Most-Viewed Premiere in FOX NOW History!
FOX spins the digital numbers to date for the series.

[01/15/15 - 08:43 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Builds on Its Adult 18-49 Lead-In from "SVU" for The Second Time This Season
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 14.

[01/15/15 - 08:31 AM]
ABC's Wednesday Comedy Block Surges by Double-Digits Year to Year
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 14.

[01/08/15 - 12:08 PM]
FOX to Encore "Empire" Premiere This Monday, January 12
Said rebroadcast will replace the previously announced repeat of "Gotham" at 8:00/7:00c.

[01/08/15 - 08:27 AM]
"The Goldbergs" Scores the Series' 2nd-Best-Ever Numbers
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 7.

[12/15/14 - 11:40 AM]
Columbia Records to Release Original Music from FOX's New Series "Empire"
First up is "No Apologies," which features the series' Jussie Smollet and Bryshere Gray (a.k.a. Yazz The Greatest).

[11/24/14 - 01:00 PM]
Live Like "Empire's" Lucious Lyon by Entering FOX's "Run 'Empire' for a Day" Sweepstakes at FOX.Com/EmpireSweepstakes
The lucky sweepstakes winner, along with an entourage of his/her five closest friends, will be awarded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel in style to Los Angeles, where they will receive the ultimate star treatment.

[11/20/14 - 05:25 PM]
FOX Announces Additional Winter Premiere Dates, Including "Glee's" Final 13-Episode Season
Also on tap are newcomers "World's Funniest Fails," "Backstrom," "The Last Man on Earth" and "Weird Loners."

[11/19/14 - 02:30 PM]
Powerful New Drama "Empire" Debuts Wednesday, January 7, with Limited Commercial Interruption, Following the Premiere of "American Idol XIV"
Additional premiere dates and schedule details to be announced.

[11/05/14 - 07:00 PM]
Video: Check Out the All-New Trailer for FOX's Sexy, New Powerful Drama, "Empire," Coming January 2015!
The series stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson.

[10/24/14 - 08:36 PM]
Video: "Empire" - The Sexy, New Powerful Drama Coming to FOX in January 2015
Watch the new promo that just debuted following tonight's World Series coverage on the network.

[10/23/14 - 11:00 AM]
Courtney Love Joins "Empire" on FOX - Singer-Songwriter/Musician/Actress to Appear as Recurring Guest Star
She'll play a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment's stable of artists.

[09/29/14 - 12:00 PM]
"Empire" Books Naomi Campbell for Recurring Role
She will play an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with the much-younger potential heir to his father's throne, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), over whom she exercises considerable influence.

[09/22/14 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 22
Updates include: The CW gives "The Flash," "Jane the Virgin" three additional scripts; Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough join Starz's "Blunt Talk"; and Salim and Mara Brock Akil ink overall deal with BET.

[07/02/14 - 11:31 AM]
Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft Named 2014 "Fox Writers Intensive" Fellows
In addition, Gonzales and Haft have been staffed on FOX's new drama "Empire."

[05/13/14 - 11:03 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 13
Updates include: CBS's "The Odd Couple" to recast two roles; AMC selects quintet for annual series "bake-off"; and Ilene Chaiken tapped as showrunner of FOX's "Empire."

[05/12/14 - 02:34 PM]
Video: FOX 2014 Programming Presentation - Official Trailers
Get your first look at "Backstrom," "Empire," "Gracepoint," "Mulaney," "Utopia," "Wayward Pines" and more!

[05/12/14 - 05:00 AM]
FOX Announces Fall 2014 Schedule and New Portfolio of Content
"Our portfolio of content this year reflects the biggest investment in programming we've ever made," said Kevin Reilly.

[05/06/14 - 03:27 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 6 - FOX Orders Lee Daniels/Danny Strong Drama "Empire" to Series
The unique family drama is set in the world of a hip-hop empire and will feature both original and current music.

[03/18/14 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 18
Updates include: David Cross to play the "Dead Boss" on FOX; Sally Hawkins, Catherine Keener bound for FX's "How and Why"; and CBS places its single-camera comedy pilot "Taxi-22" on hold.

[03/11/14 - 11:54 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 11
Updates include: Olivia Wilde joins HBO's 1970s music drama; Anna Camp to star in ABC's "Damaged Goods"; and NBC shelves its multi-camera comedy pilot "The Money Pit."

[03/10/14 - 11:18 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 10
Updates include: James Roday to star in "Good Session" at CBS; Mary Elizabeth Winstead to get "Exposed" at ABC; and Josh Duhamel to topline "Battle Creek" for CBS.

[03/07/14 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 7
Updates include: Felicity Huffman tapped for "American Crime" at ABC; Rebecca Romijn cast in NBC's "The Pro"; and Dave Annable scores a role in FOX's "Red Band Society."

[03/06/14 - 11:48 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 6
Updates include: Bebe Neuwirth among the latest cast in CBS's "Madam Secretary"; Spencer Grammer bound for ABC's "Saint Francis"; and Isaiah Washington to return for Sandra Oh's "Grey's Anatomy" farewell.

[03/04/14 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 4
Updates include: Julia Stiles to lead TNT's "Guilt by Association"; TBS gives pilot order to comedy from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick; and HBO passes on David Milch's "The Money."

[02/26/14 - 11:58 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 26
Update include: Taraji P. Henson boards FOX's "Empire"; Michael Rosenbaum heads to "Mission Control" at NBC; and John Rhys-Davies is the latest cast in FOX's "Hieroglyph."

[02/19/14 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 19
Updates include: Debra Messing to lead "The Mysteries of Laura" at NBC; Terrence Howard to run FOX's "Empire"; and Paget Brewster boards ABC's "Saint Francis."

[01/23/14 - 11:51 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 23
Updates include: Jane Kaczmarek to star in FOX's "Here's Your Damn Family"; Michael J. Weithorn lands six-episode order at FOX for "Weird Loners"; and nine more scripts get pilot commitments.

[09/19/13 - 11:26 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, September 19
Updates include: FX sets cast for "You're the Worst"; VH1 orders pilot to "Hindsight"; and Danny Strong, Lee Daniels book hip hop drama at FOX.







EMPIRE (FOX)
Returns Wednesday, September 23
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/7/15 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
2 (18 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2015-16 season (the show's second) on 1/17/15
DESCRIPTION:
(from FOX's press release, January 2015) FOX has renewed hit drama series EMPIRE for a second season, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen's Most Current measure, EMPIRE has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two. From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Precious"), Emmy Award winner Danny Strong ("Game Change," "Lee Daniels' The Butler") and Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "24"), comes EMPIRE, a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bryshere Y. Gray as Hakeem Lyon
· Gabourey Sidibe as Becky
· Grace Gealey as Anika Gibbons
· Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon
· Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon
· Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner
· Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon
· Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon
· Trai Byers as Andre Lyon
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Macy Gray as Tasha
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