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Fox Gives EMPIRE Higher Episode Count For Season Two! Will Have Split Season!

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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.”

So excited to hear of a bigger order of Empire for season two? What do you think about the split season? Comment below!

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Ren
Ren

Wish other shows would follow suit.

And yes, I am talking about you, “The Walking Dead” and especially, “Game of Thrones” (10 episodes out of 52 weeks a year will never be acceptable)

To think. Back in the day, “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” “Falcon Crest,” etc. gave us 26-32 episodes every single year for 10 to 14 years.

john
john

hopefully greedy network executives don’t kill this show. it should have stayed at 12
episodes. too many eppys dilute it. see what happened to sleep hollow. they said it wouldn’t go past 13 like its first season but they stretched it to 18 in the second and the ratings plunged.

Jeremy
Jeremy

That’s great news. As much as I adore and love EMPIRE. 12 episodes wasn’t cutting it, I wanted more, I’m sure other fans out there wanted more, too. So grateful that we’ll be give 18 episodes in Season 2, it’s a testament to the rise of Empire, the following, the brilliantly talented cast and guest stars. I can’t wait to see where the show picks up. Love the idea of a ‘Winter Finale’ type of mid-season cliffhanger. Good move FOX/EMPIRE. Looking forward to the return!

Patrick
Patrick

nice, prop

I still have all twelve eps on my dvr

I will get to them

my heart leaps for Taraji and Terence + full CAST

aplomb

standing “o” for color

brian
brian

I was slow to watch this show. They were on my pvr, but when i did start, i could not stop and binged the whole first season ! I think it’s one of the best show on right now.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

My only hope is that the extended season does not kill the buzz the smaller season had; I feel like Empire doesn’t need 18 episodes to have a brilliant season. We can see how a smaller amount of episodes worked out in its favour.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The traditional television season the ran from Sept to May uninterrupted then followed by summer repeats has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But most major networks like to pretend it is business as usual, so they pad their season with a lot filler and special events and invented the split season to give the illusion our favorite shows last all season. In reality split seasons were invented mainly for networks to take advantage of sweeps, by making sure their high rated shows are airing during them, but without having to ordering more episodes in order to do it. Eventually the network model of television will be gone and the Netflix model will replace it, and when that happens viewers can watch what they want when they want it–

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TEEN CHOICE AWARDS: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Empire’ & Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Jussie Smollett Score Nods

On Wednesday, the nominees for those ‘way cool’ surfboard trophies at the upcoming 2018 Teen Choice Awards were revealed.  The ceremony will air live on FOX on Sunday August 12th at 8/7c live from Los Angeles.

The awards voted on by fans for their favorites in television, movies and music kicked off the determination of the winners today. Fans have the chance to vote up to ten times a day on each platform: Twitter and at TeenChoice.com up until June 19.  For Twitter, viewers can tweet a category hashtag along with the nominee’s name for the vote to be counted.

In the television categories, Riverdale and the just cancelled Shadowhunters led the nominations. but a few of your favorite primetime soapy dramas also came away with nominations in the major categories … This Is Us, and Empire.  In addition, Sterling K. Brown (Randall) and Chrissy Metz (Kate) scored acting nominations for This Is Us, while Jussie Smollett (Jamal) received an acting nod for Empire.

Check out these main TV drama categories below and remember to vote.

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
Empire
Famous in Love
Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett — Empire
K.J. Apa — Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Bella Thorne — Famous in Love
Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Chrissy Metz — This Is Us
Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Maia Mitchell — The Fosters
Ryan Destiny — Star

So, which show from the nominees do you think the voters will chose for Choice Drama TV Show, Actor and Actress?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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EMPIRE Season Four Finale: A Wedding, Two Deaths … Maybe More!

On the season four finale of Empire, two deaths, maybe another, and a marriage, highlighted the twists and turns of the Fox hip-hop music soap opera.

First, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) long time rival, Boo Boo Kitty aka Anika, played by Grace Gealey, took one of the more horrific signature tumbles that Empire is known for.  Payback is definitely a bitch!

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Andre (Trai Byers) spiked Anika’s champagne before her press conference when she announces she has taken over as CEO of “Empire.”  While she is making her speech, she starts seeing visions of Rhonda, featuring Kaitlin Doubleday reprising her role. As she is speaking to the press, Anika is having hallucinations of Rhonda and her delusions reach epic proportions.  Then, we watch Anika smash through glass and fall several floors below to her death. According to showrunner EP Greg Mahoney, Anika is truly dead.

But also, at the top of the hour, recovering junkie Tori, played by Rumer Willis, was rushed to the hospital.  This was following an emotional confrontation with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). He visits her in the rehab center where she realizes she’s still got deep addiction issues.  After, they have a talk, she tells him to watch out for himself, and that the Lyon family will bring him down, and he needs to find his own path in life. Later, Jamal comes back to see her, only to find out that she has suffered complications from a grand mal seizure, and has died.  This prompts Jamal to go on a self-journey, and leave the Lyon’s nest for now.

Meanwhile, at the end of the episode, Cookie and Lucious (Terrence Howard), finally, finally after all the bickering … all the backstabbing … all the health issues … all the betrayals … went down to city hall to get re-married.  This was a long time coming. It was a simple ceremony, but as with any Empire season finale, there was a major juxtaposition going on adjacent to the main scene, and this was also the case for season four’s final moments.

While Cookie and Lucious were getting married, the camera cuts to Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and his baby mama Tiana (Serayah McNeill) getting ready to travel in a car along with white rapper Blake in tow, only to see that Blake’s racist father comes out of nowhere and attempts to assassinate Hakeem!  We don’t know if anyone was struck … we don’t know if anybody died … we fade to black.

On the business end of things, Eddie, played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, won the “Empire” auction.  He has forced the Lyon family to start from scratch as they no longer have the business that they spent years putting their blood, sweat, and tears into.

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When TV Line asked showrunner Brett Mahoney about the shooting at the end of the episode and if it will lead to a third death, he said, “I won’t say.  I will say that things won’t be the same between the four people that were involved in that.” Mahoney added that the early part of season five will focus on the Lyon family building a new empire.  He teased, “Yes.  But I think it’s going to be a much more difficult process than Cookie thinks it’s going to be.  And it’ll tear at the relationship between Cookie and Lucious and the boys, in terms of trying to achieve that goal.”

 

So, what did you think about the season four finale of Empire?  What did you think about who died?  What did you think about Cookie and Lucious tying the knot?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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EMPIRE Renewed For Season 5!

The Lyon family drama lives on!  News today from Michael Thorn, entertainment president for Fox Broadcasting, confirmed that Empire has been officially renewed for its fifth season!

With only four episodes left in its fourth season, and the Upfronts in New York in just a few weeks previewing the  2018-2019 season for advertisers, this was the perfect time to reveal the pick-up for the sudsy musical drama series.

In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

Although the once huge Wednesday juggernaut has slid significantly in the ratings in 14 episodes this season, the show is averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.8 million total viewers — down 31% and 24%, respectively from last season, the series is the network’s second most watched in multi-platform viewing, averaging 11.3 million viewers.

There was no confirmation of how many episodes will be ordered for the fifth season of Empire, but it is says to be most likely 18. (more…)

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