It’s almost time to head back into the Lyon’s Den as FOX’s hit show Empire returns for its’ much anticipated second season.
After scoring the award for the highest season finale rating in nearly a decade with 21.1 million viewers, there’s no reason not to get excited about the upcoming season. Due to it’s huge success last time around, FOX has given the show 18 episodes.
Show-runner Ilene Chaiken recently spoke to various press outlets about the really great opportunities the show’s producers have been granted with season 2.
“Fox gave us this really great schedule and plan for unveiling the show. Two pods—10 episodes in the fall and eight in the spring, with a hiatus in between. Nothing is different. We’re able to devote as much time and attention to each episode as we did in the first season. We’ll get a little bit of a break in between to catch our breath, writers and actors, and the show will be every bit as good.”
When the show returns on September 23rd, three months will have elapsed since the arrest of Lucious Lyon. There will be tons of twist and turns that will make will make fans of the show leave wanting more each week.
Lots of guest stars are expected to appear including Chris Rock, Pitbull and Ludacris. There have been talks about Mariah Carey, Oprah and Denzel Washington guest starring as well.
A new character played by actress Bre-Z will also be introduced. Freda Gatz is described as a “baby-faced emcee,” according to Billboard. Gatz has won more rap battles than the best male vets on her block. She’s moody, outspoken and a force to be reckoned with.
Last season, director Lee Daniels had viewers talking when character Jamal Lyon revealed he was gay. It was a challenging conversation for the Lyons to face especially considering the stigmas that come with being gay in the hip-hop industry. This season will be no different as Daniels says he wants to continue to push the envelope for broadcast television. Breakout star Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie, seems to agree with Daniels’ sentiment.
“Primetime television has been safe for so long and I think that’s why Empire has had the impact that it has had—because it’s almost the cable formula. We’re just not using the words. We can’t say certain words, but Cookie can certainly say it with a look. And you know what she means.”
The music will be better than ever with Timbaland returning as a musical producer. R&B star Ne-Yo has also been added as the show’s songwriter for all the new songs that will be heard throughout the season and on the soundtrack.
You can watch the trailer for season two below, and don’t forget to catch the season premiere on September 23rd.
We’ll have more on Empire‘s upcoming season debut on Friday! Stay tuned!