FOX Renews “Empire” After Just 2 Episodes



The FOX network on Saturday announced the early renewal of the network’s hip-hop soap opera, ordering a second season after airing just two episodes.

EMPIRE, the critically-acclaimed, buzzy new drama, has been a surprise record-breaking hit for FOX, averaging a 5.3 rating and emerging as the number one 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.

Featuring music by prolific producer Timbaland, the series stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (“Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (“No Good Deed,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).

Among the series’ other featured cast members are Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Kaitlin Doubleday, as well as newcomers Bryshere Gray and Grace Gealey. Additional guest stars include Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe (“American Horror Story,” “Precious”), Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Courtney Love (“The People vs. Larry Flynt”), Derek Luke (“The Americans”) and Judd Nelson (“The Breakfast Club”).

Empire airs Wednesdays at 9pm on FOX.