Empire season 3 to premiere on September 21, 2016
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Basic info and plot
Empire is a critically acclaimed American drama television series that is currently airing on the FOX channel in the United States. The hip hop drama series was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and it was inspired by James Goldman’s play “The Lion in Winter.” Empire is produced for the FOX channel by Imagine Television, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Danny Strong Productions, 20th Century Fox Television and Little Chicken Inc. The series is executive produced by Lee Daniels, Francie Calfo, Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken and Brian Grazer. Season 1 of Empire debuted on FOX on January 7, 2015.
Empire tells a story of Empire Entertainment, a hip hop music company, and its founding family. The drama series stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Grace Gealey, Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Malik Yoba, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta'Rhonda Jones and Serayah McNeill.
The show was nominated for a variety of awards in 2015. The wins include a TCAA award as Program of the Year, Teen Choice Award as Breakout Show. Terrence Howard won 2015 BET Award as Best Actor, and Taraji P. Henson won 2015 BET Award as Best Actress.
Current season, reviews and renewal
Season 2 of Empire premiered on the FOX channel in the US on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9 PM ET/PT. A second season of the hit drama series is set to consist of 18 episodes, which will most likely be divided into two installments. The debut season of the show was a ratings hit for the network, having averaged nearly 13 million viewers per episode. Season 1 of Empire has garnered great reviews and generated quite a buzz in the social media as well. As of now, season 2 is averaging 13.8 million viewers.
UPDATED November 11, 2015: In a few weeks, Empire will go on a rather long winter break. The current season is set to consist of 18 episodes that are divided into two installments. The mid-season finale of the show is scheduled to air on November 25, 2015. FOX today announced its winter 2016 schedule for new and returning series. Season 2B of Empire is scheduled to premiere on the FOX channel in the US on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, right after a new episode of Rosewood. The series is currently averaging 13.2 million viewers per episode, which is an almost 2% increase when compared season-to-season – a very impressive result, which will most likely lead to the series renewal.
UPDATED January 16, 2016: While the critically acclaimed drama series is taking a very long winter break before the remaining episodes will hit the small screen in the end of March, the FOX network decided to keep the level of fan interest for the show up by announcing yesterday that Empire has been officially renewed for a third run. The intense drama has been a ratings’ monster since it debuted last January, and even though the ratings of the current chapter are slightly down (by 5%), the show is still averaging more than 12 million viewers per episode, which is a very impressive feat for the network. Since the network is yet to schedule the release date for a new chapter, visit our website for the most recent news, or sign up for our updates and get an automated email from us as soon as the premiere date of Empire season 3 is announced.
UPDATED February 26, 2016: A little more than a month is left before the FOX network’s award-winning drama TV show Empire returns with all new episodes. To get fans even more exciting about the second installment of the current season, the network has just unveiled a new trailer. The series will pick up after Rhonda is taken to a hospital having suffered a bad fall, while Camilla is scheming to appoint Hakeem the new CEO. Don’t miss the premiere episode on Wednesday, March 30th at 9/8c.
UPDATED June 18, 2016: By far one of Fox's most successful launches in the last few years, hit music drama series Empire has just had its third season release date confirmed by the network. It will take up the 9pm time slot starting Wednesday, September 21, 2016, immediately preceded by the exciting world premiere of Lethal Weapon series. One of the most anticipated fall premieres, the third chapter of Empire will introduce Lucious and Cookie as teenagers, as well as the new nemesis for Lucious to deal with. Sign up for our updates and receive an automatic reminder of Empire season 3 premiere one day in advance.