Empire_2_lgThe Lyons are coming back for a fourth season of drama and Cookie-isms.

download (21)Empire” has been renewed for Season 4, it was announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour by Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman. Alongside Newman, Fox exec David Madden said Season 4 will consist of 18 episodes.

The fourth season will return in the 2017-2018 television season. Currently on hiatus, “Empire” returns with the back-half of its third season this spring on Mar. 22.


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The renewal is hardly a surprise, as “Empire” is one of the biggest hits to come to network television in the past decade. In its third season, the primetime family soap ranks as the top broadcast drama among adults 18-49 — a title it has held through its entire run. Though its ratings dipped this year, “Empire” still finished out the first half of its third season with nearly 8 million overnight viewers for the midseason finale. For the 2016-2017 season, the show has averaged almost 16 million total viewers, becoming the show to nab Fox’s largest total multi-platform audience.

images (61)“Empire” has received numerous Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations through its three seasons, including a Golden Globe win for star Taraji P. Henson, who has received back-to-back Emmy nods.

Along with Henson — who plays the breakout character Cookie — “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Bre-Z, Xzibit and Morocco Omari. The series is known for bringing on notable guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

Taraji-P-Henson-Terrence-Howard-Fight-Instagram-Video“Empire” was co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Ilene Chaiken serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Daniels, Strong, Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. Imagine Television produces with 20th Century Fox Television.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that “Empire” had its fair share of celebrity appearances like Mariah Carey appearing as a guest star and stars like Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad had recurring appearances on the series. It has also been speculated that Rumer Willis will show up in multiple episodes of “Empire” season 4.

Watch “Empire” in Australia on Fox8 channel. The show can also be streamed online on Channel Ten.


“Empire” has over time proved to a critical hit with multiple Emmy Awards to its name. It is also Fox’s largest total multiplatform traffic magnet with an average of 16 million total viewers for the 2016-17 broadcast session, according to a Deadline report.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Empire” season 4 will consist of 18 episodes, much like the previous two seasons. The show is currently under a three-month pause, as music drama “Star” has taken over the time slot, which prevents “Empire” from returning until March 2017.

The THR further reports that NBC’s debut family drama, “This Is Us” could prove to be a competition for the show. “Empire’s” ratings fell to a 2.5 low during the early phase of the last season before making a rebound in the final episodes.



Drama! Did Nia Long’s Behavior On The Set Of ‘Empire’ Cause Taraji P. Henson Beef?

The show’s hair and makeup team have allegedly filed a complaint against the ‘Love Jones’ actress.

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It’s being reported that Nia Long and Taraji P. Henson butted heads after Long’s behavior on set left a sour taste for cast and crew. 

According to TMZ, the show’s hair and makeup team have lodged a complaint against Long. Multiple people allege that the Love Jones actress was rude and unprofessional on set, with sources adding that the show has had numerous guests “from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia.”

Sources report that Long was regularly late, leaving cast members Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard waiting on set, often being a no-show. 

Long even allegedly told production that she planned to sue the show after the cast and crew became too distracted to say their farewells on her last day of filming.

It’s pretty custom for guest stars to receive recognition on their last day, but the source revealed that because Howard was having some sort of allergic reaction, everyone got caught up in trying to help the actor. The Love Jones actress allegedly told production that the “goodbye” was in her contract, however, production denies that it was. 

Reports also go on to add that beef between Long and Henson all started with a joke. 

Henson reportedly asked if Long was on her period after the actress chewed out another cast member. The cast member had allegedly joked that Long was on “Black people time,” which led to the actress throwing a fit and Henson jokingly saying, “What are you, on your period? Is it that time, girlfriend?”

Long’s reps deny the allegations, telling TMZ, “We stand by our comments that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard. We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show.”

Not too long ago Henson and Long were posing for a cute selfie, if these rumors are true, it seems those days are long gone.