Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

‘Empire’ to get 1 more season on Fox amid schedule shake-up

‘Empire’ to get 1 more season on Fox amid schedule shake-up

"One of the great benefits of announcing a final season announce have the fans lean in have the finale they desire".

Fox has always been known for its animated comedies, most notably The Simpsons, and is betting viewers want more.

"We're turning the final season of Empire into a large television event".

When the show has grabbed headlines lately, they've mostly been about Empire cast member Jussie Smollett, who first claimed he had been attacked by men screaming racial and homophobic slurs in Chicago, then was arrested and charged with filing a false police report, only to see those charges dropped a few weeks later.

Fox confirmed in a statement last week the studio had "negotiated an extension to Smollett's option for Season 6, but there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return".

For its final season, the show will return to its original Tuesday airdate, in direct competition with NBC juggernaut This Is Us.

Empire's sixth season will be it's last. During a conference call with reporters to discuss Fox's lineup for the upcoming season, network executives reiterated that despite the extended option, the show has "no plans" to bring back Smollett.

When pressed as to whether Smollett's legal issues contributed in any way to the decision to cap "Empire" after the next 20 episodes, Collier deflected the question, saying, "six years is a remarkable run".

When asked directly about Smollett's future on the show Collier explained that there were "no plans" for him to return but he didn't totally rule it out.

Smollett pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to police about being attacked in downtown Chicago, and by the end of March, the charges were dropped as part of a prosecution deal.

He also noted that "the writers' room for next season hasn't even gathered yet", according to Variety.

Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Andre Royo, Rhyon Nicole Brown, and Nicole Ari Parker.

The final round of the musical series is slated to be filled with "drama, shocking surprises and more jaw-dropping moments" as fans prepare to say their goodbyes to the Lyon family, including patriarch and Empire Records owner Lucious Lyon-played by Terrance Howard-and Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon.

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