Jussie Smollett and Empire return in the fall

Yes the title of this post is correct 😉

It was announced this morning that one of my favorite shows, Empire will have a fall season start and will have 18 episodes instead of the 12 we saw during season one. Thank goodness us Empire fans don’t have to wait until January 2016.  Looks like they will be splitting the 18 episode season like some other shows I watch.

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Fox is expanding its breakout mega-hit Empire. Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed he’s boosting Empire’s episode count in the second season to 18 episodes, versus the 12 episodes that aired during its debut season this year.

Also, with Empire launching in the fall instead of midseason, the network plans to split its 18-episode second run into two halves.

The Terrence Howard-starring hip-hop drama made a record-breaking splash in its debut on Wednesday nights, defying gravity by continuing to grow with each subsequent episode. Its season finale snagged 16.7 million viewers and a 6.5 in the 18-49 demographic. Going into the upfronts, one big question was whether Fox would move Empire to Thursday nights, which is the most lucractive weekday for advertising. But doing so would also mean that Empire would likely face ABC’s own powerhouse, Scandal, at 9 p.m.

Move to Thursday night? Are they crazy? That’s Shondaland night. Fox already pissed me off by moving Sleepy Hollow to Thursday night. But hey that’s what a dvr is for.

I still have a long wait until season 2 starts but at least the Empire cast gets to rest until filming begins.  Can’t wait to see the cast including Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Bryshere Y. Gray and of course Jussie Smollett. 

Speaking of Jussie Smollett I wonder if he ever auditioned for American Idol.

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Oops, did I just post a picture of Jussie? Oh well 😉

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