A couple weeks ago, FOX announced that the Empire TV show had been renewed for a sixth season for the 2019-20 season. Today, the network announced that that will be the end for the music drama. There won’t be a seventh season of what was once FOX’s biggest series.
Empire stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Andre Royo, Rhyon Nicole Brown, and Nicole Ari Parker. The series revolves around the Empire Entertainment company, founder Lucious Lyon (Howard), his three sons (Gray, Smollett, and Byers), and their mother, Cookie (Henson). The Lyons lost the company in season four and season five saw the clan still trying to reclaim Empire two years later.
Season six will see Empire return to its original Tuesday timeslot and the drama will surpass the 100 episode mark. The sixth season will have 20 episodes, which will be the series’ biggest season yet. The first season had 12 installments while later seasons had 18 episodes each.
Here’s the relevant portion of FOX’s 2019-20 season press release:
Also this fall, THE RESIDENT moves to a new night and time on Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the sixth and epic final season of the groundbreaking cultural phenomenon EMPIRE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), which returns to its original time period. Season Six promises to be filled with drama, shocking surprises and more jaw-dropping moments. The award-winning drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music has generated chart-topping hits, and socially relevant storylines, introduced “Boo Boo Kitty” into the zeitgeist and delivered over-the-top OMG moments weekly. Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard), the two larger-than-life characters at the center of the series, have taken viewers through the highs and lows that come with fame and fortune. As the series enters its final season, one thing is for sure, the Lyons never go out without a bang.
On today’s press call, FOX Entertainment boss Charlie Collier said, “We are turning the final season into a large TV event. We’re trying to go out guns a-blazing.” There’s still no word on how big a role (if any) Smollett will have in the final season.
What do you think? Do you plan to tune in for the final season of Empire on FOX? Is this a good time for the show to say goodbye or, would you have watched a seventh season?