Will Empire return or not? Recently, showrunner Brett Mahoney spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the future of the FOX TV show.
The drama series revolves around the Empire Entertainment company, founder Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), his three sons (Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, and Trai Byers), and their mother, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). The show’s fifth season returns tonight, March 13th, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
In the interview, Mahoney addressed the recent scandal involving Empire star Jussie Smollett, who has been accused of filing a false police report:
It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. You have someone in your family who’s going through this, while at the same time, we’re shooting the final episodes of the season, which are also just heightened emotionally. So it was a lot to deal with and a lot to go through, but we’re really just focused on finishing strong. We’re in our last week of production and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done this season, and hopefully the fans will really engage with these back nine episodes.”
And given the public, what are the chances of a season six renewal for the FOX series? Mahoney says he’s “confident” the show will return:
I’m confident about it. I know that the network and studio is really happy with what we’ve done creatively this season. I’m not surprised that we don’t necessarily have a pick up at this point as I think last season we waited until May. All the indications I have are that we will be. And we do have so many of these stories to tell, so I can’t imagine we won’t be able to tell them.”
What do you think? Do you watch Empire? Do you want a sixth season?