It happened to Rome. Now, it’s happened to the Lyons.
The network also said the drama would return in the fall to its original Tuesday night time slot. The network released this statement:
“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.”
Fox renewed Empire for a sixth season late last month, adding that there were “no plans” for Jussie Smollett or his character to return to the show.
“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire,’” the network said in a joint statement with studio 20th Century Fox TV at the time.
During a call with The Wrap, Fox Network Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Fox, “intends to take the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong-created hip-hop drama out as a ‘large television event’ with “guns blazing.”