Fall TV Preview

Empire Season 2 Wish List: Guest Star Caveats, Tough Cookie, Sexy Jamal

You can’t come out of the gate as hot as Empire without every Fake-Ass Lena Horne on the block fretting over a sophomore slump.

Still, we’d be lying if we said that despite the delicious quotability, break-neck pacing and stratospheric ratings of Fox’s hip-hop soap opera, we’re not just a wee bit concerned about the cavalcade of new cast members already announced for Season 2. With Marisa Tomei, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Adam Rodriguez, Becky G, Kelly Rowland, Ludacris, Andre Royo and Lenny Kravitz being added to the mix in recurring and guest roles, will the show’s writing staff pay enough attention to the characters we’ve come to know and love (or love hating)?

With that in mind, we came up with a 12-point plan to help Empire continue its pop-cultural dominance when it returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c.

Anika with her fists up? Andre in the boardroom? Jamal in the bedroom?

Check out our ideas in the gallery below — or click here for direct access — then share your Season 2 wish lists in the comments!