Empire Sets Season 2 Premiere Date

Oh, and Anika, this is a premiere date!

Fox has officially marked the calendar for the hotly anticipated Season 2 kickoff of its hip-hop soap opera Empire — Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c.

Series star Taraji P. Henson first spilled the cookies beans via Twitter; the EmpireWriters handle confirmed the news.

Comedian Chris Rock, R&B superstar Alicia Keys and rock god Lenny Kravitz have all signed on for guest-starring roles during Season 2.

The castings (though no details on their roles) were announced at Fox’s’ annual Upfront presentation earlier this month. Season 2 of Empire will expand from 12 to 18 episodes, split into two cycles with a winter break in between.

Additionally, Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones, who play Lucious’ and Cookie’s respective lackeys Becky and Porsha, have been elevated to full-fledged series regulars, TVLine reported exclusively in April.

Are you already counting down the days ’til Empire‘s return? Sound off in the comments!

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24 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    Can’t wait!

  2. Steven says:

    Really early to start announcing Fall Premiere Dates. I expect this is only because Empire is so big right now. We probably won’t hear about the rest of the shows till later in the Summer.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    MORE COOKIE

  4. B says:

    I’m halfway through the first season. What took me so long?! Such good soap-y TV!

  5. kmw says:

    Should be huge coming back. I wonder how high this show can go

  6. luke says:

    Pretty close to being the worst TV show on TV right now. Just behind Criminal Minds.

  7. lechatnoir says:

    Even Naomi Campbell stepped up her acting game with the mini guest stin.

  8. chioma says:

    Empire z a boom!!!….. loving all them beats and lyrics…. can’t wait!!!

  9. yurie says:

    Taraji still has derp eyebrows lol

  10. Clandestine Green says:

    Taraji P Henson makes this show. I hope FOX realizes what a marketing opportunity they have and do t-shirts, dolls, comics, etc. I want a Cookie action figure!

  11. Liz says:

    My birthday is September 23rd. Worth turning a year older to see Cookie and her clan again!

  12. Diz says:

    I need my Cookie!

  13. JB Smooove says:

    GREAT! Im watching the first season now. its AMAZBALLZ! I love Cookie!

  14. Coal says:

    So basically Fox have not learned from their mistakes with Sleepy Hollow ?

  15. Marlene Morris says:

    I can hardly wait for Epire. I Love it. A total dedicated viewer. Sincerely Viewer Marlene. May 30the 2015 3:00pm.

  16. veronicah oscar says:

    Empire is really killing it.

  17. Florence+TheMachineRules!!! #SLAYRIAH!!! says:

    YASSS CANT WAIT!!! 😃😃😃

  18. stephen says:

    this movie is virtually the most anticipated movie here..the street is showing massive love…too bad we only have 15 episodes of the first season and we aint sure if its complete…all the same season two should be on its way already and pls who ever is got the complete episodes should pls help me out with it..here is ma mail @stephenahmeddagba@yahoo.com #thanks

  19. stephen says:

    great show you ve got…big ups to all d cast..they are amazing

  20. stephen says:

    bound to break more records…empire all the way!!!

  21. Tonii says:

    I’m so ready for season 2 !!!! I love empire

  22. pat says:

    can not wait I love this show

  23. Jollyn Ponce says:

    Miss the music,acting and cookieVS boo boo kitty or anyone that messes with her fam.

  24. ceejay says:

    Really wonderful movie and just when I thought there was nothing good on tv anymore..can’t wait for lucious lyon’s return.thumbs up to entire cast