No More Cookie and Lucious Lyons! Fox’s ‘Empire’ will end after season 6. Did the finale for season 5 leave you wanting more? Just hang in there until mid- September, when Season 6 is scheduled to return.
The popular musical drama created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, is about a fictional hip hop and entertainment company ‘Empire Entertainment’ and the drama among the founders family as they fight for control of it. Five seasons have been streamed on television with lead actors Taraji P. Henson (Cookie), Terrence Howard (Lucious), Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem), Trai Byers (Andre), and Jussie Smollett (Jamal).
On January 29, Smollett, was accused of staging an attack. According to a press release, he said two masked men beat him, hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, doused him with a chemical substance and put a rope around his neck. Criminal charges were dropped but the uproar has yet to subside, making Smollett a continued publicity liability for Fox.
In addition, Smollett’s case caused a lot of controversy, having the ratings of the TV series drop. Smollett’s character ‘Jamal’ had been written out of the last two episodes of season 5. The network and studio stated that there were no future plans of adding his character back for season 6.
Empire being one of FOX’s biggest series, had scored more seasons, was on a winning trajectory of growing almost every week in the ratings, is officially not coming back for the next cycle. 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.”
Looks like we have to enjoy these last 20 episodes they will be giving us for this last season and hope they end with a BANG!
Make sure to tune in this Fall, every Tuesday on FOX.
Written By: Jasmin Urquiza Montiel
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