Crossover Season Premieres
Wednesday, September 27 from 8 to 10 PM ET/PT on FOX
In a special season premiere crossover event, STAR’s Carlotta (Latifah) faces EMPIRE’s Cookie (Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard). EMPIRE season premiere, “Nobel Memory” will air from 8 to 9 PM, with the season premiere of STAR, “The Winner Takes It All,” will air from 9 to 10 PM.
Golden Globe-nominated EMPIRE continues to be one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on television. A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment. In Season Four, EMPIRE’s explosive twists and turns resume, as Empire Entertainment embarks on a celebration of its 20th anniversary.
LUCIOUS makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, and all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore), have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties. While Lucious struggles with his recovery, COOKIE begins to revisit the most challenging time of her life – her 17 years in prison – in a series of flashbacks. Throughout the season, Lucious, Cookie and their three sons will be forced to take a hard look at their choices, both past and present, in order to secure their legacy and save their Empire.
The story of three girls’ rise to fame, STAR’s first season ended on the heels of a victory, as the singing trio caught its first big break – winning Atlanta NextFest. Heading into Season Two, one thing is clear: their lives will never be the same. It’s a whole new world for the girls, as STAR (Jude Demorest), ALEXANDRA (Ryan Destiny) and SIMONE (Brittany O’Grady) prepare for their next career move, with help and guidance from CARLOTTA (Queen Latifah), the group’s new manager.
Having entered into a deal with Midtown Sound, the girls and Carlotta must contend with upheavals at their new label. Meanwhile, after a harrowing stint in prison, COTTON (Amiyah Scott) must find a way to re-enter society as a convicted felon. And, with DEREK (Quincy Brown) facing the possibility of never walking again, Alexandra must work to keep their romance alive, while balancing her own career goals. Finally, the fate of JAHIL (Benjamin Bratt) remains decidedly unclear, following last season’s shocking and explosive finale.
In addition to its ensemble cast, the series has featured a star-studded roster of guest stars, including Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz, supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell, Grammy Award-nominated musician and actor Tyrese Gibson, empress of soul Gladys Knight, Grammy Award winner Missy Elliott, Grammy Award-nominated artist Big Boi and Paris Jackson, who made her acting debut on the series.