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“The Devils Are Here” - The series will pick up three months after the shocking arrest and incarceration of Empire Entertainment head LUCIOUS LYON (Terrence Howard). Still in federal lockup, Lucious is trying to run Empire from inside, while a headline-grabbing state prosecutor hangs her political ambitions on bringing him down -- no matter what it takes. Meanwhile, Cookie stages a star-studded #FreeLucious concert in his support, while scheming with Andre, Hakeem, Anika (Grace Gealey) and the business savvy Mimi Whiteman (guest star Marisa Tomei) to finalize the hostile takeover of Empire. But as the Lyons continue to battle each other, a bigger external threat emerges that could force them to unite.
Season Premiere Wednesday, September 23 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX
The series recently was nominated for three Emmy Awards, including one for Taraji P. Henson in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. It also has received four TCA Award nominations, including Program of the Year, Outstanding Program, Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Individual Achievement in Drama (Henson). Henson and Howard both recently won the BET Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, and Henson also won the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year.
Starring Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, and featuring music by prolific producers Timbaland, Jim Beanz and Ne-Yo, EMPIRE is from Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”), Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind,” “24”).
Guest stars set to appear in Season Two include Chris Rock (“Top Five”), Lenny Kravitz (“Precious”), Adam Rodriguez (“CSI: Miami”), Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys, Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (“The Wrestler”), recording artist Ludacris and global music superstar Pitbull.