The first season of "Empire" became a global phenomenon as soon as it premiered this past January. Cookie, Lucious, and their boys became household names almost overnight, and GIFs of Taraji P. Henson exploded across the Internet. The season ended in a wild finale when Cookie attempted to kill Lucious. It was also revealed that the Lyon patriarch doesn't actually have ALS, and the Empire Entertainment IPO finally went through. Since that fateful episode aired, fans have been waiting impatiently for the announcement of when the second season of "Empire" will premiere. And now, we finally know: "Empire" will return to TV on Sept. 23.
It was Henson herself who announced the exciting news, via Twitter, on the morning of May 29. Obviously, the whole cast is thrilled to be back. Not only are they now stars of the hottest TV show in years, but the songs from "Empire" have also become huge hits and amassed large numbers of downloads.
"Empire" season two will be six episodes longer than season one, for a total of 18, with a winter break splitting the season in half. And, just like the first go around, season two will also be packed with huge guest stars. Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and Alicia Keys have all already been confirmed, and more names are sure to be revealed in the coming months.
Here's Henson's tweet announcing the start date:
Just four more months until the Lyons return!
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