Renewed: Fox Greenlights a Third Season of Empire
While I was not a fan of Empire’s season two premiere The Devils are Here, it appears many of you were. Via press release, Fox announced the episode’s stellar ratings, which topped the 16-million mark, and secured a mind-boggling 6.7 in the advertiser coveted 18-49 age group.
Fox was of course pleased with those numbers, and have quietly (for now) renewed the show for a third season. The network launched a brilliant Twitter campaign which resulted in over two million tweets being sent out before the show even aired. Nielsen attributes much of Empire’s continued growth to its powerful presence on social media, particularly Twitter where the show has a very active following.
Empire stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are covering the latest issue of Emmy magazine. Just as they did last year with Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison from Sleepy Hollow, Fox has submitted the pair for consideration in this year’s Emmy race for Best Male and Female lead in a drama series.
Emmy consideration is nothing new to Taraji who scored a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie back in 2011 for her Lifetime film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. Howard on the other hand says an Emmy nod for anyone affiliated with the show, or the show in general, would be “Icing on the cake of an already amazing television experience.”
Empire’s leading couple, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, are set to take over your TV screens in the next couple of weeks.
Via press release, the pair will be lending their talents to Spike TV, first in the season finale of their break-out hit Lip Sync Battle, and again in June when the longtime co-stars come together to host the 2015 Guys Choice Awards.
In addition to her hosting duties, Taraji will also be presented with the prestigious Jean Claude Gahd Damn award. Previous winners include Scarlett Johansson, Kate Beckinsale, and The Walking Dead’s Danai Guria (2013) and Lauren Cohan (2014).