“Game time,” Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) said at the end of the explosive Season 1 finale of Fox’s hit show, “Empire.” A few of the creative minds behind the series say Season 2 will play a little bit with time and quite a bit of drama when the show returns to primetime this fall.
TV Line reports that “Empire” executive producer Ilene Chaiken teased there will be a time difference between Season 1 and Season 2. Neither Chaiken or fellow EP Danny Strong divulged specific details, but the time jump reportedly won’t affect when fans last caught a fuming Lucious behind bars. The Lyon patriarch was arrested just before he was to go onstage with his son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) in honor of his Empire Records label going public.
But that’s not all. Chaiken says the jail time won’t sideline Lucious, not even one little bit. “Lucious can do what he does no matter where he is,” she explained. “Lucious, basically, has tentacles.” Lucious’ sons who led to his arrest, Andre (Trai Byers) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), better watch their back.
TV Line also lent a few details regarding some of the highly-anticipated guest appearances set for “Empire” Season 2. Both Chris Rock and Alicia Keys will play characters, instead of themselves, when they pop up on the show. Maybe future cameos will be closer to the kind of walk-on roll Jennifer Hudson played as Andre’s musical therapist.
Earlier this week, Fox announced they had cast Adam Rodriguez as a new love interest for Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). The addition is surely going to set up more conflict, if not at least give Cookie a bit of fun while Lucious is locked up.
Before "Empire" fans can catch the Season 2 premiere, Henson and Howard will host the 2015 Guys’ Choice Awards June 18 on Spike. When “Empire” Season 2 begins this fall, it will be split into two 9-episode arcs with a mid-season finale teasing yet more possible drama, and probably another storyline time jump.
“Empire” will resume the Wednesday night throne of 9 p.m. EDT at Fox on Sept. 23.