"We're turning the final season of Empire into a large television event", Collier said on the call to reporters. As the series enters its final season, one thing is for sure, the Lyons never go out without a bang.
Also on the fall slate is the new animated comedy "Bless the Harts", which takes the 8:30 p.m. Sunday slot immediately after "The Simpsons". Eventually, all 16 of the charges he was facing were dropped.
"We've been told that Jussie will not be on "Empire" in the beginning of the season, but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal's future open", a spokesperson for Smollett said in a statement said in late April.
"The award-winning drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes unsafe world of hip-hop music has generated chart-topping hits, and socially relevant storylines, introduced "Boo Boo Kitty" into the zeitgeist and delivered over-the-top OMG moments weekly". The fifth season finale ended on a cliffhanger between Lucious (Howard) and Cookie (Henson) splitting up and questions about where they go from here.
Fox entertainment president Michael Thorn said he "promises [the season will be] filled with drama, shocking surprises and more jaw-dropping moments".
The new-model Fox network is loading up on 10 new scripted series for the 2019-20 season, most of which will be held for midseason as the network adjusts to its heightened focus on live sports.
During last season, Smollett, 36, who is gay and black, claimed that he was the victim of an attack that he said was racially and politically motivated, as well as homophobic.
Smollett pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to police about being attacked in downtown Chicago, and by the end of March, the charges were dropped as part of a prosecution deal. However, it looks like those efforts were made in vain.
The Windy City filed the suit against Smollett over his refusal to reimburse it for overtime payments to police officers who investigated his alleged hate crime hoax.
Smollett has starred on "Empire" since the show's start in 2015.