Empire renewed for a 5th season

Taraji P. Henson in Empire. (Photor: Fox Africa)
Taraji P. Henson in Empire. (Photor: Fox Africa)

Cape Town – Despite a sharp decline in viewership numbers the drama series Empire on FOX (DStv 125) has been renewed for a 5th season in America with 4 episodes left of its 4th season.

No episode order has been announced.

"Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was," says Michael Thorn, FOX president of entertainment in a statement.

"We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We'd also like to thank our tremendous creative team whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire."

This #Empire isn't going anywhere! The Lyons are back for another season! ??????

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Empire is co-created and executive produced by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong with Imagine Television producing it with 20th Century Fox Television.

Still to be decided for renewal is the Empire companion drama series, Star, also seen on FOX in the United States as well as in South Africa and Africa, and that is likely to return for a 3rd season.