It was reported this morning after a network’s press conference call with the FOX chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman that the second season of blockbuster drama Empire will consist of 18 episodes and split into two seasons; Part 1 in the fall, ending with a cliffhanger, and Part 2 in the spring.
The first season of Empire featured 12 episodes. At the time of the renewal, Fox and the series’ producers hinted that Season 2 would be longer, but likely not a full 22 episodes.
While on the call it was also revealed that R&B sensation and actor Ne-Yo, who has spoken of his love for the show and desire to appear on it, has closed a deal to write music for Season 2, joining the series’ music producer Timbaland. There are no current plans for Ne-Yo to act on the series.