Season Two
No. of Episodes 18
Original Run September 23, 2015 -?
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The second season of Empire premiered on September 23, 2015 on FOX. The season airs at 9pm (ET) every Wednesday, and it consists of 18 episodes. The season was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Imagine Entertainment, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Danny Strong Productions, and Little Chickens, Inc, with Lee DanielsDanny Strong, and Ilene Chaiken as the showrunners. On January 17, 2015, only after 2 episodes had aired for the first season, a second season was confirmed.

The show centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company. 

The second season follows the competition for the company, three months later after Lucious' incarceration. Season Two, meanwhile, has ten main roles, with seven of the main characters reprising their roles from Season 1, and three recurring characters promoted to regular cast members. Actresses Gabourey Sidibe (Becky Williams), Ta'Rhonda Jones (Porsha Taylor), and Serayah (Tiana Brown) were promoted to the main cast for the second season, while Malik Yoba (Vernon Turner) would not return after his character's death.

Based on early reviews, Empire's second season has recieved positive reviews. On the aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, the season earned a 95% rating based on 19 reviews, indicating critical acclaim. It received a 79 out of 100 on the review aggregate website Metacritic based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". For the season premiere, the ratings remain high, compared to the series premiere.


Main Cast

Guest Stars

Characters To Be Announced

  • Common as TBA
  • Mariah Carey as TBA
  • Vivica A. Fox as TBA
  • Alicia Keys as TBA
  • Lenny Kravitz as TBA
  • Petey Pablo as TBA
  • Oprah Winfrey as TBA


  • Al Sharpton as himself (1/18)
  • Andre Leon Talley as himself (1/18)
  • Pitbull as himself (1/18)
  • Patti LaBelle as herself (0/18)


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1. "The Devils Are Here" September 23, 2015

Plot:  Three months after his arrest, Lucious tries to run Empire Entertainment while in federal lockup; Cookie stages a star-studded concert in support of Lucious while Andre, Hakeem, Anika and Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) attempt a hostile takeover.


Empire intertitle 2. "Without a Country" September 30, 2015



Empire intertitle 3. "Fires of Heaven" October 7, 2015





  • Lucious Lyon will return, and Jamal and Cookie's relationship may deteriorate after the events of the first season finale. (4/21) Source
  • "Season 2 will pick up three months after the shocking arrest and incarceration of Empire Entertainment head Lucious Lyon." Source


  • Gabourey Sidibe and Ta'Rhonda Jones are main cast regulars for season two. (4/21) Source
  • Serayah was promoted to series regular for season two. (8/26) Source

Guest Cast

  • Amber Riley has shown interest on playing a role. (3/12) Source
  • Likely guest stars for the second season of Empire are Common and Oprah Winfrey. (3/18) Source
  • Taraji P Henson promised Courtney Love that she would return to season 2. (4/3) Source
  • Raven-Symoné will return for the second season. (4/15) Source
  • Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and Lenny Kravitz will be guest stars (5/12) Source
  • Kelly Rowland will guest star as Lucious Lyon's mother (7/7) Source
  • Ludacris will guest star as a police officer (7/23) Source
  • Mariah Carey and Pitbull were confirmed to guest star on Empire (8/11) Source
  • Al Sharpton and Andre Leon were confirmed to guest star as they are seen in the season's trailer (8/13) Source
  • Becky G will play Hakeem's love interest. (8/17) Source
  • Patti LaBelle will return to the second season of the show. (8/19) Source
  • Vivica A. Fox will play Cookie's sister. (9/10) Source


  • There will be 18 episodes in Season 2, as confirmed by FOX. (5/11) Source




Behind the Scenes and Featurettes