Don’t miss this year’s biggest show, on E4 this spring
If you’re in the UK and unaware of Fox’s hit show Empire, you now have a chance to find out what all the fuss is about as the shows hits UK screens on Tuseday April 28, airing on E4 at 9pm.
Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt said: “Empire has been a record-breaking hit in the US. It’s grown and grown as audiences have fallen in love with its unforgettable characters and soundtrack. I’m delighted it’s coming to E4.”
Fox’s breakout series was renewed for a second season on January 17, after just the second episode aired, drawing in 10.3million viewers. Empire went on to enjoy record-breaking success with 23million viewers watching its season one finale, the highest figure for a new show since Grey’s Anatomy in 2005.
There’s a slight possibility that the UK may only get to enjoy season one and reruns though, following rumours that season 2 of the show has now been cancelled by Fox.
Contractual negotiations are apparently the reason for the cancellation. According to speculation, Fox site pay of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s production team as the main determining factor.
It is also speculated that Fox pulled the plug after finding out that the production team had failed to film any of the Season 2 episodes (set to air Fall 2015), on the grounds that they had failed to meet contractual obligations.
Empire creator, Lee Daniels, is said to be meeting with networks such as HBO, Showtime, Viacom and ABC along with co-creator, Danny Strong, in hopes of finding a new home for the hit series.
I guess we will have to wait to find out whether the rumours are purely fictitious or if Empire will return on a new network.
Aside from record-breaking views, the Empire soundtrack was also the first to debut at no. 1 since Glee albums back in 2010.
It must be said though, not everybody views Empire in a completely positive way. Check out what Dr. Boyce Watkins thinks of the show in his interview with Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club.