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The second season of blockbuster drama Empire will consist of 18 episodes, Fox chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman confirmed during the network’s press call this morning. It will be split in two parts, consistent with Fox’s new drama scheduling strategy the two laid out. It will include splitting seasons: Part 1 in the fall,…

At its height, “American Idol” minted breakout stars and drew more than 30 million viewers an episode. It was the No. 1 broadcast show for eight years, provided a boon to an ailing music industry and was the sort of appointment television that industry executives are desperately trying to recreate. Read Full Article

Fox’s hit freshman drama Empire is gearing up to have a banner year. Not only did the show have a wildly popular first season—with ratings ticking up with every episode—but Entertainment Weekly just announced that Fox signed three big names to guest star in the second season: Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and Lenny Kravitz. Read…