‘Empire’ Given Early Season Two Pickup by FOX

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Just two weeks after its premiere, FOX has ordered a second season of “,” created by (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “”) and , it was announced today by and , Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, during the FOX portion of the Winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.

Emerging as the #1 new series of the television season in Adults 18-49, “Empire” is averaging a 5.3 rating in Live+3, according to current Nielsen Media Research data.

Starring Academy Award nominee (“Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee (“Person of Interest,” “No Good Deed,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), “Empire” follows the drama of a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power.

“Empire” also stars , , , and , as well as newcomers and . Additional guest stars include Academy Award nominee (“,” “Precious”), Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee (“The People vs. Larry Flynt”), Derek Luke (“The Americans”) and (“The Breakfast Club”).

“Empire” is a production of Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television and features music by mega producer .

“Empire” airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on FOX.

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