Season 2 of Fox’s show “Empire” will premiere on September 23 on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT and here are things that the fans should expect.
The TV show about a New York hip-hop mogul and his company will return on air Wednesday night after a 3-month filming on the windy city of Chicago.
Chicago Tribune wrote that familiar places for Chicagoans will be seen in the show as the cast and crew were permitted to film not just the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the West Side but the Downtown and different West Side areas as well.
The show’s cast members are mostly from Chicago: from Terrence Howard who portrays mogul Lucious Lyon, Grace Gealey who plays Anika Calhoun (Lucius’s former paramour) to Ta’Rhonda Jones, a Simeon Career Academy alumna who plays assistant to Cookie Lyon. Local celebrities like Simeon Henderson and CNN newscaster Don Lemon also appear in the show’s second season.
The love/hate drama of the family continues as several guests will drop by and some old faces will come back for Season 2. Meanwhile, International Business Times reported the things that you should know before watching the premiere on Wednesday.
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) will be in charge of the company as Lucious (Terrence Howard) left the management of the firm to him when he went to prison in the Season 1 finale. He will have to juggle between managing the label and his music career while fending off his family’s attempt to take the company from him.
Guest stars include Marisa Tomei, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Rev. Al Sharpton, Lenny Kravitiz, Andre Leon Talley, Kelly Rowland, and Pitbull. Marisa Tomei and Chris Rock will appear in Season 2, episode 1, “The Devils Are Here,” playing major roles.
Showrunner Ilene Chaiken disclosed that when Lucious go out of prison, his street attitude will come out. “It ignites his rage and anger, his rage against the system and those who have oppressed him and it also connects him with his roots. Luscious Lyon came from the streets, but he has been far from the street,” Chaiken said.
Rapper Bryshere “Yazz” Gray who portrays Hakeem said in a Billboard interview that fans will see more fighting and backstabbing in the show. “The music is gonna get better and better. You’re just gonna see brothers fighting for success,” he revealed.
Hakeem’s love interest Serayah, played by Tiana, who is also one of the artists being managed by Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) will be back for the season. Cookie, Andre (Trai Byers), Hakeem and Anika’s plan for a hostile takeover of the company from Lucious is underway.
Contrary to rumors, Terrence Howard’s role will not be reduced and he will remain one of the main stars of “Empire,” according to Fox.