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EMPIRE
Air Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on FOX
Episode Title: (EMP-310) "Sound & Fury"
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Audio descriptions (AD) for tonight's episodes of SHOTS FIRED and EMPIRE are available on the SAP Audio Channel.]

**SPRING PREMIERE**--"EMPIRE" - (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

COOKIE AND LUCIOUS CLASH IN THEIR BIGGEST BATTLE YET ON THE ALL-NEW SPRING PREMIERE OF "EMPIRE" WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, ON FOX

Rumer Willis Guest-Stars

After launching a deadly missile at Angelo, Lucious announces his new music project, Inferno, and puts everyone on notice - especially Cookie, who then vows to knock him off his throne for good. The two engage in an epic clash - fueled by a history of love, loyalty and betrayal. Meanwhile, Jamal befriends musician Tory Ash (guest star Rumer Willis) during his stay in rehab, Andre continues with his plan to take over EMPIRE, and Hakeem and Tiana battle Nessa for a spot in the music showcase in the all-new "Sound & Fury" spring premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (EMP-310) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere 'Yazz' Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Andre Royo as Thurston "Thirsty" Rawlings, Eric Lane as Drop, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Ezri Walker as Zeah, Juan Antonio as Philip and Tobias Truvillion as D-Major

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EMPIRE (FOX)
Returns in Fall 2018 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/7/15 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
5 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2018-19 season (the show's fifth) on 5/2/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from FOX's press release, May 2018) FOX has renewed the hit drama EMPIRE for a fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "EMPIRE is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was," said Thorn. "We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We'd also like to thank our tremendous creative team - Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie - whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to EMPIRE." EMPIRE ranks as one of the season's top broadcast dramas among Adults 18-49 and earns FOX's second-largest Total Multi-Platform audience this season, averaging 11.3 million Total Viewers for the 2017/18 broadcast season to date, up +95% from its Live + Same Day delivery. The critically acclaimed series has garnered multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. For her role as "Cookie Lyon," Taraji P. Henson has received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama in 2016. The series and cast have been recognized at the NAACP Image Awards over the past several years through multiple nominations and wins, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in Drama Series. The series also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Andre Royo as Thurston "Thirsty" Rawlings
· Bryshere "Yazz" Gray as Hakeem Lyon
· Gabourey Sidibe as Becky
· Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun
· Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon
· Rumer Willis as Tory Ash
· Serayah McNeill as Tiana
· Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon
· Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha
· Terrell Carter as Warren Hall
· Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon
· Trai Byers as Andre Lyon
· Xzibit as Shine Johnson
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Bre-Z as Freda Gatz
· Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon
· Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner
· Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins
CREW INFORMATION:
· Brian Grazer as EP
· Danny Strong as CRTR/EP
· Francie Calfo as EP
· Ilene Chaiken as EP
· Lee Daniels as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley as PROD
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 20th Century Fox Television
· Imagine Television
· Lee Daniels Entertainment