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EMPIRE
Air Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on FOX
Episode Title: (EMP-402) "Full Circle" (Repeat)
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20

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

--"EMPIRE" - (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

LUCIOUS SEEKS ANSWERS FROM AN OLD FRIEND ON "EMPIRE" WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, ON FOX

Guest Star Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") Begins Multi-Episode Arc

With Leah still insisting that he is a monster, Lucious sneaks away in hopes of finding out what type of person he was before the explosion. Cookie panics that Lucious has gone missing on Claudia's watch, until she realizes he found his way to Uncle Eddie (guest star Forest Whitaker), a music icon who has since become family to the Lyons. Meanwhile, with Anika still behind bars, Hakeem and Tiana grow more comfortable as a family, and Becky makes a rash decision regarding Jamal's new song in the "Full Circle" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Dec. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (EMP-402) (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, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Serayah McNeill as Tiana, Xzibit as Shine Johnson, Andre Royo as Thurston "Thirsy" Rawlings, Rumer Willis as Tory Ash and Terrell Carter as Warren Hall.

Guest Cast: Forest Steven Whitaker as Eddie Barker, Leslie Uggams Pratt as Leah Walker, Demi Moore as Claudia, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, Teyonah Parris as Pamela Rose, Anthony Jackson as Clem, Brian King as Jake Perlman, Rob Wilson as Cabbie, Kurt Naebig as Detective Lumley, Peter DeFaria as Detective Mitchell, Kate Fry as Myra, William Dick as Judge Claremont.

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EMPIRE (FOX)
Returns Wednesday, September 26
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