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EMPIRE
Air Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on FOX
Episode Title: (EMP-413) "Of Hardiness is Mother"
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

[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

COOKIE FIGHTS FOR AN OLD FRIEND ON AN ALL-NEW "EMPIRE" WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, ON FOX

Although Lucious pressures Cookie to take it easy, she can't help but take matters into her own hands when she receives unsettling news about an old friend. Meanwhile, Tiana's new 20 for 20 single takes off, leading to an unexpected change in her demeanor. Also, Jamal struggles to rebrand his image, Hakeem adopts a new role as musical mentor and Andre recruits Lucious to help him uncover the truth about Eddie's intentions in the all-new "Of Hardiness is Mother" episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, April 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (EMP-413) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Bryshere 'Yazz' Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky Williams, Serayah as Tiana Brown, Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha Taylor, Andre Royo as Thurston "Thirsty" Rawlings, Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, and Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner as 'Shine Johnson.

Guest Cast: Ptosha Storey as Chyna, Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Poundcake and James Colby as Burleson, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, Mary Ernster as Joyce, Erica Faye Watson as Ruth, Ryan Michelle Bathe as Celeste, Kevin Banas as Armando, Chester Marlon Hanks as Blake, Raj Bond as Calvin Moore and Paolo Nieddu as Paolo.

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EMPIRE (FOX)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/7/15 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2019)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
6 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
the show's current season will be its last
DESCRIPTION:
(from FOX's press release, April 2019) FOX has renewed the hit drama EMPIRE for a sixth season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment for FOX Entertainment. "EMPIRE continues to break barriers with its emotionally powerful storytelling, and it remains a core part of the FOX legacy," said Thorn. "We want to thank everyone on the show - Taraji, Terrence and the entire cast, as well as Lee, Danny, Brett, Sanaa, Brian, Francie, Dennis and their teams - all of whom have done a tremendous job this season. We know there are so many more stories to tell, and we can't wait to see what they have in store for Season Six."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· A.Z. Kelsey as Jeff Kingsley
· Andre Royo as Thurston "Thirsty" Rawlings
· Bryshere "Yazz" Gray as Hakeem Lyon
· Chet Hanks as Blake Sterling
· Gabourey Sidibe as Becky Williams
· Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon
· Nicole Ari Parker as Giselle Sims-Barker
· Rhyon Nicole Brown as Maya
· Serayah McNeill as Tiana Brown
· Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon
· Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha Taylor
· Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon
· Trai Byers as Andre Lyon
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Bre-Z as Freda Gatz
· Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun
· Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon
· Malik Yoba as Vernon Turner
· Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins
· Rumer Willis as Tory Ash
· Terrell Carter as Warren Hall
· Xzibit as Shine Johnson
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