Empire has been renewed for a fifth season at Fox.
The network announced the news on Wednesday.
This should come as no surprise as the Lee Daniels drama remains the top show at the network and one of the most viewed shows on television, despite viewer erosion over the years.
It has even produced a moderately popular spinoff series, Star.
“Empire is as compelling, emotional, and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence (Howard) and Taraji (P. Henson), who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team … whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire,” said Fox entertainment president Michael Thorn.
Empire revolves around the Lyon family and their media company, Empire Entertainment. The founder, Lucious Lyon, is the king of hip-hop, but his company and reign are constantly threatened by his family, including his ex-wife, Cookie Lyon, his sons, Jamal (Jussie Smollett), Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and Andre (Trai Byers); and a volatile and competitive music industry. Empire also stars Andre Royo as Thurston “Thirsty” Rawlings, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Rumer Willis as Tory Ash, Serayah as Tiana, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha, Terrell Carter as Warren Hall and Xzibit as Shine Johnson.
The season five episode order is currently unknown.