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Empire Season 6: Premiere Date, Cast, Trailer, Recap, Update

May 1, 2019
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‘Empire’ is an American musical drama that airs on Fox. The series first premiered on January 7, 2015, and has been created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels. The show is set in New York, although it is filmed in Chicago. It is backed by Imagine Television, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Danny Strong Productions, Little Chicken Inc., 20th Century Fox, and Television ABC Studios production companies.

The show centers around the control over a fictional hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and has received widespread acclaim and garnered a strong fan following due to its gripping narrative. If you are a fan of musical drama and hip hop, this show is hand-picked just for you. Notably, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, ‘Empire’ will soon be produced by Walt Disney Television.

‘Empire’ has had five successful season till now. Here’s everything we know about its upcoming season.

Empire Cast: Who is in it?

This show has won applause for the brilliant acting by its interesting cast. Terrence Howard plays the role of Lucious Lyon or Dwight Walker, a former drug dealer turned music mogul, and the founder and longtime CEO of Empire Entertainment. He is diagnosed with a medical condition, ALS as his past finally catches up with him.

Taraji P. Henson plays Loretha Holloway or Cookie Lyon, Lucious’ wife. The bold and outspoken mother of three sons, she does time in prison for drug dealing, taking the fall for her husband’s crimes. As a result, she comes back determined, to reclaim what she had lost, that is, her share of Empire Entertainment. Taraji’s performance won her a Critic’s Choice Award and a Golden Globe.

Bryshere Y. Gray plays Hakeem Lyon the fame-obsessed youngest son and a hip hop star on the rise. Jussie Smollett plays the middle son, Jamal Lyon, a gay singer-songwriter, considered to be the black sheep of the family and disinterested in the business side of Empire Entertainment. Trai Byers stars as Andre Lyon, the power-hungry eldest son who suffers from bipolar disorder.

In the upcoming season, the main cast is expected to return and resume their battle over the control of Empire Entertainment. However, following the real-life legal charges that Smollett is facing for fabricating a hate crime against himself, the show removed him from the last two episodes of the previous season, and there is a good chance that the role of Jamal will be recast when the new season resumes. The show’s producers spoke out in this regard, saying, “While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays…We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.” Nonetheless, even if Jamal’s role is recast, the dynamics of power and drive for control in the show will remain the same.

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Empire Plot: What is it about?

When Lucious Lyon is diagnosed with a rare medical condition, he is forced to choose a successor for his Empire Entertainment. He is determined to groom his three sons to choose an heir. Jamal is an R&B singer and songwriter, Hakeem is a rapper. In the process of grooming them, he pits them against each other. Cookie Lyon starts her own record label, Lyon Dynasty, and is in fierce competition with Empire Entertainment. No show brings the drama quite as well as Fox’s ‘Empire’ which shows all the nitty gritty of family politics, exposing the worst of human nature when they are driven by a quest for power. Brothers turn on brothers, while Cookie steps into the role of an opponent one would not want to meet, even though she is the mother to the kids who are trying to gain control of Empire entertainment.

The show is a commentary not only on power politics, but on hip hop music as well, and is set against the individual beliefs of the characters and how it motivates and shapes their behavior. What stands out in the show is primarily the performance from Howard and Henson. These two are the fiber that holds the show together and is bolstered by the performance of their on-screen sons. In its premise, ‘Empire’ is almost Shakespearean insofar as it seems to borrow from the tropes of King Lear, but with hip hop serving as a backdrop. Family loyalties are tested at every moment, and no one can truly be trusted as their emotions and intentions are always hidden behind a facade of apparent well-meaning. Perhaps this why the San Francisco Chronicle reviewed ‘Empire’, saying, “Almost nothing about Empire, created by Lee Daniels (The Butler), feels original, but after a few minutes, you will stop caring”. This is indeed true, as the show effortlessly elevates the quality of nighttime soaps with a little help from the top-notch cast, gripping narrative and musical entertainment.

The show is filled with love, hate, revenge, betrayal and most of all, music, medicine to the soul. This musical drama has garnered millions of fans across the globe. Hopefully, in the upcoming season, we will see ‘Empire’ continue in a similar manner, as the character arcs evolve and their motivations behind wanting to control the company becomes clearer. It would be silly to hope for a resolution and reconciliation within the family, so here is hoping to more realpolitik among the members.

Empire Season 6 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Empire’ Season 5 premiered on September 26, 2018. The second part of season 5 released on March 13, 2019. As far as the next season of the show goes, we have good news for the fans. On April 30, 2019, Fox confirmed the renewal of the show.

“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for Season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire,” Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement  The release date of the next season was not revealed, but our best guess is that Empire Season 6 can release sometime in September 2019, keeping with the trend of the past two seasons. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.

Empire Trailer:

While we wait for an update on season 6, check out the season 5 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Fox to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.

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