Empire Renewed for Season 2!

January 19, 2015 3:55 PM

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The network announced the good news at the TCA press tour this weekend, and it came as something of a surprise, given that Empire is just getting started. Yes, its premiere pulled in the best ratings FOX has seen from a new show in years, and the second episode got even higher numbers, so we weren't worried about this show getting the axe after its Freshman season. That said, January is pretty early to renew anything — FOX only announced two other renewals this weekend, for Gotham and Brooklyn Nine-Nine — and it's rare for a network to renew a new show after so few episodes, so this is a major vote of confidence in the newbie hit.

Another sign that Empire is considered a super hot commodity for FOX right now? American Idol's producers are thinking about doing some cross promotion with the freshman drama, with contestants from the competition guest starring as part of Empire's world. As the Associated Press (via The Hollywood ...

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