Taraji and Terrence’s hit series EMPIRE has been supersized! Thanks to a record-breaking first season FOX has upped the show’s initial Season 2 order of 12 episodes to a monster sized 18. The network plans to split its 18-episode second season into two different halves with Part 1 in the fall, ending with a cliffhanger, and Part 2 in the spring.

But wait….there’s more! Grammy-winner crooner/producer/singer Ne-Yo has been booked to write music for Season 2, joining the series’ music producer Timbaland.

Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman, who spoke at the network’s Upfront presentation on Monday morning, told the audience, “The stories we’ve heard already for season 2 will blow away the audience.”  Gary added that FOX has no plans to change Empire’s timeslot….which is bad news for ABC’s “Black-ish,”  which saw a ratings decline during the week’s it competed against “Empire.”

“Empire” will return Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET this fall.

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