FOX has released the trailer to Season 2 of “Empire,” which returns on Wednesday, September 23rd at 9:00pm ET/PT.

In addition to returning cast members Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Gealey as Anika Gibbons,Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon.  We will also see guest appearances by Pitbull, Adam Rodriguez, Chris Rock, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei in a recurring role.

At the show’s TCA Panel, held on Thursday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel where Taraji & Lee had some fun on stage (above and below), Lee Daniels made this shocking declaration: “Without question, there will be a spinoff of Empire!”

We hear it will be about a young Cookie…or maybe a young Lucious Lyon…but nothing has been confirmed.

Lee also confirmed that Mariah Carey will appear on Season 2. When asked about her role, he said, “I don’t know the particulars.”

Lee was also asked about a possible Denzel Washington appearance and THAT set him off.  He “checked” the room of journalists saying:

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Empire 2015 Promo Pics

Check out the new trailer below: