Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Fox's New Schedule Is Here-Is Your Favorite Show on It?

Fox's New Schedule Is Here-Is Your Favorite Show on It?

Fox announced Monday that the upcoming sixth season of "Empire" will be its last.

When questioned about if Smollett would be returning for the show's finale, Collier said, "At this point, we have no plans for that".

Collier says the network wants to give "Empire" a big send-off and that's the focus.

Smollett had previously been written out of the final few episodes of Season 5 after Chicago prosecutors charged him with multiple counts of filing a false police report, though those charges were later dropped as part of a deal requiring him to perform community service and forfeit $10,000 bond. He maintained his innocence and the 16 charges against him were ultimately dropped. The final season will air Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays and will consist of 20 episodes instead of 18.

Smollett has starred on "Empire" since the show's start in 2015. "We are going out guns a-blazing. The move [of Empire] to 9pm, made it a challenge because Star was always the lead-out from Empire and obviously we don't have the 10pm hour, so it was another tough choice in a year where we were prioritizing Empire and obviously some of the other shows that we've put on the schedule". "As the series enters its final season, one thing is for sure, the Lyons never go out without a bang", the network said in a statement.

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But, with so many King's Landing players out for the count, Sansa and Bran are sure to make a reappearance. The actress didn't think it was in Cersei's character to give in so quickly.

Lee Daniels is now saying goodbye to the two most prominent television projects of his career: Empire and Star.

"There's an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that", Collier said, according to Deadline.

On the sports side of the spectrum, Fox Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks said that conversations with likely Super Bowl LIV advertisers are already underway. Chief among these is "Empire", which will call it quits in 2020 after a six-season run.

"We've been told that Jussie will not be on "Empire" in the beginning of the season but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal's future open", the statement read.

Collier said to journalists that "there is an option" to have him back for the sixth season, but at the moment, there aren't any plans for such an endeavor.

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