Fox to Cancel Empire After Season 6, Jussie Smollett Not Returning

Carla Harmon
May 13, 2019

Empire is definitely coming back for a sixth season, but that season is, unfortunately, going to be its last.

On Monday, May 13, new Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier revealed the network's 2019 fall TV line-up, the first since Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. "If you look at what we're doing ... we really are trying to go out guns a-blazing", Collier told reporters during a press call. "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.

Fox's Sunday animation block stays put with the addition of the new family toon "Bless the Harts", featuring the vocal talents of Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, in the 8:30 p.m. hammock slot between "The Simpsons" and "Bob's Burgers".

He also noted that "the writers' room for next season hasn't even gathered yet", according to Variety.

Former Illinois appellate Judge Sheila O'Brien had asked for a special prosecutor to examine why the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against the Empire star.

Fox entertainment president Michael Thorn said he "promises [the season will be] filled with drama, shocking surprises and more jaw-dropping moments". Today, the network announced that that will be the end for the music drama. The series revolves around the Empire Entertainment company, founder Lucious Lyon (Howard), his three sons (Gray, Smollett, and Byers), and their mother, Cookie (Henson).

The new-model Fox network is loading up on 10 new scripted series for the 2019-20 season, most of which will be held for midseason as the network adjusts to its heightened focus on live sports.

The biggest scheduling move is slotting new drama "Not Just Me", about a scandal involving a fertility doctor, behind season two of this year's reality sleeper "The Masked Singer" on Wednesday.

The Windy City filed the suit against Smollett over his refusal to reimburse it for overtime payments to police officers who investigated his alleged hate crime hoax.

Police determined Smollett set up the attack and paid the brothers - who both acted in small roles on "Empire" - $3,500 to carry out the supposed beating.

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