THEIR REIGN. THEIR RULES: Fox’s Hit Series EMPIRE Starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard Set To End 2 Episodes Early Due To COVID-19
THEIR REIGN. THEIR RULES
In a somber ending to Fox's hit show, EMPIRE, featuring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, the series finale will be two episodes earlier due to a shutdown of production amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Episode 18, "Love Me Still," will serve as the final episode, as Episode 20 -- which should have been the last broadcast -- will not be taped. Viewers, though, will be able to see parts of Episode 19, which was halfway through production prior to the closure, incorporated into the final episode.
Empire debuted in 2015. The drama follows the relationship between hip-hop mogul, Lucious Lyon's (Howard) company, Empire Entertainment, and the members of his family who want to control it. The show has been a hit among viewers (one time topping at 17 million), with all seasons scoring over 80% approval on Rotten Tomatoes; however, since the arrest of Jussie Smollett for allegedly falsifying a hate crime, viewership has drastically declined.
Empire has won various awards, including American Film Institute, BET Award, Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards and Critics' Choice Television Award.
The final episode will broadcast on 21 April in the U.S. Fans in the UK will have to wait to see the show later this year on 5 Star.