FOX Likes Its Lineup: Empire and Scream Queens Earn Renewals

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Evidently, FOX enjoys having shows that rake in viewers. Both Empire and Scream Queens did that this year, and both will be returning—the former for a third season, the latter for a second.

Empire, the music industry drama centered on Terrence Howard’s character Lucious Lyon and his family, became the most-watched show on broadcast television last year and still holds that title midway through its second season (which resumes on Mar. 30). It has also garnered critical acclaim, with Taraji P. Henson winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon and the show itself nabbing a Golden Globe nom for Best TV Series – Drama. With a third season in the works, we know we’ll get another year of Timbaland putting together an outstanding soundtrack as well.

Scream Queens attracted a large audience in the age 18-34 demographic in its first season, which wrapped up last month. But with all the sorority girls dead, where could the show go for its next iteration? The answer appears to be a hospital, “where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation,” according to the FOX presser. Just imagining all the equipment available for murder at a hospital had to incite some sort of Pavlovian response in show creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan.