The show is produced by , in association with , Lee Daniels Entertainment, Danny Strong Productions and Little Chicken Inc. Meanwhile, Andre works to shut down a division at Empire, until he discovers a disciple in the midst of Lucious' Gutter Life Records. Both Lucious and Andre clashes about Andre's decision to release his grandmother from the psychiatric ward. He threatens her with a gun and encourages her to drink the same poison she put in Mimi's drink. Mirage a Trois overruns their opening set and Tiana confronts Laura.
When he wants to change the venue of the cookout concert, Lucious reveals that he found out that Laz is a member of the gang that abducted Hakeem. Creedmor Record Exec Dong uncredited. Jussie Smollett, Grace Gealey and Taraji P. Brian - Hakeem's Driver uncredited. She shows them Lucious' video and it causes an argument between Andre and his father. Andre is sent to clear a gang injunction against Freda and blackmails deputy Mayor Alvarez. Cookie also refuses to sign over her rights to their most valuable songs.
Rhonda and Andre speak to a pastor and Andre accuses Rhonda of cheating. He sleeps with her and gets her to reveal that she was only using Mimi. He makes a final offer to Hakeem to return to Empire and take the Lyon name back, which Hakeem turns down. In the end, Lucious decides to proceed without them at a great cost. Now in charge, Camilla tries to get Lucious removed from the building, but they are interrupted by news about Rhonda.
Lucious plans his new music video with Cookie. One day later, on August 6, 2015, it was also confirmed that would appear as himself. On July 17, 2015, reported that will join the cast as Thirsty Rawlings, a sharp lawyer who will defend Lucious. Hakeem performs with Laura and Tiana on tour. Actresses , , and were promoted to the main cast for the second season, while would not return after his character's death.
Lucious wants to become a major player in the streaming business. Meanwhile, Laz guest star Adam Rodriguez has truly fallen for Cookie, but things get complicated when she finds out the truth about him. Archived from on October 28, 2015. It was announced to contain 18 episodes, split into two parts, with ten episodes in the fall, and the remaining eight episodes after the Christmas break, beginning in January. The wedding of Smollett's character, Jamal, and Kai Toby Onwumere is a centerpiece of Wednesday's installment, but the actor's future on the series remains clouded even after criminal charges filed against him in connection to his report of a racist, homophobic assault were dropped. Soul Children of Harlem uncredited. Meanwhile, Andre has to twist his newfound values to achieve a delicate balance between his faith and his career; Hakeem begins to work with Laura to turn her into a star; and Cookie sets her sights on having Lyon Dynasty be a part of an epic televised charity music event.
Jamal's painter gets between him and Michael. He makes Andre president of his resurrected old label, Gutter Life Records, and signs Freda for it. Rhonda is concerned that his paranoia means he's about to have another bipolar break and urges the pastor to get Andre to see a doctor. Meanwhile, despite his frustration with the family, Jamal makes a sacrifice for Lucious from which it will be hard to recover. Later, when Cookie wants to hire his abductors for Lyon Dynasty's security, Hakeem draws a gun on them, but Cookie saves the situation.
Lucious and Mimi want the whole family to produce a video from Hakeem's leaked album, but Hakeem starts a fight with Jamal. Anika considers suicide, but discovers that she is pregnant with Hakeem's baby. The second season follows the competition for the company, three months later after ' incarceration. Extras Casting: 4 Star Casting 17 episodes, 2016-2017. Rhonda asks Jamal to take Andre back. While in federal lockup, Lucious tries to run Empire from inside, with the help of Jamal, who is getting closer to his ex-boyfriend Michael. Hakeem and Jamal head to a poor neighbourhood looking for Freda.
She briefly moves in with her. Lucious has some altercations with Prison Officer McKnight , but his new lawyer Thirsty Rawlings helps him record a track in prison, and also wins the bail hearing against Roxanne Ford. The family gets together for Cookie's birthday. Writers' Assistant 9 episodes, 2018. Cookie and Lucious plot together to destroy Camilla from the inside. Lucious tells Hakeem that he shot Bunky and that he did it for Empire.
Lucious is relieved and takes Andre back. Rhonda confronts Anika about her accident, and if it was Anika who pushed her. On the aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, the season earned a 95% rating based on 19 reviews, indicating critical acclaim. Archived from on October 26, 2015. Hakeem later proposes to Laura.
Season Two, meanwhile, has ten main roles, with seven of the main characters reprising their roles from , and three recurring characters promoted to regular cast members. The family rushes to the hospital to rally around Rhonda and Andre. Mimi names Camilla as her proxy while she is away for cancer treatment. It's then revealed that he recorded the whole thing for Mimi to see what Camilla really thinks. The family has experienced unimagined tragedies and now must join forces to rebuild from scratch. Crowd Member at Concert uncredited. Lucious wants to sign Frank's daughter Freda Bre-Z for Empire to get her out of the ghetto, but fails.