Fox will unveil its new drama series Empire on January 7, with limited commercial interruption, following the season premiere of American Idol. Idol will air Wednesday, January 7 from 8-9 PM ET/PT and Thursday, January 8 from 8-10 PM ET/PT. Returning host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. launch the competition with auditions from Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.
Empire will debut that Wednesday from 9-10 PM ET/PT. Fox dropped the trailer to its midseason hip-hop family drama during the World Series. Empire centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charismatic music superstar who is about to take his company Empire Entertainment public. Taraij P. Henson stars as Lucious’ ex-wife Cookie, and she’s still looking for a share of his success. Series also stars Gabourey Sidibe and guest stars Courtney Love. As Deadline reported back in March, Timbaland will serve as the song producer and songwriter, creating new tunes for the show and curating old ones.
The drama hails from Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious), Danny Strong (Game Change, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Brian Grazer. Empire is from Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller.