‘Empire’ Renewed by Fox for Season 4

TCA 2017: Don’t act so surprised

Here’s the no-brainer of TCA: Fox has renewed “Empire” for a fourth season.

The hit hip-hop soap opera returns for its spring premiere on Wednesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. That evening it’ll have a whole new lead-in from the racially charged series “Shots Fired.”

“Empire” is the No. 1 broadcast drama in the key 18-49 demographic, a claim the series can make for three straight seasons now.

“Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Bre-Z, Xzibit and Morocco Omari.

In addition to the regular cast, the series has featured guest appearances by Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, “Empire” was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The show is executive-produced by those two, along with Brian Grazer, showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri.