‘Empire’ to Enter Production Hiatus to Regroup for Rest of Season 4

Danny Strong and Lee Daniels will help map out the back half of the season

Fox is about to reconstruct an empire. The Lion Family’s empire, that is.

After completing filming on Episode 9 of Season 4 on Tuesday, “Empire” will go into a production hiatus starting Wednesday and lasting for a few weeks to allow the writers to regroup before filming begins on the season’s final nine episodes, sources close to the show tell TheWrap.

Co-creators and executive producers Danny Strong and Lee Daniels will both be stepping in to work with the writing staff on the remainder of the season, along with Imagine’s executive producers Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

The show is already scheduled for a hiatus from mid-December until March, so this pause in production will give the writing team the ability to map out the back half of the season without affecting any planned broadcasting.

Fox’s No. 1 series has taken previous breaks in filming since debuting in 2015, so this isn’t an unusual occurrence.

The decision to break in production shows Imagine and Fox’s commitment to turning out a strong second half for Season 4, sources close to the Fox drama noted.

“Empire” has continued its reign at Fox, averaging a 3.1/12 and 10.5 million multi-platform viewers. However, the show’s ratings have slipped significantly from its earlier seasons.