Lee Daniels and Danny Strong address having their final season cut short.
Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are optimistic that there's more story left in their Fox hip-hop drama. On Tuesday (April 14), Fox announced that the April 21 episode of the drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson would officially serve as its series finale as its two remaining hours could not be produced amid the near-industrywide production shutdown.
Still, Daniels and Strong left the door open for a proper series finale to be produced at some point down the line when it's safe to resume production amid the novel coronavirus crisis. "The success of Empire and bringing the Lyon family to broadcast television will always be one of the proudest achievements of my career," Daniels said in a statement.
"This show is the definition of breaking barriers. Thank you to our incredible cast, especially Terrence and Taraji, along with our amazing writers and tireless crew, for all of their hard work and bringing this story to life. I think there’s more to do with these characters, and I’m heartbroken we aren’t getting to shoot the finale we wanted — at least not yet. But you know what they say in television? Stay tuned! To the Empire!”