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'Empire' Season 2 Set to Premiere in September, Chris Rock To Guest Star

by Erika Benton-Martin   May 29, 2015 20:53 PM EDT

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Fans of Empire are in for great news. Writers for Season 2 of the music drama confirmed that the show is set to premiere in September.

It was announced via Twitter that Empire would return for new episodes on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

As noted by Screen Crush, Empire season two will expand to 18 episodes from season one's modest 12, structured in two halves with a major cliffhanger between.

Season two guest stars include Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz and Alicia Keys. Ne-Yo will join Timbaland writing music for the series. No word if he'll actually make an appearance.

In April, one of the show's producers, Brian Grazer, revealed that Eminem may be among those making appearances during an interview on Good Morning America.

"Eminem, I know, loves our show," Grazer told GMA's George Stephanopoulos. "And I produced 8 Mile. I'm going to beg him to get on our show. He and Oprah Winfrey. Somehow I'm going to get one or both of them on our show."

As previously reported, Lee Daniels confirmed that he has written roles for dream guest-star Winfrey and Oscar-winner Common.

According to Deadline, Nielsen numbers have the season one finale of Empire snagging a 6.5 rating among adults 18–49 and 16.7 million total viewers. The ratings increased 71 percent and 69 percent respectively from the results of the show's debut back on Jan. 7.

Will you be watching season two of Empire? Are you anxious to see what happens this season? Do you think the show will suffer the sophomore slump or live up to its hype? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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