“We just signed Ne-Yo who’s going to be writing all new music with Timbaland,” announced Fox co-chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman to the thrill of anyone who thought mid-’00s R&B was underrated. Fox also announced that Empire will stick around in its time slot, Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. As expected, Fox executives also said that the second season of Empire will consist of 18 episodes split into two halves — one for fall, one for spring — with a crazy cliffhanger for the midseason hiatus in which a fourth Lyon son emerges. He’ll be played by Zac Efron.
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