Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are remaining optimistic for the future of their hit show, even though their final season has been cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak.
They believe there is more story left in their Fox hip-hop drama, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Even as Fox announced that the upcoming April 21 episode of the drama would officially serve as its series finale.
The two remaining hours were scrapped, as they could not be produced amid the industrywide production shutdown, brought on by COVID-19. But, Daniels and Strong are hopeful that the door can be left open for an official series finale to be produced at some point in the future once it’s safe to resume production.
Daniels vowed that all is not lost, “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!’”