You know you have an extremely successful show when you are asked continuously about the second season well before the first is even over, and that is precisely what “Empire” is going through at this very moment.
As a part of a new piece over at Deadline, executive producer Danny Strong said that there are some early plans happening right now when it comes to the second season, and while it’s possible that the show could be longer, it does not look like 22 episodes (the standard length for many broadcast series) is in the discussion. Yesterday, we reported that fellow EP Lee Daniels would fight any sort of increase, mostly because he feels like this is the proper length for the show. We tend to side with him on this, since you want your show to be short enough so that there is something for fans to look forward to moving forward.
Strong also teased up the finale to the publication to the finale, saying that there will be some loose ends tied up; however, at the same time he made it clear that there are probably going to be at least a few more dangling threads for the next season:
“It’s a very explosive finale, not surprising … Many things go down and many things get resolved. Alliances will shift and yet it may or may not be completely resolved by the tine its over.”
We are still so early in the planning stages here that we cannot even say just yet when the series is coming back. Our hope is that it won’t be rushed; January through March is a good time for it, especially airing during the middle of the week.