The announcement that the hip-hop drama — which has enjoyed record ratings — was picked up for a second season was made Saturday morning at Fox’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.
In fact, a crossover with the musical competition series is something Chaiken’s already been considering. After all, both shows are now flagship properties for Fox, dominating Wednesday nights.
“We would contemplate it only because it makes sense and they really would in real life, so why not?” Chaiken said.
“It’s a great idea and I’m not going to tell you that we haven’t talked about ‘Idol’ in the writers’ room. [We’ve] talked about a cameo from ‘Idol’ on ‘Empire’ or possibly one of our artists going on ‘Idol.'”
“Idol’s” exec producer Trish Kinane also weighed in on a potential crossover at her show’s panel, saying, “We’d love to do something, if it’s organic.”
The “Empire” cast is privy to a collaboration, too. At TCA, Terrence Howard said, “It would be stupid not to.”
“Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez added that she hasn’t seen “Empire” yet, but she’s “dying to watch it.”
As for future plans for “Empire,” Chaiken said, “We just want to get better and keep telling really good, deep entertaining, authentic stories. Every season has to be different, has to be better, has to be consistent and continue to tell the stories of these characters who I think are already beloved, but also has to be completely new and unexpected.”