×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Empire’ Showrunner Responds to Spinoff Rumors

There’s been much buzz about a potential “Empire” spinoff, ever since co-creator Lee Daniels said earlier this year that a follow-up series would happen “without question.”

This week, rumors resurfaced when upcoming “Empire” guest star Vivica A. Fox stopped by Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.

“I’m feeling like you’re going to be in a few episodes, and then there’s going to be a spinoff starring you. Confirm or deny?” host Andy Cohen asked Fox, who will make her debut on the hip-hop hit next week, playing Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson’s) older sister.

“In limbo,” replied Fox. And when Cohen prodded her further about her involvement in a potential spinoff, she added, “Yes, absolutely. And I would jump at the opportunity.”

Variety spoke to “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken about the possibility of an extension series, who said there no plans in place — as did both the studio and the network.

“Right now, we are focused on making the best season two of ‘Empire’ we can possibly make,” Chaiken tells Variety. “In our world, there may well be storylines and characters that we can spin off, but that’s not what we are focused on right now, and nothing official or concrete is happening with regards to it. We really just want to stay focused on what we’re doing.”

At TCA this summer, Lee pitched a Cookie-centric series, focused on her life growing up in Philadelphia, in addition to the backstory of Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon. “I think there is going to be a spinoff from ‘Empire’ without question,” Daniels said. “There is so much ripe story there.”

At the time of Daniels’ comments, the network and studio behind “Empire” clarified that no spinoff is formally in the works, but in an interview with Vulture, Fox Television Group boss Dana Walden said the possibility still stands and a spinoff could be put on the fast track for the 2016-17 season. “If there’s a character…that feels original enough, has enough momentum and enough of a storytelling engine, we will definitely look to spin ‘Empire’ off for next season,” said Walden, adding that said character “would, in all likelihood, appear in the second half of this season.”

Daniels has another music-heavy drama pilot, titled “Star,” set up at Fox, though it is not directly related to “Empire.” “Star” goes into production next month.

More TV

  • Winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song

    Netherlands' Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

    Madonna’s controversial performance may have grabbed the headlines, but Duncan Laurence won the nearly four-hour-long 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song “Arcade,” which he cowrote with Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy. Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and [...]

  • 'SNL' Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin's

    'SNL' Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin's Trump Rocking Out to Queen

    The cold open for the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” saw the Trump administration taking some liberties with a rock classic. Alec Baldwin returned as President Donald Trump, letting America know that he is going to be taking it easy now that summer is nearly here. He then said he was going to do [...]

  • Great Point Invests in U.K. Indie

    Great Point Invests in U.K. Indie Producer Seven Seas (EXCLUSIVE)

    U.K.-based Great Point has bought into Seven Seas Films, the British indie producer that recently teamed with BBC Studios for a drama series about the final months of Marilyn Monroe. Great Point has a new “enterprise investment scheme” fund, Great Point Ventures, and is primed to invest in several more film and TV producers in [...]

  • Outlander Season 4 Finale

    What CBS' Pursuit of Starz Means for CBS, Lionsgate

    CBS’ effort to buy pay TV service Starz from Lionsgate seems on the surface to be a head scratcher. CBS has told Wall Street for years that it has prospered because it brings only two must-have services to the table in negotiations with MVPDs, allowing the Eye to drive a hard bargain. Why would CBS [...]

  • Doha Film Institute Steps Up Documentaries

    Doha Film Institute Steps Up Documentaries and TV Series Grants

    The Doha Film Institute, which is at Cannes as a co-financier of Elia Suleiman’s competition entry “It Must Be Heaven,” has announced the 37 projects receiving its Spring Grants, roughly half of them to be directed by women. The latest batch of mostly Arabic fare set to tap into support from the DFI, a key [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content