'Empire' news: Show renewed for a third season; co-creator reveals that there will be less guest stars in season 2b

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American hip hop family drama “Empire” is turning to be one of this generation’s TV giants. Given that it is a huge hit in both viewership and ratings, it was no surprise that as early as now, the show has already been picked up for a third season.

The good news was brought by Fox co-CEO and Chairman Gary Newman during the recently held Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. Newman was pressed on various concerns from the panel of columnists in attendance which include critical jabs in storytelling and dip in ratings of the current season compared to its debut installment.

“I think that if that show is off creatively, we would like all of our shows to be off creatively,” Newman confidently answered.

Despite the slightly decrease in viewership numbers, “Empire” still has an outstanding week after week rating numbers.

“The audience, I don’t think, shares the feeling that some of the critics have had about the storytelling,” he continue.

On top of that, Taraji P. Henson just nabbed this year’s Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Television Drama as Cookie Lyon in the show. This not only amplified the loyalty of the current fans but can potentially interest other people to check out “Empire.”

In separate sit down with The Hollywood Reporter,  show creator Danny Strong shoot down persistent rumors that songbird Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey will be making an appearance in the show soon.

“None of those people are going to actually be on the show so I can’t control what names all of a sudden take off as being guest stars because they’re not,” Strong revealed. He even said that when the hit show comes back in the airwaves this March, there is going to be a lot less cameo and guest stars presumably to focus on thew burgeoning story of the program.

During its midseason finale which aired last December, Luscious (Terrence Howard) was left in a very tight situation as he lost his company. Furthermore, other subplots like Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) getting pushed down the stairs and left unconscious piqued the curiosity of the audience.

“Empire” will be back with brand new episodes on March 30 on Fox.