It is official: The upcoming sixth season of Fox’s hit musical drama Empire will be its last.
During the recent upfronts, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier revealed to Deadline, “We looked at our priorities and were trying to prioritize giving Empire the send-off it deserves. The move [of Empire] to 9pm, made it a challenge because Star was always the lead-out from Empire and obviously we don’t have the 10pm hour, so it was another tough choice in a year where we were prioritizing Empire and obviously some of the other shows that we’ve put on the schedule.”
Unfortunately, one of those casualties was another Lee Daniels-led musical drama, Star, which was cancelled last week, after three seasons on the air. Collier calls the cancellation “a tough choice,” but it wasn’t a complete surprise, with the high production costs and challenging ratings. 20th Century Fox TV is currently shopping the show to other platforms.