Season 2 of Empire Gets 18 Episodes and Ne-Yo

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Fox executives are getting their wish for an extended number of episodes for Season 2 of monster hit soap opera Empire. The second season of  Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's sudser will boast 18 episodes, up from Season 1's 12 installments.

Fox will strip the series in two parts. The first half of Season 2 will air in the fall, concluding with a cliffhanger. Part II will pick up in the Spring.  Additionally, R&B star Ne-Yo will join Timbaland as a music producer for the hip-hopera.