You all loved it so much, that’s it’s coming back. Empire will get a second season, and it will be longer. Fox announced today that Empire will return next season and bless us with 18 episodes of the singing soap opera. The plan, according to Fox execs, is to split the season into two parts of 9 episodes with the first one rapping up in the fall with a huge cliffhanger. The remainder 9 episodes will air after the New Year. So, look forward to more Terrence Howard as a tough guy.