The Lyon family returns for another season of crime and chaos when “Empire” premieres in a new time slot — 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox. In the season 4 premiere, titled “Noble Memory,” the network states that Lucious (Terrence Howard) makes his first appearance since the explosion in Las Vegas, but still has no memory of his family, Empire or his life before the accident. A devastated Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) struggles to rebuild her relationship with him, while keeping a close eye on his nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore).
Meanwhile, Andre (Trai Byers) is faced with an investigation by the LAPD surrounding the night of the explosion. Diana DuBois (guest star Phylicia Rashad), who still has Jamal’s little girl in her clutches, continues her war against the Lyons, and the worlds of “Empire” and the new Lee Daniels production “Star,”which follows immediately at 9 p.m., collide when Carlotta (guest star Queen Latifah) comes face to face with Cookie and Lucious saying, “Lucious, I’m managing a girl group and I thought you might want to help them out.”
“The depth of the relationship between Lucious and Cookie will be the most surprising thing to the fans when season four begins,” “Empire executive producer Ilene Chaiken said in a “First Look” video for the new season. “We never get to see Lucious and Cookie like we see them in this season.”
“Terrence gets to show a different side of the character, and maybe that’s why someone like Cookie would fall in love so deeply with a man like that — because she was able to see the true him,” adds Jussie Smollett, who portrays Jamal Lyon on the show.
The daring drama by Philly native Lee Daniels has garnered multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. It was the only broadcast series to earn a 2016 Golden Globe Award nomination in the category of Best Television Series — Drama, and Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama.
In addition, Henson has received back-to-back Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. “Empire” also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, and recently received seven NAACP Image Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.