The TCAs are continuing throughout the weekend, and as part of Saturday's Fox presentation, the network announced the return of two very popular series. Shortly after renewing Gotham for Season 2, it was revealed that both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Empire will be coming back. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return for Season 3 sometime this fall, while Empire will debut its Season 2 next year. Here are the official press releases:
Season-to-date, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is averaging a 2.7/7 in Viewers 18-49, up +17% in the key demographic versus last season, and generating the largest year-to-year gains of any sophomore series. Additionally, the series' Jan. 4 broadcast delivered a Live +3 rating of 3.6/9 in Adults 18-49, the show's highest Live +3 rating of the season.
In Defense Rests, the next all-new episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, airing Sunday, Jan. 25 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Sophia's (guest star Eva Longoria) job gets in the way of her relationship with Jake (Andy Samberg), so Jake tries to smooth things over with her boss (guest star Chris Parnell). Meanwhile, Wuntch (guest star Kyra Sedgwick) needs Holt's (Andre Braugher) help for a job recommendation.
Created and written by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as a talented, but carefree, detective and Andre Braugher as his by-the-book precinct captain. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Fremulon. The series is created and written by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. The series is executive-produced by Goor, Schur and David Miner. The pilot was directed by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
In the next all-new episode of Empire, "The Devil Quotes Scripture," airing Wednesday, Jan. 21 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Lyons head to Philadelphia for Bunkie's funeral and get a taste of what their life could have been if Lucious (Terrence Howard) hadn't made it big. Then, Lucious promotes Hakeem's (Bryshere Gray) new relationship with hip-hop star Tianna (guest star Serayah), but tensions rise when another woman tries to catch Hakeem's eye. Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. ("Jerry Maguire") and music legend Gladys Knight guest-star.
Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen's Most Current measure, Empire has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two. From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, Emmy Award winner Danny Strong and Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, comes Empire, a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power.
Featuring music by prolific producer Timbaland, the series stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson.
Among the series' other featured cast members are Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Kaitlin Doubleday, as well as newcomers Bryshere Gray and Grace Gealey. Additional guest stars include Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Courtney Love, Derek Luke and Judd Nelson
Empire is from Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The pilot is written by Daniels and Strong. The series is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo. Daniels directed the pilot.