First Look: “Empire” Begins Season 3 With “Light In Darkness” Episode On 9/21

Empire [FOX]

It is sometimes unclear how a television drama will begin its new season.

The season three premiere of FOX’s “Empire” will not represent one of those occasions.

Season two ended with a cliffhanger — a fight between Anika and Rhonda leading to a fall off the roof — and season three picks up where that left off.

It also finds Lucious continuing to focus on his streaming service, and Tariq continuing his task force investigation.

Entitled “Light In Darkness,” the season premiere of FOX’s “Empire” airs at 9PM ET on September 21. In advance of the broadcast, FOX shared a synopsis, cast list and gallery of production photos.
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EMPIRE picks up exactly where Season Two ended – Hakeem left at the altar, Lucious and Anika married and Anika and Rhonda fighting on the roof – until someone falls. Also, Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while clashing with his half-brother, Tariq (Morocco Omari), who is leading a federal task force investigating him in the all-new “Light in Darkness” season premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Cast: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha and Serayah as Tiana, Bre-Z as Freda Gatz, Xzibit as Shine Johnson and Morocco Omari as Tariq Cousins

Guest Cast: Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Tasha Smith as Carol, Vivica A. Fox as Candace, French Montana as Vaughn, Birdman as Himself, Sierra A. McClain as Nessa, Ajiona Alexus as Teenage Loretha, Jeremy Carver as Teenage Lucious, AzMarie Livingston as Chicken, Tyla Abercrumbie as Nurse, Patrick Clear as Doctor, Tha Pope as Jack, Eric Lane as Drop, Claudette Burchett as Juanita, David Lively as Butler, Birgundi Baker as Teen Carol, Lawnyae Marie as Teen Candace, Ivan Ellis as ROYALE-T

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