'Empire' Back for 16 episodes and a split season

When 'Empire' returns in the fall it be beginning the first of two 8 episode halves of season 2.

The show was the surprise hit this season, the biggest network performer in 20 years in terms of show growth. There was speculation whether FOX would move the shows to Thursdays where advertisers pay the most, but FOX CEO and chaiman Gery Newman told reporters "We’d be crazy to move it.. We want to thank and reward our fans by keeping it in that time period The stories we’ve heard already for season 2 will blow away the audience.”

Another change for season 2 is Ne-Yo will join Timberland in writing the songs for the show.