FOX has renewed three of its hit shows for new seasons: Empire, Gotham and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
This will be Empire‘s second season. The renewal follows the airing of only two episodes. It’s the only new show this season to grow in the ratings from the first episode to the second. It was created by Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious), Danny Strong (Game Change, The Butler) and producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 24). The series follows “a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power.” It features music by Timbaland and stars Terrence Howard (Crash), Taraji P. Henson (No Good Deed), Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Bryshere Gray and Grace Gealey. Guest stars include Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Courtney Love (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Derek Luke (The Americans) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club).
This will also be Gotham‘s second season. It’s the #1 drama in the Men 18-49 and Men 18-34 demographics. The pilot premiere beat The Blacklist and Scorpion and gave FOX its highest-rated fall debut in 14 years. It’s an origin story for several DC comics villains and vigilantes. It was created by executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and stars Ben McKenzie (Southland), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), Jada Pinkett Smith (Hawthorne) and Robin Lord Taylor.
This will be the third season for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s up +17% in the ratings compared to last season and getting the largest year-to-year gains of any show in its second season. It was created by Dan Goor (Parks and Recreation) and Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation). It stars Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.