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‘Empire’ series comes to abrupt end due to pandemic

The show — which launched in 2015 — focuses on the fictional hip-hop music label Empire Entertainment and its founders the Lyon family and became a ratings hit for U.S. broadcaster FOX.

A possible spin-off featuring Henson’s character, Cookie Lyon, is reportedly in the early stages of development.

Plans for the final series had already been altered after Jussie Smollett, who played Jamal Lyon, abruptly left the show after facing indictment for allegedly staging a fake hate crime attack and filing false police reports.

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