'Empire' season 3b update, release date
Cast member Terrence Howard poses at a special event for the television series "Empire" in Los Angeles, US, May 20, 2016. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Good news for “Empire” fans as Fox renews the flagship drama to telecast a fourth season. An early renewal announcement has been made of the show, which reportedly ranks number one in US TV drama and has a massive outreach of adults in the 18-49 demographic. TV stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson are expected to return for “Empire” season 4, scheduled to premiere on March 22 on Fox channel.

The announcement was made at the 2017 Television Critics Association winter press tour. The studio further plans to bring back the classic relationship show, “Love Connection,” and will be hosted by Andy Cohen. Additionally, a new Mark Burnett game show is also on the list, which will be based on the Shazam music app.

“Empire” has over time proved to a critical hit with multiple Emmy Awards to its name. It is also Fox’s largest total multiplatform traffic magnet with an average of 16 million total viewers for the 2016-17 broadcast session, according to a Deadline report.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Empire” season 4 will consist of 18 episodes, much like the previous two seasons. The show is currently under a three-month pause, as music drama “Star” has taken over the time slot, which prevents “Empire” from returning until March.

The THR further reports that NBC’s debut family drama, “This Is Us” could prove to be a competition for the show. “Empire’s” ratings fell to a 2.5 low during the early phase of the last season before making a rebound in the final episodes.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that “Empire” had its fair share of celebrity appearances like Mariah Carey appearing as a guest star and stars like Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad had recurring appearances on the series. It has also been speculated that Rumer Willis will show up in multiple episodes of “Empire” season 4.

Watch “Empire” in Australia on Fox8 channel. The show can also be streamed online on Channel Ten.