EMPIRE Preview and Teasers: What’s Next for Season 2?

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EMPIRE returned for its second season last night with quite a few power plays. We saw that Cookie, Andre, Hakeem and Anika were working together to oust Lucious, who had spent the last three months in prison. But when Jamal found out what his mother and brothers were doing, he turned on them and allied himself with his father.

So what’s to come in the early episodes of season 2? According to the preview below, Cookie and her allies will attempt to start their own company and Hakeem will leak his own album. Check out some spoilers below from the next three episodes as well.

Episode 2.02 (September 30): “Cookie and her cohorts decide to start their own small record label, but it’s off to a bumpy start as everyone has different visions for the new label. As his first project for the new company, Hakeem decides to form a girl group and woos a hot Latina lead singer (guest star Becky G.), proving that he can be more than just an artist. Meanwhile, Lucious, feeling extra pressure from a bloodthirsty prosecutor, hires a new lawyer (guest star Andre Royo) and records an epic track from inside jail. In Lucious’ absence, Jamal neglects his music and makes business moves that further his journey toward becoming every bit as ruthless as his father.”

Episode 2.03 (October 7): “Anika secretly work together behind Lucious’ back to pull off a surprise performance that catches the eye of Pitbull (guest-starring as himself). Meanwhile, Lucious tracks down Frank Gathers’ daughter, Young Ma (guest star Bre-Z Murray), to try to convince her to sign with him at Empire, while Hakeem is hard at work on his girl group, Ménage a Trois. Also, Andre and Rhonda hope their baby-on-the-way will be the key that unlocks Lucious’ cold heart and opens the door for Andre to return to the Empire.”

Empire 2.04 (October 14): “The Lyons are still split into warring factions, but they all decide to shoot a music video that will capitalize on Hakeem and Jamal’s duet from Hakeem’s leaked album, a collaboration that will benefit both companies. Meanwhile, Lucious trades his real handcuffs for virtual ones. However, knowing he can’t fully control his company with a federal murder case hanging over his head, he sets out to find Vernon and make him permanently disappear.”

EMPIRE airs on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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