Fox Sets Empire’s Return for Sept. 23

Network announces its fall premieres, including Scream Queens

Fox won't be wasting any time this fall, debuting its hottest show, Empire, on Sept. 23—the thick of premiere week.

The network said last month that Empire—which debuted in January—would be moving from midseason to the fall. It became official today when the company announced its fall premiere dates for the 2015-16 season.

Empire was a surprise hit when it arrived in midseason, and now the network hopes the show will provide a big lift to its fall schedule, and help prevent it from finishing No. 4 next season in adults 18-49.

Most of the Fox's shows will launch in the days after it airs the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (hosted by Andy Samberg) on Sept. 20.

In addition to Empire, Fox will be throwing serious marketing heft this fall behind Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, which will have a two-hour series premiere on Sept. 22. The network's two anticipated new comedies, John Stamos' Grandfathered and Rob Lowe's The Grinder, arrive a week later, on Sept. 29.

Fox has two other new series debuting this fall: Minority Report, based on the 2002 Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg film, arrives Monday, Sept. 21, after Gotham. Drama Rosewood will air on Sept. 23, right before Empire's return.

The network's fall premieres, by day:

  • Sunday: On Sept. 27, a week after the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox will roll out the premieres of Bob's Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy and The Last Man on Earth.
  • Monday: Gotham is back for Season 2 on Sept. 21, followed by new drama Minority Report.
  • Tuesday: Scream Queens will make its debut with a two-hour series premiere on Sept. 22. New comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder arrive a week later, on Sept. 29.
  • Wednesday: Empire is back on Sept. 23, airing after the series debut of drama Rosewood.
  • Thursday: Bones and the relocated Sleepy Hollow will premiere on Oct. 1.
  • Friday: Fox is saving MasterChef Junior and World's Funniest for Nov. 6.