'Empire': 'The Cosby Show' Star Phylicia Rashad to Recur in Season 3

Phylicia Rashad

The former Cosby Show star would have her first series regular role since 2000 should NBC's Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde drama pilot Do No Harm earn a series pickup. In the project, which stars Steven Pasquale as a neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego, Rashad will play the chief of surgery and the dangerous doc's boss.

Fox's Empire is adding a familiar face to the mix for season three.

Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) has joined the hip-hop drama's third season in a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Emmy winner will play Diana Dubois, a powerhouse from one of New York's oldest and most prominent African-American families. As the mother of ambitious city councilman Angelo Dubois (season-three guest star Taye Diggs), she has her sights set on higher office for her only son and she'll stop at nothing to help him get to the top. Diana's interactions with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and the rest of the Lyon clan will lay bare the stark class divides that can exist, even within the black community.

In addition to Diggs, Rashad also joins fellow series newcomers Mariah Carey, rapper French Montana, singer Sierra McClain, singer Kid Cudi, rapper Birdman and rapper Xzibit, who made his debut in the season-two finale and will return in a series-regular capacity. 

In addition to her two-time Emmy-winning role on The Cosby Show as Claire Huxtable, Rashad's recent credits include Creed, Psych and Lifetime's 2012 Steel Magnolias remake. 

Empire is set to return for season three on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.