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‘Empire’ Boss Reflects on Season 2 “Frenzy,” Previews “More Thoughtful” Return

"It's completely different rules this year," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR.

‘Empire’ Boss Talks Finale Death, Jamal’s Fate and ‘Godfather’-Inspired Season 3

"I would venture that it sure sounded like someone went over," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR about the deadly cliffhanger.

‘Empire’ Boss Explains Surprise Death: “It Was Time to Say Goodbye”

Wednesday's episode saw the demise of not one, but two fan-favorite recurring players.

‘Empire’ Boss on Lyon Family’s “Huge Loss,” Cookie’s Confession and Lucious’ Test for Hakeem

"There are some strange, surprising alliances that come," Kaitlin Doubleday tells THR about how the loss of Rhonda's unborn baby will impact the characters going forward.

‘Empire’ Showrunner Teases Midseason Return: “Hakeem Has to Make a Choice”

Showrunner Ilene Chaiken also previews "a big, big reveal coming for Andre in the latter half of the season."

‘Empire’ Boss Breaks Down Fall Finale: Lucious Is “Pushed to the Edge”

"Losing his company is possibly the worst thing that could happen to Lucious Lyon," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR of the CEO's shocking ouster.

‘Empire’ Boss on Lucious’ “Unlikely Alliance,” That Almost Three-Way and Cookie’s “Special Bond”

"He wants to be the sun, the moon, the stars and whatever else is left in the universe needs to revolve around him," showrunner Ilene Chaiken told THR about Lucious' quest for dominance.

‘Empire’ Boss on Cookie’s “Heartbreak,” Jamal’s “Burden” and Anika’s “Obsession”

"It's very, very painful for Cookie to be estranged. He's been her everything," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR about that pivotal scene between Cookie and Jamal in the season premiere.

‘Empire’: Meet the Writers Behind Broadcast’s Biggest Hit

The backstories on the 15 voices who drive Fox's hip-hop soap.

‘Empire’ Showrunner Previews Season 2’s “Shifting of Alliances” and “Ethical Dilemmas”

"The best is yet to come," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells THR about the second season of the hit hip-hop drama.

‘Empire’ Showrunner: How a Petite, White Lesbian Became the Boss of a Hip-Hop Drama (Guest Column)

Ilene Chaiken, a veteran of 'The L Word' whose musical taste is more Joni Mitchell than Schoolboy Q, was picked by Lee Daniels to run Fox's hit show. She shares her story with THR.

23 Top Showrunners on How They’d End ‘Mad Men,’ Utilize Cookie Lyon and Revive their Favorite Characters

The brains behind TV's biggest shows tackle Hollywood's hot-button topics with funny, revealing and sometimes prickly observations about life behind the camera.