The cast of Fox's Empire, (l to r) Taraji P. Henson, Terrance Howard, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (128534)
EMPIRE: Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox (163370)

Cookie and Luscious Lyon are back as Fox’s highly-rated drama “Empire” returns for its second season.

Reports indicate that the show, created and written by filmmaker Lee Daniels, is sure to please as members of the Lyon family struggle for control of their business.

The first season ended with Luscious, played by Terrence Howard, going to jail over the murder of Bunkie, his childhood friend. The series will pick up three months after the shocking arrest and incarceration of Lucious. Cookie, played by Emmy-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, and her allies within the Lyon family make a desperate attempt to seize control of the company. But as the Lyons continue to battle each other, a bigger external threat emerges that could force them to unite.

This season will not disappoint in terms of guest stars. Chris Rock, Vivica A. Fox, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey and even Rev. Al Sharpton are expected to make appearances.

Starting out with just nine million viewers for its pilot in January, “Empire’s” ratings rose every week gaining over 16 million viewers by March. Over 70 percent of African-American women between the ages of 18 and 49 who were watching TV watched the show on March 11.

The show beat out popular Black primetime television shows including ABC’s Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder along with VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Hollywood and Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.