The break begins Nov. 8 as the show’s writers begin work on the final eight episodes of the season.
Empire is pressing the pause button.
The hip-hop drama is set to take a production hiatus to plot the back-half of its current fourth season.
The break will begin tomorrow, Nov. 8, once filming has completed on episode 409, and is expected to last somewhere between two and three weeks. The hiatus is expected to give the writers time to catch up and plot out the eight remaining episodes of the season, beginning with episode 410.
The break would not impact the show’s on-air schedule, as Empire normally takes a several-month-long break in the middle of the TV season following the fall finale, which is expected to air sometime in December.
This is old practice for the 20th Century Fox Television drama, which has instituted a similar break on every other season of the heavily serialized drama, starring Taraji. P. Henson and Terrence Howard.
While ratings have dipped from the show’s breakout first season, Empire continues to rank as the network’s top drama. This current season is also Empire‘s first airing an hour earlier, at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays where it serves as a lead-in to Lee Daniels’ other music drama Star.
Daniels co-created Empire with Danny Strong and the two exec produce with showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri and Robert Munic.