Fox isn’t interested in staying in the Empire game, it seems.
The network isn’t moving forward in a spinoff of its one-time flagship program, Empire. The spinoff would focus on Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon.
Multiple trade publications. state that Disney TV’s 20th Television (remember that Disney now owns the former 20th Century Fox Television, but does not have a hand in Fox the network) and Imagine Television are shopping it to Disney outlets ABC and Hulu.
As Deadline states, “The mothership series, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, ran on Fox for six seasons. A spinoff of such a successful series comes with a high price tag, which is hard for a broadcast network to cover, especially when it is not affiliated with the studio as is the case with Fox and 20th TV, which became separated by the Disney-Fox acquisition toward the end of Empire‘s run.”
‘While Fox brass felt this was not the right show for the network at this time, they are committed to staying in business with the creative collaborators of Empire and the proposed spinoff,” the report continues. ‘The network recently opened a writers room for drama Our Kind of People, from Lee, Karen Gist and 20th TV, with an eye to a series order that appears likely.”
Both Henson and Strong have deals at 20th Television and have other projects in development.