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Lucious and Cookie continue to clash on ‘Empire’ spring premiere

March 17, 2017 GMT

While it doesn’t seem possible, things have turned even uglier between Cookie and Lucious Lyon as “Empire” returns for its spring premiere, airing at 9 p.m., Wednesday on Fox.

In an all-new episode titled “Sound & Fury,” Luscious (Terrence Howard), after launching a “deadly missile” at Cookie’s hot and highly successful new man, local politician Angelo DuBois (Taye Diggs), announces his new music project, Inferno, and put everyone on notice — especially Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who then vows to knock him off his throne for good.

Meanwhile, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) befriends musician Tory Ash (guest star Rumer Willis) during his stay in rehab, Andre (Trai Byers) continues with his plan to take over Emipre, and Hakeem (Philly native Bryshere Y. Gray) and Tiana (Serayah) battle Nessa (Sierra A. McClain) for a spot in the music showcase.

Renewed by Fox for a fourth season, “Empire,” according to the network, ranks as the number-one broadcast drama among adults 18-49 for the third consecutive season and is the number-one broadcast entertainment program among adults 18-34, teens and young women.

The glitzy breakout drama by Philly native Lee Daniels has garnered multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. It was the only broadcast series to earn a 2016 Golden Globe Award nomination in the category of Best Television Series — Drama, and Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama.

In addition, Henson has received back-to-back Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. “Empire” also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, and recently received seven NAACP Image Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.