Fox has confirmed Empire and Star will begin their upcoming seasons with characters crossing over from both shows. Empire season four is set to premiere on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 8pm followed by Star‘s season two premiere at 9pm. According to the network, Star‘s Queen Latifah will appear on Empire, and Empire‘s Jussie Smollett will appear on Star‘s season premiere.
Per Fox: “On an epic night of music and drama, Carlotta (Queen Latifah) comes face-to-face with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett). […]On the brink of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary, Lucious is making his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, while all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore), have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties. Then, on Star, the girls – with Carlotta as their manager – continue to face roadblocks, despite their victory at Atlanta NextFest.”
Both shows come from executive producer Lee Daniels. Empire is also executive produced by Danny Strong, Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. Star is executive produced by Daniels, Tom Donaghy, Pamela Oas Williams, and showrunner Karin Gist.