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Fox sets premiere dates for 'Empire,' 'American Idol'

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Fox will kick off the new year with the debut of its midseason drama Empire and the return of American Idol.

American Idol will return with a two-night, three-hour event beginning Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET and continuing Thursday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

Following Idol on Wednesday at 9 p.m. will be the debut of Lee Daniels’ new drama Empire. The family drama with a hip-hop backdrops stars Terrence Howard as a music superstar with plans to take his company public.