LOS ANGELES – “Empire” has booked what could be its biggest musical guest star to date.
FOX announced Monday that Mariah Carey has officially been recruited to guest star in an October episode of the network hit.
Carey will play a character named Kitty, “a mega-superstar who comes to ‘Empire’ to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on an explosive new song,” according to a press release from FOX.
The casting comes about one year after executive producer Lee Daniels first publicly said he hoped to have Carey appear on the show, which stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.
In its first two seasons “Empire” has made it a habit of pulling in big names in music to play guest characters. Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Xzibit have all appeared. Pitbull, Timbaland and Ne-Yo have also appeared as themselves.
“Empire” season 3 premieres Sept. 21 right here on FOX 5.
In other guest star news from FOX announced on Monday during its day at the Television Critics Association press tour: Amy Schumer will lend her voice to all of the network’s animated shows on Sept. 25.
FOX also announced a “New Girl”/”Brooklyn Nine-Nine” crossover and the first-ever one-hour “Simpsons” episode.
And Twentieth Century Fox TV touted a new deal struck with “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail. He will establish a production company under the company’s umbrella and develop TV projects for both broadcast and cable.
Kail recently helmed FOX’s “Grease: Live” and won a Tony for his work on “Hamilton.”