Ilene Chaiken

Ilene Chaiken

*Appearing on Variety’s podcast Remote Controlled, “Empire” showrunner and executive producer Ilene Chaiken spoke more about rumored reports (largely sparked by creator Lee Daniels) that a spinoff of the drama is in the works.

“There is certainly a possibility and there are various conversations ongoing about what that spinoff might be — you might hear about something in the very near future,” Chaiken told host Elizabeth Wagmeister.

Asked about the potential plot, she said, “What I will tease is there’s a story we’re telling in the second half of the season that promises a spinoff. It’s not character-based, but it gives us a world for a spinoff, and that’s one possibility…Stay tuned.”

“Empire” kicked off the back-half of its third season this week with nearly 8 million viewers tuning in overnight.