US family tearjerker This Is Us has been renewed for a massive three seasons while the expected axe has fallen on hip-hop soap Empire.

The hugely popular Pearson family saga stars the likes of Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K Brown andChrissy Metz - season 3 is currently running on RTÉ One on Thursdays - has been greenlit for seasons 4-6.

The renewal was on the cards, as the show is one of the most popular scripted show in the USA and enjoys a huge international fanbase, but getting the nod for three seasons is a spectacular achievement.

Each upcoming season will consist of 18 episodes and no decision has been announced about whether Season 6 will be the show’s last.

Meanwhile, Fox has announced that the next season of Empire will be its last.

Jussie Smollett

During a conference conference call with the media, Fox CEO Charlie Collier elaborated on the decision to end the drama starring Taraji P Henson and Terrence Howard.

The show's future had been in doubt ever since cast member Jussie Smollett allegedly staged an assault against himself. Chicago police subsequently dropped charges against the actor.