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TV One Snags Off-Network Rights to ‘Empire’

Marathon of Current Season to Air in May

Cable net TV One, which is targeted to African American viewers, has signed a deal with Twentieth Television for the encore airings of Fox drama “Empire.” The series will bow on TV One in May with a marathon of the current second season leading up to the season-finale. Episodes from both the first and second seasons of the series will begin airing on TV One on a weekly basis this summer. Thirty episodes will have been produced by season end on May 18.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, the series was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and is executive produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. Fox previously set an SVOD licensing deal for “Empire” with Hulu.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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