The cabler has cut an off-network licensing deal for the top-rated drama series with Fox’s Twentieth TV arm. TV One will carry a marathon of the show’s second season leading up to its finale on Fox next month. Episodes from the first and second seasons will air weekly starting in the summer on the cabler that targets African-American audiences.
Fox previously set an SVOD licensing deal for “Empire” with Hulu.
“We are ecstatic to partner with 20th Television and Imagine in showcasing one of the biggest hits in television history,” said TV One president Brad Siegel. “ ‘Empire’ dominates the media landscape with a first-rate cast, original music content, engaging plots and celebrity guests. TV One is proud to be the exclusive cable network home for the series as it represents our brand promise to defy expectations.”
Empire hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine Television. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong co-created the series and exec produce with showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri.