NEW YORK – APRIL 15, 2016 – On Wednesday, April 13, the eve of TV One’s Annual Upfront Presentation, President Brad Siegel announced the acquisition of blockbuster drama EMPIRE. Starring Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, television’s award-winning and most nominated series about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife battle for his throne, will make its TV One debut this spring. Following FOX’s second season finale in May, TV One will also add EMPIRE to its summer programming line-up.
“We are ecstatic to partner with 20th Television and Imagine in showcasing one of the biggest hits in television history,” said 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.”
With 35 nominations, EMPIRE is the most-nominated television series this season and recently named a Top 10 Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute. It was the only broadcast series to earn a Golden Globe Award nomination this year in the category of Best Television Series – Drama. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. The series also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
EMPIRE stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Serayah McNeill. In addition to the regular cast, the series has featured guest appearances by a wide range of talented performers, including Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Vivica A. Fox, Rosie O’Donnell and Andre Royo.