TV One just announced that it has acquired the rights to air the Fox TV blockbuster hit “Empire” throughout the summer of 2016, and it all starts Thursday night June 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Beginning with the series premiere through the season 2 finale, Thursday nights are set up for appointment TV viewing.
Three episodes will air in succession from 8-11 p.m. ET. That might even satisfy the most enthusiastic fans of the Lyon Dynasty presided over by Lucious and Cookie Lyon. “Empire” has combined the excitement of a weekly drama filled with intrigue and surprises with original music that earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
“Empire” became the most-nominated TV series this past season and was named a Top 10 Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute. It was the only broadcast network series to earn a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Television Series and star Taraji P. Henson took a statue home as the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress is a Television Series Drama.
Set in the glamorous and cutthroat world of the recording industry, “Empire” is the story of the Lyon family and its saga from street hustlers to penthouse corporate moguls. Along the way, Cookie Lyon, former wife of Lucious and the mother of his three sons, did a stretch in a penitentiary to allow her husband to build the business that became Empire Records.
She lost years of time with her children and upon her release, had to fight for what she believed was hers, while regaining the trust and love of Andre, Jamal and Hakeem. All three of the young Lyons take turns being at odds with Lucious, while Cookie does her best to keep a sense of family first and foremost in their minds.
From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, the series was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner 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.
TV One begins its weekly three-hour block of “Empire” Thursday June 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Image credit: Fox TV, TV One, used with permssion