Entertainment roundup: Network plans binge-watching for ‘Empire’

NEW YORK — Fans of “Empire” will be able to binge-watch each episode of the drama’s current season prior to the season finale on May 18 as part of an unusual syndication deal between Fox and the TV One network announced on Thursday.

The cable network that targets black viewers will also air reruns of the music business drama this summer, and present another binge-watching marathon of episodes prior to the beginning of the third season next fall. (All the episodes already are available for streaming on Hulu.)

The deal involving a program that has been on the air for only 15 months illustrates how television’s syndication market is changing. It’s also a big play for attention for TV One, a network available in roughly half of the nation’s television homes that previously trafficked in old sitcoms like “Sanford & Son” and “Good Times.”

“Our audience is going to really devour the show,” said Brad Siegel, TV One president.

Singer Kelly Clarkson gives birth to a baby boy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pop singer Kelly Clarkson has announced the birth of her second child, a boy named Remington Alexander Blackstock.

Clarkson, a former “American Idol” star, posted Thursday on her Twitter account that the baby was born Tuesday “& he is healthy & we couldn’t be happier or more in love.” A record label representative for Clarkson confirmed the information.

The 33-year-old Grammy-winning singer and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, also have a daughter, River Rose, who was born in 2014.

Clarkson is known for hits like “Stronger” and “Since U Been Gone.”

Cavs playoffs could bump Bieber show in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and the Cavs may have a conflict with the Biebs.

If Cleveland’s opening-round NBA playoff series against Detroit goes to five games, the April 26 game would bump a show planned by pop singer Justin Bieber at Quicken Loans Arena.

A sweep by the top-seeded Cavaliers over the eighth-seeded Pistons in the best-of-7 series would avoid any potential problem. However, Detroit beat Cleveland twice during the regular season so winning a game would be no surprise.

The Cavs are working with tour organizers on a contingency plan with new dates for the Bieber show in case the events overlap. Cleveland is one stop on Bieber’s Purpose World Tour.

A big sports fan, Bieber attended James’ first game back in Cleveland in 2014 after he re-signed with the Cavaliers following four years in Miami.

Cleveland will host Detroit in Game 1 of the series on Sunday.

Fox confirms ‘Deadpool’ sequel, previews ‘Birth of a Nation’

LAS VEGAS — 20th Century Fox executives confirmed Thursday at CinemaCon that a sequel to “Deadpool” is in the works with star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller.

The first film came out earlier this year and was a massive hit for the studio, grossing over $757 million worldwide on a production budget of only $58 million.

The studio rolled out new trailers for “X-Men: Apocalypse,” focusing heavily on Jennifer Lawrence’s character Raven, and “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Returning stars Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox were on site to tease the new film, which takes place 20 years after the first.

Both arrive in theaters this summer.

Later, audiences got an early look at a new trailer for Sundance breakout “The Birth of a Nation” with director and star Nate Parker.

Lady Antebellum to sing anthem at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs says the country trio Lady Antebellum will sing the national anthem at the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

The performance will be broadcast live from the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle at the Louisville, Kentucky, racetrack right before the historic race May 7. The performance will kick off a summer tour for the Grammy Award-winning group.

Lady Antebellum will be the eighth performer to sing The Star-Spangled Banner before the race since the track started the tradition in 2009.

Tambor’s book of personal essays coming in 2017

NEW YORK — Jeffrey Tambor, the award-winning actor whose career has ranged from “The Larry Sanders Show” to “Transparent,” is working on a book of autobiographical essays.

Crown Archetype told The Associated Press on Thursday that it would publish Tambor’s “Are You Anybody” in spring 2017. Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced that Tambor would share “introspective, humorous stories” and how he survived his childhood and his father’s motto, “Don’t celebrate, they’ll take it away from you.”

Tambor, 71, won a Golden Globe and Emmy for his role as Maura Pfefferman on “Transparent.” He’s also known for “Arrested Development” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

In a statement Tambor said his stories would be funny and serious, “awkward” and “inspired.” He said: “All will, I think, be hopeful and instructive.”

Diana Ross complains of head, neck pain in limo crash

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Police say Diana Ross was injured when an SUV ran a stop sign and crashed into a limo taking her to a performance in Pennsylvania.

Bethlehem police say the 72-year-old singer complained of head and neck pain after the crash on Wednesday afternoon. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and indicated she would seek further treatment on her own.

No one else was hurt. The Lincoln Town Car she was in was towed.

The former member of the Supremes performed as scheduled at the Sands casino complex in Bethlehem later Wednesday.

Police said Thursday that the SUV driver, a 22-year-old New Jersey woman, received a traffic citation.

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In this image released by Fox, Taraji P. Henson appears as Cookie Lyon in a scene from “Empire.” Fans of “Empire” will be able to binge-watch each episode of the drama’s current season prior to the season finale on May 18 as part of an unusual syndication deal between Fox and the TV One network announced Thursday
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/04/web1_109781360-8251e9b6b773452093ce58f45fa9a3ce.jpgIn this image released by Fox, Taraji P. Henson appears as Cookie Lyon in a scene from “Empire.” Fans of “Empire” will be able to binge-watch each episode of the drama’s current season prior to the season finale on May 18 as part of an unusual syndication deal between Fox and the TV One network announced Thursday Chuck Hodes | FOX via AP