Lena Waithe’s drama series, The Chi, has been renewed by Showtime for Season 2, after the premiere of just a few episodes.
Ratings for the show have climbed with each episode, seeing a 41 percent increase since its premiere. It also ranks as the best new Showtime series since Billions in 2016.
“From viewers and critics alike, the response to The Chi has been so enthusiastic from the very start that our decision to renew the series was an easy one. We love the vibrant characters and the nuanced world that Lena has created. Her vision for The Chi has clearly struck a chord, and we know she has many more moving, personal and resonant stories to tell about her beloved hometown,” Showtime’s programming president Gary Levine said in a statement.
The series is created and executive produced by Waithe alongside rapper/actor Common, Elwood Reid, and Aaron Kaplan, who are also executive producers. Rick Famuyiwa serves as the series’s director, as well as executive producer.
The Chi “explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.” It follows the lives of Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie and Kevin, after a fateful turn of events sends shockwaves through a community.
It stars Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Armando Riesco and Tiffany Boone; and airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.