Starz is showing major confidence in Power Book II: Ghost as the Power spinoff has already gotten a season 2 renewal at the premium cabler. It is the most-watched new series in Starz history.

The show is one of four planned spinoffs of the hit Starz drama from Courtney Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

The series stars Mary J. Blige and Method Man, as well as returning stars Michael Rainey Jr. and Naturi Naughton. Also returning from the flagship series are  Shane Johnson, Gianni Paolo and Quincy Tyler Bernstine. New cast members include Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Melanie Liburd, Justin McManus, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray andLaToya Tonodeo.

“The success of Ghost right out of the gate is a tribute to the quality of Courtney’s storytelling, the strength of the Power franchise and the loyalty of our incredible fans,” said Starz Programming president Christina Davis in a statement. “What Courtney, Curtis and their team have accomplished in creating the Power universe is nothing short of extraordinary. It is a privilege to be able to continue the journey of Power with the audience and we look forward to delving deeper into this world in exciting new ways for many seasons to come.”

“I am incredibly humbled by and grateful for the response from our Power fans — the best fans in the world, period,” said Kemp. “To have our fans return — and bring new viewers to the first spinoff in the Power Universe — is a dream come true. Back in 2012, 50, Mark [Canton] and I were warned that a premium series with leads of color would never work for a global audience. But we’ve proven everyone wrong — and thanks to Starzplay, we have fans in the UK, France, Mexico, Brazil and beyond, all plugging into the Power Universe. In the second season, Tariq’s journey with the Tejada family will get even more complicated — and more dangerous — as he begins to understand the man he’s going to become.”

Jackson said, “When I had the idea to create the Power universe I knew there were going to be many levels to its success, I am glad the fans agree. I am looking forward to releasing Power Book III: Raising Kanan and Power Book IV: Force soon.”

The show will have its mideseason finale on Oct. 4 before returning later this year.


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