Power (TV series)
American drama television series
Not to be confused with The Power (TV series), Powers (American TV series), Powers (British TV series), or Power series.
Power is an American crimedrama television series created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp in collaboration with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. It aired on the Starz network from June 7, 2014, to February 9, 2020.
Upon release, Power gained positive reviews for its pacing, atmosphere, and acting.[irrelevant citation][irrelevant citation] It is one of Starz's most highly rated shows and one of cable's most watched shows. Prior to the premiere of the fifth season, Starz renewed the show for a sixth and final season, which premiered on August 25, 2019.
Power tells the story of James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), an intelligent, ruthless drug dealer who has the alias of "Ghost". He wishes to leave the criminal world to pursue legitimate business interests as a nightclub owner. St. Patrick aims to balance those two lives, while also avoiding police capture, trying to navigate his crumbling marriage and manage shifting economic alliances.
The show also features James' family, which partly consists of his wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.). Power also follows James' criminal partner and best friend Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), love interest and criminal prosecutor Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), friend-turned-rival Kanan Stark (50 Cent), protege and rival Andre Coleman (Rotimi Akinosho), and Angela's colleague, Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson). Defense attorney Joe Proctor (Jerry Ferrara), district attorney John Mak (Sung Kang), and politician Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) also appear in the show's later seasons.
Main article: List of Power episodes
Cast and characters
- Omari Hardwick as James "Ghost" St. Patrick , a high-level drug distributor and nightclub owner. He is married to Tasha, is the father of Tariq, Raina, and Yasmine St. Patrick, and is also romantically involved with AUSA Angela Valdez.
- Joseph Sikora as Thomas "Tommy" Egan, Ghost's partner, best friend, and the godfather to his children. Egan is seen as an honorary member of his family.
- Lela Loren as Angela Valdes, an Assistant United States Attorney tasked with prosecuting Ghost. She went to the same high school as St. Patrick and Egan. She is St. Patrick's love interest and mistress.
- Naturi Naughton as Tasha St. Patrick, Ghost's wife and criminal accomplice. She has romantic affairs with Kanan's son Shawn and attorney Terry Silver. She is also Q's new love interest.
- Curtis Jackson as Kanan Stark, a fellow drug dealer and Ghost's and Tommy's former mentor-turned rival. Prior to the events of the series, he was set up by Ghost and Tasha to go to prison for ten years.
- Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq James St. Patrick, Tasha and James's son. An honor student, he has a strained relationship with James/Ghost because of his marriage-ending relationship with Angela and lying about being involved in the drug game and being mentored by Kanan. Tariq has two sisters: a twin, Raina St. Patrick, who is later murdered by a crooked police officer, named Raymond "Ray Ray" Jones, when Tariq was involved in pulling home invasion robberies with Kanan and Ray Ray; and a younger sister, Yasmine St. Patrick.
- La La Anthony as Lakeisha Grant, Tasha's friend and criminal accomplice. She is a hairstylist and business owner. She becomes Tommy's love interest in the later seasons.
- Rotimi Akinosho as Andre "Dre" Coleman, a low-profile and ambitious drug dealer. He works with both Ghost and Kanan and eventually becomes a major player under Alicia Jiménez.
- Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe, a fellow attorney and Angela's colleague also assigned to the Ghost case.
- Jerry Ferrara as Joseph "Joe" Proctor, a criminal attorney who frequently represents Ghost and Tommy.
- Sinqua Walls as Shawn Stark, Kanan’s son who is also the personal chauffeur and loyal bodyguard of Ghost. But he starts an affair with Tasha.
- Sung Kang as John Mak, an Assistant U.S. attorney who leads the case in the murder of FBI agent Greg Knox.
- Larenz Tate as Rashad Tate, a New York City councilman who is running for governor of New York. Tate uses James for PR for his campaign, as St. Patrick is viewed as an inspiration to potential urban voters. Tate is a former police officer and frequently participates in corruption.
- J.R. Ramirez as Julio Moreno, Ghost and Tommy's right-hand man and a former Toros Locos gang member.
- Matt Cedeno as Diego "Cristobal" Martinez, Dre's best friend and a head of the Hermanos Tainos.
- William Sadler as Anthony "Tony" Teresi, an incarcerated Italian-American gangster and caporegime in the Mosconi crime family.
- Lucy Walters as Holly, a petty criminal and waitress at Truth and the love interest to Tommy.
- Andy Bean as Gregory "Greg" Knox, an FBI agent assigned to the Ghost/Lobos case and Angela's former love interest.
- David Fumero as Miguel "Mike" Sandoval, a corrupt FBI Assistant U.S. Attorney.
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Ramona Garrity, a political strategist for the DNC.
- Michael J. Ferguson as Francis "2-Bit" Johnson. Former accomplice of Dre/Kanan who runs with Tommy now
- Mike Dopud as Jason Micic, Tommy's Serbian connect.
- Evan Handler as Jacob Warner
- Elizabeth Rodriguez as Paz Valdes, Angela's sister who maintains a dislike for James.
- Donshea Hopkins as Raina St. Patrick, James and Tasha's eldest daughter and twin sister to Tariq.
- Enrique Murciano as Felipe Lobos, an international drug supplier who works with Ghost and Tommy.
- Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Tameika Robinson, the leader of the United States Department of Justice.
- Victor Garber as Simon Stern, a rival nightclub owner.
- Ana de la Reguera as Alicia Jiménez, Diego's sister and one of the leaders of the Jiménez cartel.
- Patricia Kalember as Kate Egan, Tommy's mother.
- Bill Sage as Sammy, an Irish gangster who works with Tommy.
- Anika Noni Rose as Laverne "Jukebox" Ganner, a dirty cop and Kanan's cousin.
- Maurice Compte as Diego Jiménez, a rival drug supplier and one of the leaders of the Jiménez cartel.
- Avery Mason as Black "BG" Grimace, Tommy's right-hand man and valet.
- Amaya Carr as Yasmine St. Patrick, James and Tasha's daughter and sister to Tariq.
- Debbi Morgan as Estelle, Tasha's mother.
- Denim Roberson as Cash Grant, LaKeisha's son.
- Ty Jones as SAC Jerry Donovan, an FBI agent working on the Lobos and Jimenez cases.
- Mattea Conforti as Elisa Marie Proctor, Joey's daughter.
- Aleksandar Popovic as Petar, a member of the Serbian organization who worked with Tommy.
- Andrea-Rachel Parker as Destiny, Tariq's ex fling.
- Tyrone Marshall Brown as Quinton "Q" Wallace, Tasha's new love interest.
- Joseph Perrino as Vincent Ragni, a member of the mob, Tommy and Tony conflicted with.
- Franky G as Poncho, the new primera for the Soldados Family, after Ruiz.
- Gianni Paolo as Brayden Weston, Tariq's best friend and business partner.
- Alix Lapri as Effie, Tariq's new love interest.
- Omar Scroggins as Spottswood "Spanky" Richards, a childhood friend of Dre's and 2Bit's, who later works under Dre and Tommy.
- Glynn Turman as Gabriel, Ghost's uncle.
- Charlie Murphy as Marshal Clyde Williams, a violent guard in Ghost's cell block.
- Jim Norton as Father Callahan, a priest who sells drugs for Tommy.
- Lee Tergesen as Bailey Markham, a Homeland Security agent and Greg Knox's friend.
- Sonya Walger as Madeline Stern, Simon's wife.
- C. S. Lee as Jae Shin, Korean crime boss.
- Johnathan Park as Dylan, Jae Shin's son.
- Richard Ryker as Steve Tampio, a DEA agent Angela deals with.
- Ian Paola as Uriel Diaz, leader of the Toros Locos.
- Victor Almanzar as Arturo Magdaleno, Dre and Cristobal's right-hand man and a new leader of the Toros Locos.
- Darrell Britt-Gibson as Rolla, a close friend of Ghost's and leader of the RSK's.
- Danielle Thorpe as Lindsay Proctor, Joey's junkie ex-wife.
- Mercedes Ruehl as Connie Teresi, Tony's wife.
- Domenick Lombardozzi as Benny Civello, a member of the Civello crime family and Joey Proctor's cousin.
- Michael Gaston as Judge Tapper, the judge on Ghost's case.
- Sheena Sakai as Soo, Julio's girlfriend.
- Maria Rivera as Maria Suarez, a witness Ghost spared.
- Vinicius Zorin-Machado as Nomar Arcielo, a Soldado turned informant for Angela.
- Leslie Lopez as "Pink Sneakers", an assassin hired to target Ghost's operation.
- Cedric the Entertainer as Croop, a hitman Tate associates with.
- Audrey Esparza as Liliana
Special guest appearances
- Kendrick Lamar as Laces, a Dominican drug addict who works with Kanan.
- Jesse Williams as Kadeem, Lakeisha's ex, and father of their son, Cash.
In Australia, all episodes are available to stream after their US airing on Stan. The show is available weekly after its US airing on Netflix in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In Scandinavia and Finland, all episodes are available to stream on HBO Nordic.
Season 1 of Power received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic gives the season a score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 reviews, indicating a mixed reaction to the series. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 41%, based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 5.72/10. The site's consensus states, "Power suffers from excessive plotting and the use of overly familiar by-the-numbers story elements."
Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter observed in his review, "Power seemingly wants to be a show that tells a big, complicated, meaningful story about, well, the perils and problems of power and how one man deals with them." The New York Daily News staff writes in their review, "Power hits on all cylinders as it returns for its second season. Throw a couple of great women into Ghost's life—his wife, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), and his recently resurfaced lifelong flame Angela (Lela Loren)—and you have drama that's hard not to keep watching." Critic Brian Lowry ofVariety states in his review, "The three previewed episodes of the show, created by The Good Wife alumna Courtney A. Kemp, move briskly enough, but they're still only moderately compelling. And while 50 Cent's participation provides some promotional heft (he has a cameo in a later episode), the allure of such behind-the-scenes marquee names is usually limited. Mostly, this is undemanding escapism with all the requisite pay-TV trappings, along the lines of what Cinemax is offering in episodic form. While that might be a formula to keep Ghost visible for some time to come, creatively speaking, it leaves Power a touch low on juice.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 100%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.83/10. Review aggregator Metacritic gives the season a score of 75 out of 100, based on 4 reviews, indicating a generally favorable reaction to the series.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 78%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 6.33/10.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 83%, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 100%, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8.8/10.
Main articles: Power Book II: Ghost and Power Book III: Raising Kanan
With the conclusion of the original series, it was announced that Starz had planned four upcoming spin-offs in the same universe as Power. These begin with Power Book II: Ghost, which, following shortly after the events of the original series, focuses on Ghost's son Tariq navigating his new criminal life and intending to shed his father's legacy while dealing with mounting pressure to protect his family, including his mother Tasha. The series will co-star Mary J. Blige and Method Man. The other spin-offs include: Power Book III: Raising Kanan, a prequel into the life of Kanan (50 Cent); Power Book IV: Force, which, if indicative of the appearance of his car, gives fans hope that it will follow Tommy (Joseph Sikora) to Los Angeles, California and Chicago and Power Book V: Influence, a sequel set in the political world centering on Tate's (Larenz Tate) ruthless rise to power.
On August 4, 2020, it was announced that Power Book II: Ghost is set to premiere on September 6, 2020.
On August 31, 2020, it was announced that Power Book III: Raising Kanan will premiere in July 18, 2021. In July 2021, the series was renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere.
On February 27, 2021, it was announced that Power Book IV: Force will premiere in January 2022.
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Power: The story so far and the future after Power Book II: Ghost
By Eammon Jacobs
When the first season of Power debuted on Starz in 2014, nobody could’ve imagined how big the addictive crime drama would get. Well, aside from showrunner Courtney A Kemp and producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson of course. The six-season long story saw Omari Hardwick’s James St. Patrick (A.K.A. Ghost) balance his conflicting roles as vicious drug dealer, legitimate nightclub owner and family man.
His desire to get out of the criminal lifestyle pushes him to take bigger risks that are only escalated when he starts an affair with an old flame, Angela Valdez, played by Lela Loren. Unfortunately for Ghost, Angela is now an Assistant Attorney for the FBI. Ghost’s passionate relationship with Angela causes a huge divide in the St. Patrick family, with his son Tariq slowly turning against his father.
You can watch all six seasons of Power on Netflix now.
The hugely talented cast includes the likes of Joseph Sikora as his partner/best friend Tommy Egan with 50 Cent playing Ghost’s former-mentor turned enemy Kanan Stark. The villain (and occasional anti-hero) was a truly charismatic element of the series, and it’s no surprise that he was a huge driving force throughout all six seasons.
The series came to a close in February 2020 with some truly shocking revelations over the future of the St. Patrick family that simply couldn’t be left unexplored. Thankfully, Starz has expanded the Power-verse into a number of spin-offs, the first of which just closed out its first season: Power Book II: Ghost.
Power Book II: Ghost
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Power’s explosive finale saw Tariq poised to become the next drug Kingpin of New York, once he graduates from university, of course. But when the spin-off picks up from the main series just a few days after James St Patrick’s death, Tariq quickly begins to struggle to hold his family together. With his mother, Tasha, being prosecuted by the devious Cooper Saxe, Tariq has to fend off threats from every direction.
When the series premiered in September 2020, Tariq wound up working alongside the Tejada Cartel. He eventually formed an uneasy alliance with its leader – Monet Stewart Tejada, played by none other than Mary J Blige. She’s a formidable ally, especially when it comes to facing off returning Power characters, that’s for sure.
Two weeks after Ghost started airing, Starz announced that it ordered a second season of the spin-off, proving that the main Power-verse is far from over. Season two will see Tariq working even closer with Monet as he struggles without a guiding figure in his life – but he’ll be walking on eggshells thanks to her ruthless nature.
Expect to see much more from Tariq’s journey, as Courtney A. Kemp recently told Deadline she has “in my mind I have five or six seasons” planned for the future. It’s not clear when season two will return to our screens, but September 2021 would be a good guess, marking a whole year since the show’s first outing.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan
Love him or hate him, Kanan Stark is one of the most captivating figures in the Power franchise. Power Book III: Raising Kanan is the second spin-off series being worked on by Starz and is a prequel set in the 1990s following a young Kanan, played by Mekai Curtis. Although a full description for the show hasn’t been released as of yet, we already know Kanan taught Ghost and Tommy how to build an empire from the streets. So there’s plenty of backstory to be explored in the years up until he was arrested thanks to Ghost’s anonymous tip to the police.
Just because Raising Kanan is a prequel doesn’t mean fans can’t expect some crossover with the other Power shows. Since 50 Cent’s character is one of the most memorable in the main series, Kemp also explained to Deadline how she’s open to the idea of the star returning to reprise his role in the spin-offs at some point, “it would be great to have 50 in as much as we can and make sure that there’s room for Raising Kanan to really succeed.”
While no official release date has been announced, the first teaser for Power Book III: Raising Kanan confirmed that it has a summer 2021 release date.
Power Book IV: Force
Tommy Egan has always been a fan-favourite anti-hero in the show, and the reaction to his surprise return during the Power Book II: Ghost finale just proves how successful his solo series might be. The third spin-off, Power Book IV: Force will see Joseph Sikora’s Tommy leave New York once again in an attempt to start his own drug business.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Sikora explained Tommy’s own arrogance could get in the way of his success, saying, “I think that it’s going to take all facets of Tommy that we’ve built up to until now to not only survive but to potentially thrive — and to potentially leave.”
He added, “You don’t know if it’s going to be one city and then another city and if he’s going to keep bopping or what connections need to be made. But what does need to happen is that we need to see how fast or how slow Tommy analyses and adapts to a new situation.”
Showrunner and creator Courtney A. Kemp told Deadline production begins this year, meaning at the earliest Power Book IV: Force could arrive late 2021 or during the first quarter of 2022.
Power Book V: Influence
Although the spin-off series focusing on corrupt official Rashad Tate was originally set to arrive before Force, it seems Tommy Egan’s solo adventures were more of a priority for Starz, being bumped up to Book IV. So for the moment, the distant future of the franchise lies with Power Book V: Influence.
Not much is known about the series, only that it will see Tate (played by Larenz Tate) continue his ruthless climb to the top of the political ladder. When audiences last saw the former police officer, he had been endorsed as Governor before dumping Cassandra Haynes. Tate later denied knowing James St Patrick during a minor appearance in Power Book II: Ghost so that it looks like he has no criminal connections which could tarnish his career.
Since Power Book V: Influence was pushed back in favour of Force, it seems likely that the series will go into production towards the end of 2021 with a potential mid to late 2022 release.
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Power reveals four spin-offs in series finale teaser
Starz and Power have officially unveiled their spin-off plans with a teaser that outlines their ambitious plans. With Power airing its series finale Sunday night (the episode is already available on demand), the new video, which can be viewed above, reveals four upcoming spin-offs: Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Influence, and Power Book V: Force.
While we still don’t know many details, Ghost (set to premiere this summer) had already been announced, with Mary J. Blige and Method Man set to star. See the first looks below.
We’re left to speculate a bit on the others. Raising Kanan seems to obviously be a look back at the upbringing and rise of Kanan (50 Cent); Influence appears to be set in the political world, with Tate (Larenz Tate) likely to factor in; and the appearance of Tommy’s (Joseph Sikora) car gives fans hope that Force will follow Ghost’s partner in crime on his way to Los Angeles.
Check back Sunday night for EW’s full coverage of the Power series finale, which will include interviews on Ghost’s shooter and the forthcoming spin-offs.
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Power Book II: Ghost: A look at the dramatic finale
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Power reached its shocking climax in early 2020, reaching its conclusion following six seasons. Thankfully, this wasn't the end of the story altogether as there is plenty more to look forward to. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the upcoming spin-off shows on Starz.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Power.
How many Power spin-off series are being made?
Power ended with the death of James "Ghost" St Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick).
The series came to a close with a "who done it?" storyline, whereby fans had to try and figure out who shot Ghost.
Prior to Power season six coming to an end, executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson released a statement saying how there was more to come.
He said: "The last 5 seasons of Power have been an incredible ride for me and all of our supportive fans.
"We are far from over and I am excited to bring you more from the Power brand.
"I am proud that I was able to put a lasting stamp on this chapter with my directorial debut in an episode that features one of the wildest scenes ever on the show."
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But even before season six started on Starz, Jackson announced the spin-off shows.
He said in an Instagram post: "Augs25 starts Season 6 is the final season of POWER. I have 4 spin off shows coming so don’t trip."
So Power fans have four new spin-off series to look forward to over the next couple of years.
The first of the four, Power Book II: Ghost, came out in mid-2020 and ended just before Christmas.
Power Book II: Ghost is set in New York, just a few weeks after Ghost's death.
Tariq St Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr) was discovered to be the killer in Power series six but mum Tasha St Patrick (Naturi Naughton) went to prison for him.
Power Book II's first season was about Tariq selling drugs on his college campus so he can pay for top lawyer David MacClean (Method Man) to help his mum get out of jail.
The show reached its dramatic climax this month but fear not as Book II has already been renewed for a second season.
A release date hasn't been revealed but the earliest it could come out is September 2021, a year after the series one premiere.
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The next spin-off to come out on Starz will be Power Book III: Raising Kanan.
Unlike the others which will see the events after Ghost's death, Book III is a prequel set in the 1990s.
The drama will be about Kanan Stark (Curtis Jackson) growing up, showing how he became the notorious drug dealer in the original Power series.
While it isn't known exactly when the series will be out, it is expected to be released sometime in summer 2021.
Disney actor Mekai Curtis has been cast to play the young version of Kanan.
The third Power spin-off series to be released will be Power Book IV: Force.
This will tell the tale of Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) after he left New York and headed for Los Angeles.
Tommy made an appearance in the Power Book II season one finale so this may also be weaved into the show.
Power Book IV may come out in late 2021 or early 2022.
The final spin-off show in the Power franchise is Power Book V: Influence which is going to revolve around Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate).
Few details have been announced about the show apart from it will be about his rise to power as he continues his campaign to become Governor.
This new drama is most likely to come out sometime in 2022.
Power is available to watch on Starz and Starzplay.
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Warning: This article contains spoilers
The Power team pulled a Marvel move and slipped some post-credits footage in after the series finale. In addition to the scene that showed a young Jamie St. Patrick, Tommy Egan (played by Shameless actor Ethan Cutkosky), and Angela Valdes, there were some shots for upcoming offshoots of the main series.
If you kept watching, you saw the clues for the new Power tales and which direction they’ll be heading. If you missed it, here’s an overview of the four additional books of Power and where those stories will take their leads.
‘Power Book II: Ghost’
Starring Michael Rainey, Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick, viewers will see the return of the bad son as well as some other familiar faces. Power creator and showrunner Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent already shared that this installment will pick up 48 hours after the events of Power’s first chapter, and the clip for Book II reveals that Tasha’s story will continue from jail and Saxe is back at it.
But fans will also meet Mary J. Blige’s Monet character and Method Man’s Davis Maclean, an attorney. Each of them is smart but both are caught up in the street life and it has us wondering how – not if – their paths will cross with the St. Patricks. According to 50 Cent, Power Book II will debut in June in Power’s original Sunday time slot.
‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’
50 Cent has been teasing a Kanan Stark spinoff for some time and he finally confirmed during an appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s podcast that the show is currently in the casting stage. Obviously, this will be a prequel centered around Kanan’s upbringing and life in the streets before he was sent to prison. We think it’s safe to assume he’ll be running around with a young Ghost, Tommy, and Breeze at some stage in the series.
‘Power Book IV: Influence’
Who out there is ready for a Tate spinoff? The image shown for Influence was a stage set up for Tate’s gubernatorial campaign and whatever political drama is attached to that.
Tate clearly has one foot in the streets and the other in politics, and at the end of episode 14, made some new enemies. Will this connect to Book II? It’s unclear, but this one is in the writers’ room.
‘Power Book V: Force’
While fans aren’t exactly clamoring for a show about Tariq (at this point the character’s taken Dre’s place as the most reviled), many would love to watch a Tommy spinoff. Vroom vroom went the engine on his Mustang in the shot that announced Power Book V: Force, which is likely to take place on the West Coast.
However, knowing what we know about Tommy Egan, there could still be some storylines tied to New York once this series goes live.
According to Deadline, Starz head Jeffrey Hirsch remarked that Power and Starz are making history with these spinoffs:
“In television history, only a select few shows have inspired four consecutive series extensions, launched into active production and development at the same time. These new and exciting chapters will continue the journey of some of Power‘s most controversial characters while featuring a growing ensemble of complex, distinct characters along with the high-octane drama that set Power in a class of its own.”
Books three, four, and five do not yet have release dates, but fans who are willing to stay hitched to the franchise can look forward to Book II’s arrival this summer.
‘Power’: Three More Spinoff Series Set at Starz
As promised, Starz is powering forward to expand the world of the signature drama Power.
Ahead of the series finale of the flagship drama on Sunday, the Lionsgate-backed premium cable network announced three more spinoff series in what it is calling the Power Universe. Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Influence and Power Book V: Force join the previously revealed Power Book II: Ghost and bring the franchise to a total of four upcoming offshoots from Courtney A. Kemp’s original.
“In television history, only a select few shows have inspired four consecutive series extensions, launched into active production and development at the same time,” Starz’s new president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said Sunday in a statement. “These new and exciting chapters will continue the journey of some of Power‘s most controversial characters while featuring a growing ensemble of complex, distinct characters along with the high-octane drama that set Power in a class of its own.”
Raising Kanan, the third show, is a prequel story that is set in the ’90s and explores the early years of Power character Kanan Stark (played by series executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson). The character has been a staple through all six seasons, either as recurring, a series regular or, in the final season, a guest star. The fourth drama, Influence, follows Larenz Tate’s character, Rashad Tate, in his ruthless pursuit of power. Tate joined Power in season four as a recurring player and was promoted to regular for the final two seasons. The fifth series, Force, revolves around Joseph Sikora’s Tommy Egan as he cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good.
Shows three, four and five join the second series, Ghost, which boasts a cast that includes Mary J. Blige, Method Man and multiple members of the original cast and picks up where the flagship ends. All four series will be produced by Lionsgate TV, where creator Kemp and her End of Episode banner have an overall deal. Jackson also exec produces through his G-Unit Film and TV shingle. Mark Canton, End of Episode’s Chris Salek and Danielle DeJesus, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich also exec produce.
Kemp has been hard at work on expanding the world of Power — Starz’s most-watched scripted original — since she signed a new, multiyear overall deal with Lionsgate that included development of additional series inspired by the world of the original.
Hirsch — who previously served as Starz’s COO — was tapped to serve as former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht’s interim replacement nearly a year ago. Hirsch was formally given Albrecht’s president and CEO title in September. Under his purview, Starz is more closely aligning itself with parent company Lionsgate. Nearly all of its scripted originals are now produced in-house by Lionsgate TV, with more in the works from the studio including offshoots of its well-known IP like Weeds and Blindspotting. Hirsch’s mandate, as he explained to critics in his first Television Critics Association press tour appearance since taking over the network, is to focus on what he called “premium female.” He is looking for period dramas that resonate with the upscale and older female viewers who are drawn to the Starz hit Outlander.
The rapid expansion of the Power universe arrives as networks and streamers alike are looking to build on proven hits in a cluttered Peak TV landscape that consists of 530 scripted originals (and growing) where it’s incredibly difficult to cut through. AMC, for its part, has three Walking Dead scripted shows; NBC has the Chicago (and Law & Order) franchises; The CW has multiple shows in the Arrow-verse; and HBO has a Game of Thrones prequel in the works, marking the first time the premium cable network will revisit one of its originals.
The quartet of Power spinoffs join the recently ordered comedy Run the World, Vida, American Gods, Outlander, Hightown, Heels and Becoming Elizabeth at Starz.
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Power Book II: Ghost
2020 American crime drama television series
Power Book II: Ghost is an American drama television series created by Courtney A. Kemp that premiered on September 6, 2020 on Starz. The series is a sequel to the long-running series, Power. In September 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which is scheduled to premiere on November 21, 2021.
Power Book II: Ghost picks up the narrative just a few days after the Power finale. The sequel then follows Tariq navigating his new life, in which his desire to shed his father's legacy comes up against the mounting pressure to save his family. Along the way, Tariq gets entangled in the affairs of the cutthroat Tejada family, adding further complications as he tries to balance his drug operations with his education, love life, family affairs, and mounting pressure from Cooper Saxe.
Cast and characters
- Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James "Ghost" St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, who is slowly following in his father's footsteps as a drug dealer
- Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe, the attorney prosecuting Tasha, following failed attempts to catch Ghost
- Gianni Paolo as Brayden Weston, Tariq's best friend and former roommate at Choate and current roommate at Stansfield. He is also selling drugs with Tariq.
- Melanie Liburd as Caridad "Carrie" Milgram, one of Tariq's professors who has a secret relationship with Zeke
- Lovell Adams-Gray as Dru Tejada, Monet's son and brother of Cane and Diana
- Daniel Bellomy as Ezekiel "Zeke" Cross, Monet's nephew and Carrie's new love interest
- Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Tameika Washington, an attorney formerly affiliated with Saxe
- Paige Hurd as Lauren Baldwin, Tariq's classmate and love interest
- Woody McClain as Cane Tejada, ruthless gangster and brother of Dru and Diana
- Justin Marcel McManus as Jabari Reynolds (season 1), Carrie's ex-boyfriend and Tariq's professor
- Method Man as Davis Maclean, Tasha's lawyer who looks to win at all costs
- LaToya Tonodeo as Diana Tejada, Sister of Dru and Cane who is also in the drug business and Tariq's love interest
- Mary J. Blige as Monet Stewart Tejada, queenpin of the Tejada drug cartel. Mother of Cane, Dru and Diana
- Naturi Naughton as Tasha St. Patrick (season 1), Tariq's mother and Ghost's wife
- Daniel Sunjata as Mecca (season 2)
- Paton Ashbrook as Jenny Sullivan (season 2; recurring season 1)
- Berto Colon as Lorenzo Tejada (season 2; recurring season 1), Monet's incarcerated husband, the real leader of the Tejada operation
- Alix Lapri as Effie (season 2; recurring season 1), Tariq's former business partner/girlfriend at Choate
- Larenz Tate as Councilman Rashad Tate (season 2; recurring season 1), Ghost's former political rival
- Kathleen Garrett as Judge Nina Larkin, the judge presiding over Tasha St. Patrick's case (season 1)
- Debbi Morgan as Estelle Green, Tasha's mother (season 1)
- Paris Morgan as Yasmine St. Patrick, Tariq's little sister & Tasha's daughter
- Victor Garber as Simon Stern, Ghost's former business partner
- Mark Feuerstein as Steven Ott, the representative of the political party Ghost was part of
- Sherri Saum as Paula Matarazzo, top investigator and right hand of Davis
- Shalim Ortiz as Danilo Ramirez, an NYPD officer stationed in the Tejadas' backyard of Queens, NY, and Monet's boyfriend (season 1)
- Lightskin Keisha as BruShandria Carmichael, Tariq's classmate
- Brandi Denise Boyd as Epiphany Turner, a stripper single mom, who worked together with Tasha
- Cory Jeacoma as Trace Weston, Brayden's entitled brother
- Marcus Anderson Jr. as Lil' Guap, the Tejada's partner, before Tariq
- Monique Gabriela Curnen as Blanca Rodriguez
- Brittani Tucker as Chelle, Rel's ex-girlfriend now Cane's girlfriend
- Andrea Lee Christensen as Riley Saxe-Merchant, Cooper's niece and Brayden's new love interest
- Bradley Gibson as Everett Neal, Dru's new love interest
- Michael J. Ferguson as Francis "2-Bit" Johnson, a convicted felon formerly associated with Andre Coleman and Tommy Egan
- Luenell Campbell as Ms. Richards, Spanky's mother
- Laz Alonso as Samuel Santana, a detective investigating the death of the GTG assassin on the faculty grounds
- Lahmard Tate as Kamaal Tate (season 2)
- Frank Whaley as Lucas (season 2)
- David Zayas as Uncle Frank, a relative of the Tejadas who tried to set them up (season 1)
- Glynn Turman as Gabriel, uncle to Ghost (season 1)
- Sung Kang as John Mak, an attorney formerly involved in the Lobos-Ghost investigation (season 1)
- Elizabeth Rodriguez as Paz Valdes, Angela Valdes' sister (season 1)
- Donshea Hopkins as Raina St. Patrick, Tariq's twin sister (season 1)
- Jackie Long as Rico Barnes, the man who provides the drugs for the Tejadas to distribute (season 1)
- Joseph Sikora as Tommy Egan, Ghost's best friend, Tariq's uncle and Cash's surrogate father (season 1)
- Denim Roberson as Cash Grant, LaKeisha Grant's son and Tommy's surrogate son (season 1)
- Redman as Theo Rollins, Davis' older brother who is in prison (season 2)
On July 26, 2019, Starz announced the straight-to-series order with the news that Mary J. Blige would star. On February 9, 2020, Starz announced the premise of the series. On September 22, 2020, Starz renewed the series for a second season which is scheduled to premiere on November 21, 2021.
Mary J. Blige was cast on July 26, 2019, with the initial news. On January 14, 2020, Method Man was cast in a main role. The remainder of the main cast was entirely announced on February 9, 2020. On July 21, 2020, Sherri Saum was cast for the series. Two days later, Shalim Ortiz was cast in a recurring role. On February 24, Daniel Sunjata was cast as a new series regular for the second season. On April 27, 2021, Redman joined the cast in a guest starring role for the second season. On June 21, 2021, Paton Ashbrook, Berto Colon, and Alix Lapri were promoted to series regulars while Lahmard Tate joined the cast in a recurring role, reprising his role as Kamaal Tate from the sixth season of Power. On October 1, 2021, Frank Whaley joined the cast in a recurring role for the second season.
The series premiered on September 6, 2020. The series' official trailer was released on August 4, 2020.
|List of Accolades|
|Award / Film Festival||Year||Recipient||Nomination||Result||Ref.|
|NAACP Image Awards||2021||Power Book II: Ghost||Outstanding Drama Series||Won|||
|Clifford Smith||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Won|
|Mary J. Blige||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
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