(AllHipHop News) Fans of the Power Universe received some good news this week. Power Book II: Ghost from End of Episode’s Courtney A. Kemp (executive producer, creator, showrunner) and G-Unit Film and Television’s Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (executive producer) will be back for a second season on Starz.
Book II was renewed for more installments after only airing three episodes of season one. According to Starz, the spinoff became the most-watched new series in the network’s history in its debut week with around 7.5 million total viewers. Subscriber acquisition for the Starz app reportedly rose 42% in the first week after the show’s premiere.
“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 Christina Davis, Starz’s President of Programming.
Davis continued, “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.”
The cast of Power Book II: Ghost includes Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige, Clifford “Method Man” Smith, Shane Johnson, Gianni Paolo, Paige Hurd, and Woody McClain. The premiere season of Book II will air in two parts. The mid-season finale is scheduled for October 4 with the five remaining episodes set to return later this year.
“I am incredibly humbled by and grateful for the response from our Power fans – the best fans in the world, period. 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, 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,” said Courtney A. Kemp. “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.”
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson added, “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.”