News of an early renewal for a sixth season was part of the announcement today that season five of the Starz drama series “Power” will premiere on Sunday, July 1. Starz also announced that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will direct the season six premiere episode.
The news comes ahead of the wrap of production on season five.
From creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp, “Power” has been performing well, with Starz announcing that it has grown each season.
“As ‘Power’ wraps production on season five, we want to acknowledge and thank our spectacular ‘Power’ team for producing another great season. We are also pleased to announce a pick-up for season six,” said Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik.
Besides creating the New York-based crime drama, Kemp executive produces along with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett, Gary Lennon and Shana Stein.
“The critically acclaimed fourth season averaged 9.3 million multiplatform viewers per episode and is the most-watched franchise for Starz, averaging 7.4 million multiplatform viewers for all four seasons,” Starz announced. “‘Power’ ranks number 3 among premium scripted series for viewers and was a top three Sunday night program on Nielsen Social Rankings nine out of 10 weeks.”
The series recently received three 2018 NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and a 2017 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Premium Drama Series.
Starz describes the series as “a visionary drama that straddles the glamorous Manhattan lifestyles of the rich and infamous and the underworld of the international drug trade.”
The cast is led by Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a man trying to escape his role as a drug kingpin for a legitimized life in the elite of NYC; Joseph Sikora as his brother in arms in the drug business, Tommy Egan; Naturi Naughton plays Ghost’s fierce wife, Tasha St. Patrick; and Lela Loren is his first love, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes.
The series is also produced by G-Unit Films and Television, the production company launched by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment MM.