8:00am PT by Rick Porter
'Power Book II: Ghost' Renewed for Second Season at Starz
Starz is locking in the first spinoff of its signature franchise.
The premium cable outlet has renewed Power Book II: Ghost for a second season. The pickup comes three weeks after the spinoff premiered and following a strong performance across Starz platforms.
Power creator Courtney Kemp executive produces Ghost — one of four planned spinoffs of Power — alongside Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
"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. "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."
Ghost is a direct sequel to Power following Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.), who's grappling with his new world following the death of his father — for which his mother, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), is accused even though Tariq pulled the trigger. The cast also includes Mary J. Blige, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Shane Johnson, Gianni Paolo, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Melanie Liburd, Justin Marcel McManus, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray and LaToya Tonodeo.
The series premiere has racked up 7.5 million viewers across platforms since its Sept. 6 debut, making it the most watched new series in Starz's history.
"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, 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."
Added Jackson, "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."
Starz parent Lionsgate produces the Power franchise. Kemp, via her End of Episode Banner, executive produces with Jackson (through is G-Unit Film and Television); Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM; End of Episode's Chris Selak and Danielle De Jesus; and Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich.