Media outlets are reporting that Starz network are going all-in with the Power universe as the first spinoff series, Power Book II: Ghost, has been renewed for a second season.
The official synopsis for the series is as follows:
Power Book II: Ghost picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of Power as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed. Not to mention the academic rigours of the Ivy League university Tariq is attending to earn his inheritance. Truly on his own for the first time in his life, Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of getting out of jail and escaping prosecution by newly minted U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe. With no better options, Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada, that’s been at it far longer than him. As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love life, and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better.
The spinoff series has been a big-hitter after a few aired episodes, with the premiere drawing nearly 7.5m multiplatform views in its debut week, making it the most-watched new series in the network’s history, with that number expected to grow in the coming weeks with additional platform partners reporting. It also broke records on the Starz app the week after its premiere, driving subscriber acquisition up 42%, while also setting new recording internationally as the top-performing series across the Starzplay streaming platform in several markets including the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Brazil. In relation to that, it does help that here in the UK they are pushing Starzplay hard with the offer of £1.99 a month for the first six months subscription.
Christina Davis, President of Programming at Starz, released a statement saying:
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. 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.
Courtney A. Kemp, creator, showrunner and executive producer of the series, released a statement saying:
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 [Canton] and I were warned that a premium series with leads of colour 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.
Executive producer, 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.
After watching the first three episodes of the series on Stazplay, admittedly I wasn’t looking forward to a spinoff with Tariq as the lead but I most say I’m liking the series more than I thought I would, particularly with the addition of the Tejada family and lawyer Davis Maclean.
Power Book II: Ghost stars Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Shane Johnson, Mary J. Blige, Method Man, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Melanie Liburd, Justin McManus, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray, LaToya Tonedeo, Sherri Saum and Shalim Ortiz.