Dubbed the best premiere series on Showtime since Billions‘ 2016 debut, per Variety, The Chi will triumphantly return for its second season on Apr. 7. The network announced the program’s re-up earlier this week, exciting fans that are eager to pick up where the first season left off.
Created and executive produced by Lena Waithe, the show follows the lives of different people in Chicago that find themselves webbed together by the murder of a teenage black boy. The program stars Ntare Guma, Jason Mitchell, Common, Yolonda Ross, Jacob Latimore, Alex R. Hibbert, Sonja Sohn, Steven Williams and more.
“We love the vibrant characters and the nuanced world that Lena has created,” said Gary Levine, the network’s president of programming. “Her vision for The Chi has clearly struck a chord, and we know she has many more moving, personal and resonant stories to tell about her beloved hometown.”
In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Waithe discussed her vision for season two. “Get even more of that Chicago lingo in there. What you can expect from Season 2 is that it will be blacker,” she said. “Before, I think there was an element of, ‘Oh, we don’t have to focus on the blackness of the city.’ And I’m like, ‘No, that’s what the show is!’ And we really want to be immersed in the city and to show some actual places. I’m really grateful that the studio and network are really more in bed with my vision for Season 2.”
Watch the trailer below.