'Power' Renewed for 2 Additional Seasons, Executives Thank Fans for Making it Possible
The stars have aligned for the STARZ original series Power, whose Season 3 premiere did so well in ratings the network has already sealed the deal for two additional seasons.
Executive producers and co-creators Courtney A. Kemp and 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) are grateful for the vote of confidence from the network executives but give their thanks to the fans for making it all possible.
The hit series Power made its return to the network on Sunday, July 17, with a record-breaking Season 3 premiere. According to iDigital, the Kemp/Jackson-created series not only made history for the show itself but for the overall network, as the most watched season premiere in network history.
Jackson shared the accomplishment on his Instagram, where he set his future goals to that of media mogul Tyler Perry, whose success has garnered multiple motion picture deals, stage plays, his own 200,000-square foot studio, and an exclusive contract to create original programming for the Oprah Winfrey and her network OWN.
"...you know I'm just getting started, you are gonna look up and say when the f*ck did 50 turn into Tyler Perry," he captioned.
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A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jul 21, 2016 at 4:49pm PDT
The first episode of Season 3 garnered 2.26 million views as reported by The Source, an increase of close to 60 percent from that of the Season 2 premiere.
In a statement Kemp expressed her gratitude to the network for their vote of confidence in the show's continued success "...and the opportunity to continue to employ [their] excellent cast and crew, who work tirelessly to bring this show to life."
The stellar cast and crew that Kemp speaks of consists of lead actors Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora and R&B arist Rotimi, to name a few, who effectively bring the characters of Ghost, Angela, Tasha, Tommy and Dre, to life -- and viewers can't get enough.
It's those viewers that STARZ network CEO, Chris Albrecht, and Jackson say are the main contributing factors to the growing success of the series.
"In Curtis, we not only have an immense talent but an executive producer who brings a unique perspective, an authentic voice and passionate fan base that has helped in a large part propel the success of the series," explained Albrecht.
Jackson agreed that without the fans, the show wouldn't be the hit that it is.
"...The fans support for the show has been the driving force of its success, and I can't wait to bring them two more seasons full of action and suspense," he stated according to iDigital.
Power airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on STARZ.