‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead of Premiere


Starz is betting on more Kanan. The premium cable network announced Monday it’s greenlit a second season of Power Book III: Raising Kanan, ahead of the show’s July 18 premiere.

Set in South Jamaica Queens in the early 1990s, the prequel follows the early years of now-deceased Power character Kanan Stark, portrayed on the original series by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

“One season isn’t enough to tell the coming of age story of Kanan Stark and his mother, Raq, a fierce and successful woman who is a force of nature,” Jeffrey Hirsch, president and CEO of Starz, said in a statement. “The anticipation globally for more of the Power Universe made it clear that the Kanan story needs to continue.”

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The third saga in the Power Universe stars Patina Miller as Raquel “Raq” Thomas and Mekai Curtis in the titular role as Kanan. The cast also includes Omar Epps, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Hailey Kilgore, Joey Bada$$, Toby Sandeman, Shanley Caswell, and Lovie Simone with Quincy Brown  in a recurring role. Antonio Ortiz plays Shawn “Famous” Figueroa and will be upped to a series regular in the second season.

This is the second Power spin-off after Power Book II: Ghost. This latest series is created by Sascha Penn, who was a writer on the original Power.

Courtney A. Kemp executive produces through her production company End of Episode and via her overall deal with Lionsgate Television. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also executive produces through his G-Unit Film and Television and Mark Canton through Atmosphere Entertainment MM. Additional executive producers include End of Episode’s Chris Selak, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich, plus Kevin Fox. Lionsgate Television produces the series for Starz. Sascha Penn will return for season 2 as creator and showrunner.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres on Sunday, July 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz and across all platforms in the U.S. and Canada.

Watch the trailer below.