Season 5 of Showtime’s The Chi will premiere Friday, June 24 and continue its story on the South Side of Chicago.
The Lena Waithe-created drama is currently in production in its namesake city for a 10-episode run.
“We’re so honored to be in our fifth season and grateful to the fans that show up for us and make sure people know about The Chi,” Waithe said in a statement Tuesday. “We appreciate the fans so much and hope everyone enjoys this upcoming season.”
Series stars Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Shamon Brown Jr., Michael V. Epps, Birgundi Baker, Luke James and Curtiss Cook will all return.
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This season returning guest stars include Kandi Burruss, La La Anthony, Jason Weaver and Iman Shumpert. They’re joined by new guest star Nia Jervier (Dear White People, Twenties) as Tierra, the poised, polished and driven god-niece of Douda (Cook), who he recruits for a rebranding effort; and Carolyn Michelle Smith (Russian Doll, House of Cards) as Deja, a new love interest for Shaad (Weaver) who helps him level up in more ways than one.
In addition, L’lerrét Jazelle plays Fatima, a local journalist who wants the best for her neighborhood and isn’t afraid to confront politicians to get the truth, and Antonyah Allen is Simone, Kevin’s (Hibbert) new classmate, a creative introvert who constantly challenges him and opens his mind to new experiences.
After the June 24 premiere, each new episode of the fifth season will be available on Fridays on streaming and on demand.
Season 5 of The Chi comes on the heels of a successful fourth season. Season 4 ended as one of the Showtime’s most-streamed series ever, averaging 4.2 million weekly viewers according to the recent press release from the network.