There’s a new television show coming to town: “The Chi,” created by Lena Waithe, is headed to Showtime.
According to Deadline, the hour-long dramatic series, described as a “coming-of-age story of a young African-American male,” is decidedly Chicago-centric with Waithe penning the script and executive producing alongside Grammy and Academy Award-winning rapper-actor Common. For the suits at Showtime, having these two collaborate lends to the series’ credibility, especially since they are both from the city. “The two creative forces behind the show, both hailing from Chicago’s South Side, give this pilot an unparalleled authenticity,” said David Nevins, the network’s president.
Common, who always mightily reps his hometown, shared his excitement about the project on his Facebook page. “It feels good to be able to bring it back home in a different way and to have Chicago actors and a Chicago crew working on the show,” he said.
Waithe, who is enormously talented in her own right, has been making noise in Hollywood for a while now; holding down a spot last year on Variety’s “10 comics to watch” list, she is mostly known for her work as a writer on FOX’s “Bones” and as a producer of the critically acclaimed, festival favorite film, Dear White People.
Filming of “The Chi” gets underway in Chicago later this month and some of the cast members have already been established, including fellow Chicago native, Jason Weaver.
We are excited about Waithe’s creation, and with this talented Black Chicago Woman behind the pen, we are confident that “The Chi” will be an authentic depiction of what life is really like for some in the Windy City.
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