Lena Waithe Reveals ‘The Chi’ Has Been Renewed For A Fifth Season

Roommates, if the season four finale of ‘The Chi’ left you thirsting with questions, no worries, the answers are reportedly coming in 2022. Creator and executive producer Lena Waithe shared the renewal news on Sunday evening. A few hours after the finale aired, Lena hopped on her Instagram Live post-show to thank fans and share the update.

“Season 5 of ‘The Chi’ is coming. It is done. It is written,” Lena said. “You’ve been going with us. ‘The Chi’ has been a journey. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve grown a lot. And these characters have grown with us. We’ve yelled at them. We’ve done silly things with them. We’ve watched them go from babies to young men and young ladies.”

For those unfamiliar, the series showcases the lives of neighbors in South Side Chicago, Illinois. This latest season focused heavily on the conversation of community policing. Unlike season three, which ended in the murder of character Ronnie, the season four finale wrapped on a few high notes.

According to a Chicago Tribune review, a character named Jada finds herself in remission from cancer, characters Kiesha and Christian lock in as a couple and characters Dre and Nina repair their troubled relationship.

Deadline reports that the drama series rakes in about 4.2 million weekly viewers for Showtime. With these strong ratings, the show is reportedly “on pace to become the most-streamed Showtime series ever.” There’s no word on exactly when fans can expect the season five premiere to air, but it’ll reportedly grace screens in 2022.

As you may already know, the show is shot entirely in the city it’s based on and produced by 20th Television. Chicago’s very own Common has also played a key role in the series as an executive producer. Regulars on ‘The Chi’ season four cast included Michael V. Epps, “Jacob Latimore, Birgundi Baker, Alex Hibbert, Shamon Brown Jr. Curtiss Cook and Luke James,” according to Deadline.

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