As the Season 4 finale of The Chi ended with a cliffhanger on Sunday, series creator Lena Waithe announced the news during an Instagram Live that SHOWTIME has renewed The Chi for season 5.
“Season 5 of The Chi is coming. It is done. It is written,” Waithe told fans, thanking them for their loyalty and viewership. “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.”
Just before bringing out the cast to talk about the cliffhanger end of season 4, Waithe added: “We’re really grateful. Yes, Season 5 is coming.”
In Sunday’s episode, Mayor Otis “Douda” Perry (played by Curtiss Cook) abruptly left Chicago but executive producer/showrunner Justin Hillian warned viewers not to count Cook’s character out, saying, “He overplayed his hand. It didn’t work out. But I would have a hard time believing that he would give up quite so easily.”
The Chi, filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, is created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Twenties, Boomerang) and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common (Selma), The Chi is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents on the South Side of Chicago who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. Season four cast includes Jacob Latimore (Like a Boss), Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Yolonda Ross (Treme), Shamon Brown Jr., Michael V. Epps and Birgundi Baker, along with Luke James and Curtiss Cook, who have been upped to series regulars in season four. Kandi Burruss and La La Anthony are set to return as guest stars, along with Tabitha Brown (Princess of the Row) and Chicago native Jason Weaver (Smart Guy, ATL).