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Drama Series Created By Emmy® Winner Lena Waithe 

SHOWTIME has dropped the trailer for the third season of its drama series THE CHI, which will feature series creator and Emmy® winner Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim, Boomerang) in a multi-episode arc as a Chicago mayoral candidate.

Created and executive produced by Waithe 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 who become linked by coincidence, but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. Season three cast includes Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Queen of Katwe), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Yolonda Ross (Treme), Shamon Brown Jr., Michael V. Epps and Birgundi Baker. Writer Justin Hillian (Snowfall) serves as showrunner and executive producer for the third season.

Guest stars include two-time Grammy® nominee Luke James (Star, Little) as Victor “Trig” Taylor, Jake’s (Michael V. Epps) estranged older brother who wants to reunite his fractured family, but takes an unconventional approach. Alani “La La” Anthony (Power) will play Dominique “Dom” Morris, a savvy businesswoman with dreams of more lucrative opportunities. Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Bird Box) will play Zeke Remnick, the owner of Sonny's (guest star Cedric Young) building who cares less about the community than the bottom line, and Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) as Roselyn Perry, the estranged wife of Douda (guest star Curtiss Cook), back at his side to influence his political agenda and to help herself.

In addition to Waithe, Common and Hillian, Aaron Kaplan (A Million Little Things, The Neighborhood), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone of Freedom Road Productions and Jet Wilkinson serve as executive producers. Produced entirely in its namesake city, THE CHI is produced by Touchstone Television. To learn more about THE CHI, visit SHO.com and follow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Join the conversation using #TheChi. 

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“Foe ‘Nem” – Episode 301

Written by: Lena Waithe & Justin Hillian

Directed by: Jet Wilkinson

Guest Stars: Tyla Abercrumbie, Hannaha Hall, David Alan Anderson, Genesis Hale, Curtiss Cook, Rolando Boyce, Sonja Sohn, Miriam A. Hyman, Luke James


A wedding alters Kevin (ALEX HIBBERT) and Kiesha’s (BIRGUNDI BAKER) lives. Emmett (JACOB LATIMORE) juggles his business and his growing family. Ronnie (NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE) struggles to find his way. Jake’s (MICHAEL V. EPPS) estranged brother Trig (LUKE JAMES) lands back in town on a mission.


“Brewfurd” – Episode 302

Written by: Marcus Gardley

Directed by: Rashaad Ernesto Green

Guest Stars: Tyla Abercrumbie, Hannaha Hall, Curtiss Cook, Miriam Hyman, Luke James, La La Anthony


Kevin (ALEX HIBBERT) rallies Papa (SHAMON BROWN JR.) and Jake (MICHAEL V. EPPS) for help. Emmett (JACOB LATIMORE) finds a short-term solution to his food shortage problem. Jada (YOLONDA ROSS) samples the dating scene and a local trap kitchen run by Dom (LALA ANTHONY). Trig (LUKE JAMES) devises a plan to get custody of his brother Jake from Douda (CURTISS COOK).


“Buss Down” – Episode 303

Written by: Lolis Eric Elie

Directed by: Gandja Monteiro

Guest Stars: Tyla Abercrumbie, Hannaha Hall, Genesis Hale, Cedric Young, Tai Davis, La Donna Tittle, Miriam A. Hyman, Luke James, La La Anthony, Judae’a Brown



The Williams family goes into a tailspin. Emmett (JACOB LATIMORE) and Tiff (HANNAHA HALL) devise a plan to move in with Jada (YOLONDA ROSS) while he gets his new business off the ground. Ronnie (NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE) gets a not-so-friendly reminder that his neighborhood has a long memory of his past deeds.


“Gangway” – Episode 304

Written by: T.J. Brady & Rasheed Newson

Directed by: Jet Wilkinson

Guest stars: Tyla Abercrumbie, Hannaha Hall, Curtiss L. Cook, Rolando Boyce, Cedric Young, Miriam A. Hyman, Kandi Burruss, Judae’a Brown, Lena Waithe



Ronnie (NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE) finds a new calling in his bid for redemption. Emmett (JACOB LATIMORE) lets his dad Darnell (ROLANDO BOYCE) and his insecurities get the best of him. Kevin (ALEX HIBBERT) is weighed down by a lie. The mayoral race heats up when candidates Douda (CURTISS L. COOK) and Camille Halloway (LENA WAITHE) face off.


“Terror Town” – Episode 305

Written by: Ricardo Gamboa & Nambi E. Kelley

Directed by: Jet Wilkinson

Guest Stars: Genesis Hale, Curtiss L. Cook, Cedric Young, La Donna Tittle, Luke James, La La Anthony, Kandi Burruss, Judae’a Brown, Salvador Chacon



Ronnie’s (NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE) memories threaten to drown his progress. An unexpected visit threatens Trig’s (LUKE JAMES) battle to get custody of Jake (MICHAEL V. EPPS). Kevin (ALEX HIBBERT) and his friend’s adventure tests the limits of their fight-or-flight instincts. Emmett (JACOB LATIMORE) capitalizes on a predicament. Jada (YOLONDA ROSS) meets Tomas’ (SALVADOR CHACON) family.


“Woo Woo Woo” – Episode 306

Written by: Jewel McPherson

Directed by: Darren Grant

Guest Stars: Tyla Abercrumbie, Hannaha Hall, Genesis Hale, Curtiss L. Cook, Chris Lee, La Donna Tittle, Miriam A. Hyman, Luke James, Kandi Burruss, Judae’a Brown



Kevin’s (ALEX HIBBERT) birthday finds him in far from a celebrating mood. Ronnie (NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE) takes his grandmother Ms. Ethel (LADONNA TITTLE) on a whirl back in time. Emmett (JACOB LATIMORE) goes on a cannabis run with Tiff (HANNAHA HALL). Douda’s (CURTISS L. COOK) campaign hits another speed bump when a past wound draws fresh blood. 





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