THE CHI | SHOWTIME | Sundays @ 10p.m
It does not take long to acknowledge a hit show, and with the pre-released first episode making waves the new series “The Chi” premiering on Showtime has created both intrigue and rave reviews. Created and Executive Produced by Chicago native, Lena Waithe told from the Southside of Chicago, providing an insight of the everyday challenges and adversity of Chicago. Lena, best known for her role as Denise on the Netflix series “Master Of None” made history in 2017 becoming the first African American woman to receive an Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series on the hit show (Master Of None”.
The South Side of Chicago carries daily danger, and the smallest and simplest of decisions can have life or death consequences for the residents. Life continues as the kids prep for school and their parents shuffle off to work. The young adults of the area are trying to scrape a living for themselves, while the elders sit on their front porches and observe the goings on. The South Side has the potential to crush dreams, and this coming-of-age series focuses on Kevin, a preteen who embraces the normal rites of childhood, Brandon, who makes a leap of faith to succeed in love and life with Jerrika, Emmett, who seeks guidance from his mother, and Ronnie, who is a drifter struggling to be loved. All of them are linked together by sheer coincidence as they seek redemption.
During a recent Breakfast Club interview Waithe insists she is overwhelmed with the level of support the show has garnered with the trailer and pre-release alone. Viewers feel a sense of reality with the characters and story lines portrayed, because even though story’s have been told about The Chi or most recently dubbed as Chiraq people feel it is often exploited from an outsiders perspective; which as a result prevents viewer from becoming vested or supporting the projects. Waithe says “I hope to go beyond the violent headlines with “The Chi”.
Check out the first episode and tune in on Showtime, Sundays 10p.m.