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Lena Waithe’s New Showtime Series The Chi Already Looks Like a Must-Watch

Ever since I first got to know her work on Master of None, especially the awesomeness that was the Emmy-winning “Thanksgiving” episode, which she co-wrote with show creator, Aziz Ansari, I’ve been down for anything Lena Waithe-related. Well now, she’s got her own show coming to Showtime, and it looks amazing! Check out the trailer above!

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It’s called The Chi, and according to the Showtime website:

“On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. The Chi is a powerful coming-of-age drama series about an interconnected group of working-class African-Americans who remind us that no matter what, the human spirit is strong and hope never dies.”

The cast as they appear in the trailer look absolutely charming, and love that the show seems to strike a perfect balance between dealing with serious issues facing the black community in Chicago, and also letting the characters be light, and sometimes funny, and sometimes silly. Shocker of shockers: they get to just be people!

Huh. Someone should tell the television industry that having creators from diverse communities creating shows about those communities provides more nuanced storytelling, amirite? Surely, they’ll wanna start doing this all the time!

The Chi, which is co-Executive Produced by Waithe, Common, Elwood Reid (who will also serve as showrunner), Fox 21 TV Studios, and Aaron Kaplan through his Kapital Entertainmentis set to premiere on Showtime on January 7th. Will you be watching?

(via Lena Waithe on Twitter, image: screencap)

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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