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STARZ Announces Three More 'Power' Spinoffs

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By Adreon Patterson

As the STARZ crime drama Power prepared to air its series finale episode tonight, the network and showrunner and creator Courtney Kemp have announced that three more Power spin-offs were in the works.

The runaway success of the original has not only given the premium cable network a foothold in the television landscape but a plethora of stories to tell about these beloved characters.

Each series will follow series staples - ranging from a prequel to continuations - as the original comes to an end.

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Power Book II: Raising Kanan is a prequel set in the 1990s highlighting the early years of Ghost's former mentor turned rival Kanan Stark, played by rapper-turned-actor Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson.

His character was killed off in season 5 by Ghost's son Tariq in a double-cross moment.

Jackson has served as an executive producer of the series since it began, with his production company G-Unit Films and Television Inc. alongside CBS Television Studios, End of Episode, Inc., Mawuli Productions and Atmosphere Television.

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Power Book IV: Influence will follow James/Ghost's community partner and politician Rashad Tate (played by film and television veteran Larenz Tate) as he continues his pursuit of political power in his run for governor.

Tate went from being a recurring character in the fourth season before becoming a series regular in seasons five and six.

Being able to explore more of Richard outside of Ghost would be refreshing to see more about the former officer-turned-politician and more of his story.

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Power Book V: Force will be centered on Ghost's long-time partner and best friend Tommy Egan (played by actor Joseph Sikora) after he cuts ties with his New York past for good, as he heads for California to start a life after the murder of Ghost.

The last season of the hit series had Tommy questioning his place in New York so the move to California makes sense.

The new setting will bring along new characters for Tommy to interact with (even though, members of the OG Power cast could pop up).

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STARZ CEO and president Jeffrey Hirsch commented on the series' impact on the network as well as the franchise's future.

“In television history, only a select few shows have inspired four consecutive series extensions, launched into active production and development at the same time,” stated Hirsch. “These new and exciting chapters will continue the journey of some of ‘Power’s’ most controversial characters while featuring a growing ensemble of complex, distinct characters along with the high-octane drama that set Power in a class of its own.”

The three spinoffs will join the previously-announced Power Book II: Ghost, which picks up where the original series leaves off. It will star the Queen of Hip Hop Soul and Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige and hip-hop legend Method Man as well as several Power alumni.

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Along with the spinoffs, STARZ announced that all six seasons of Power will be available on its international platform STARZPLAY, which will allow subscribers worldwide to access content along with those in the U.S.

Kemp teased more shows from the Power universe were in the works by stating, “We will follow some of your beloved ‘Power’ characters beyond the scope of the initial series.”

Last year, the premium network announced that the sixth season of the series would be it's last. The series remained remarkably popular throughout its series run, averaging 10 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms during the last two seasons.

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