Starz' popular Spartacus series may have ended, but that is not stopping the premium cable channel from aggressively moving forward with several new original series. Besides the swashbuckling pirate show Black Sails, we will be seeing the medieval-England series The White Queen, along with the fantasy series Outlander.
Now, reports are in that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will be executive producing the drama series Power, created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife), who will serve as showrunner.
According to Deadline, Jackson will be joined by producers Mark Canton (300) and Randall Emmett (End Of Watch). The show will follow a nightclub owner named James “Ghost” St. Patrick, whose dream of building a Fortune 500 empire is complicated by his secret life as a major drug kingpin. Says Starz CEO Chris Albrecht:
“Curtis has a unique and specific vision for the series, lending it an authenticity and voice rarely seen. Courtney has created a rich world and characters not often explored in contemporary drama. There is a rawness and soul to the character of Ghost as he struggles to live between these two worlds.”
Jackson came up with the idea for the show with Canton and Emmett and then approached Agboh, whose work on The Good Wife brought in CBS TV Studios, who will be producing Power for Starz. According to Canton, “Curtis wanted to do a modern family drama and a show with music as integral component.” There are no details on whether or not Jackson will be playing the main character, but along with executive producing and providing several original songs, he will be appearing at some point.
According to showrunner Agboh, Power will explore,
“a world of beauty, luxury, danger and death, all against the struggle of one man to define his nature and his soul. While the power and peril of Ghost’s world are specific, we hope to address the truly universal questions we all face when we look in the mirror: who am I? Where am I going? Who do I want to become?”
While Showtime and HBO seem to stay within their proven ground when it comes to their original series (Game of Thrones being a notable exception), Starz has set up a variety of different genres, from period drama (Magic City) to The White Queen's 15th century England to the high-seas action of Black Sails. Power sounds like their attempt to rival something like Breaking Bad, or perhaps an inverted version of HBO's The Wire - the big-city setting points toward the latter, and 50 Cent's name and brand recognition will definitely draw in an initial audience.
The producers and showrunner involved have experience producing solid content, and while The Good Wife can slide into melodrama, it's a smart and sophisticated show. With Courtney Kemp Agboh taking the reins for the show's initial eight-episode order, Power could be worth a look.
No details on casting or a premiere date for Power yet, but stay tuned.