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Review of "The Chi" 6/14/18 by Suzanne
airs Sundays on Showtime

This is very well done. I can see why they already renewed it for a second season. It takes place in the south side of Chicago. We meet various characters in the area. It seems like a nice show, but kind of boring, but then something horrible happens. The story really draws you in after that and makes you want to see more. It's really my sort of show. It's very realistic and somewhat violent. I would watch it if I didn't have so many other shows to watch. I might find time to watch it, anyway, at some point, since there are only 10 episodes.

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Created and executive produced by Emmy® winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Common and Elwood Reid, THE CHI explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago. Shot entirely in its namesake city, THE CHI is a timely coming-of-age story for all ages, centering on a group of residents who become linked by circumstance but bond over the need for connection and redemption.

In THE CHI, Brandon (Jason Mitchell) the dreamer makes his own nearly impossible leap of faith to succeed in life and love with girlfriend Jerrika (Tiffany Boone); Emmett (Jacob Latimore) is the carefree teen thrust into complex responsibilities with guidance from his mother Jada (Yolonda Ross); and Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is the drifter whose struggle for reciprocal love calls into question his every pursuit. Pre-teen Kevin (Alex Hibbert), an unwitting eyewitness, must step past shattered illusions to return to the normal rites and passages of a childhood interrupted. They’re all under the watchful eye of law enforcement, but Detective Cruz (Armando Riesco), a good neighborhood cop, works every case with justice, not incarceration, as his end goal. Their collective yearning to make their lives worthwhile and to overcome the roadblocks society has laid out for them, as well as their own personal flaws, drives the storytelling in this arresting, deeply felt series.

Alongside an ensemble cast that includes Mitchell, Latimore, Mwine, Hibbert, Ross, Boone and Riesco, recurring on THE CHI are Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory and Steven Williams. In addition to Waithe, Common and Reid, Aaron Kaplan executive produces along with Rick Famuyiwa, who also directed the premiere episode, and Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone of Freedom Road. Reid serves as showrunner. The series is produced by Fox 21.

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CAST

JASON MITCHELL

-       “Brandon”

JACOB LATIMORE

-       “Emmett”                                                       

NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE

-       “Ronnie”

ALEX HIBBERT

-       “Kevin”

YOLONDA ROSS

-       “Jada”

TIFFANY BOONE

-       “Jerrika”

ARMANDO RIESCO

-       “Det. Rick Cruz”                                                      

 

GUEST STARS

(In Alphabetical Order)

 

TYLA ABERCRUMBIE

-       “Nina”

DAVID ALAN ANDERSON

-       “Greavy”

BYRON BOWERS

-       “Meldrick”

COMMON

-       “Rafiq”

BEHZAD DABU

-       “Amir”

TAI DAVIS

-       “Tracy”

KRISTINA EMERSON

-       “Sarah”

BARTON FITZPATRICK

-       “Reg”

JOSE ANTONIO GARCIA

-       “Mr. Gasca”

JAHKING GUILLORY

-       “Coogie”

HANNAHA HALL

-       “Tiffany”

BRIAN KING

-       “Detective Wallace”

TOSIN MOROHUNFOLA

-       “Trice”

SONJA SOHN

-       “Laverne”

MALKIA STAMPLEY

-       “Karen”

STEVEN WILLIAMS

-       “Quentin”

CEDRIC YOUNG

-       “Sonny”

 

CO-STARS

(In Alphabetical Order)

 

BIRGUNDI BAKER

-       “Kiesha”

SHAMON BROWN

-       “Papa”

MICHAEL EPPS

-       “Jake”

MARIAH GORDON

-       “Andrea”

AMRO SALAMA

-       “Habib”

 

PRODUCTION

Executive Producer/Showrunner                         

-       ELWOOD REID

Creator/Executive Producer/Writer                      

-       LENA WAITHE

Executive Producer                                                

-       AARON KAPLAN

Executive Producer/Director                                 

-       RICK FAMUYIWA

Executive Producer                                                

-       COMMON

Executive Producer                                                

-       DEREK DUDLEY

Executive Producer                                                

-       SHELBY STONE

Co-Executive Producer                                          

-       DAVID RODRIGUEZ

Co-Executive Producer                                          

-       ADAM GLASS

Producer                                                                   

-       BARRY BERG

Consulting Producer                                              

-       ZACH STRAUSS

Casting by                                                                

-       CHRISTAL KARGE, CSA

-       MARISA ROSS, CSA

Director of Photography                                        

-       LOREN YACONELLI

Production Designer                                              

-       BRET TANZER

Costume Designer                                                 

-       LIZZIE COOK

Music Supervisor                                                    

-       BARRY COLE


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