Common's 'The Chi' Drama to Debut on Showtime Jan. 7

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Common attends Tribeca Talks: Common with Nelson George during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 23, 2017 in New York City.

Showtime has set a Jan. 7 premiere date for The Chi, a new drama executive produced by rapper and actor Common.

Set and filmed in Chicago, the show was created by Lena Waithe. Elwood Reid is executive producing and serving as showrunner.

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Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Mitchell Diggs will also executive produce for Wu Films on the project.

The cable network described the series as "a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption."

The ensemble cast includes Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Armando Riesco and Tiffany Boone.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.