Showtime is booking a return trip to The Chi: The inner-city drama from Emmy winner Lena Waithe has been renewed for a third season.
“The Chi revels in revealing the beating heart of the South Side of Chicago,” Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine said in a statement. “We, like our viewers, have fallen in love with these characters and we remain eager to see where Lena and her fellow artists will take them in Season 3.”
Fox’s Empire will also strike back for another year, with the network renewing the music-tinged soap for Season 6 — but without embattled star Jussie Smollett.
In announcing Empire‘s Season 6 renewal, Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn said the show “continues to break barriers with its emotionally powerful storytelling, and it remains a core part of the Fox legacy. We want to thank everyone on the show… all of whom have done a tremendous job this season. We know there are so many more stories to tell, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for Season 6.”