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Rapper 50 Cent continued to expand his media reach on Friday. His new drama Power just received a series order from Starz.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is executive producer of the series with The Good Wife’s Courtney Kemp Agboh. She will also act as showrunner.
Power centers on James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a New York nightclub owner trying to turn his place into a respectable business. The only problem is that he has another life as a drug dealer working with elite clients. He tries to end that side of his life, but it continues to haunt his aspirations and his family.
“We are thrilled to add Power to our growing original programming lineup for 2014,” Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht said in a press release. “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 that we believe will leave an indelible mark on the audience and stay with them after the credits roll.”
The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios with Randall Emmett and Mark Canton as executive producers. Each episode will run for an hour and the first season will have eight episodes, like other Starz shows.
Starz also announced this week that it is developing Monsters of God, a period drama set in 1867 Texas during the Comanche Wars. It was created by Rod Lurie (The Contender, Straw Dogs) and is from Plan B Entertainment.
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