A product of Emmy-award-winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a popular drama that centers on a Chicago neighborhood, its families, and the bond between them. It’s filmed entirely in Chicago. The scripted series premiered in January of 2018, with Season 2 following in April 2019, and Season 3 upon us in late June of 2020, with 30 episodes in total.
Fans are so into The Chi on Showtime that while Season 3 is airing now, they’re already asking if the series has been renewed for a fourth season.
So will there be a Season 4 of ‘The Chi’?
We have our fingers crossed, but can’t make any promises — yet. Showtime has yet to announce a Season 4, and also hasn’t shared news about a cancellation, so the future of the show remains to be seen. Its current status is “not renewed yet,” and fans are holding out hope.
Season 3 ratings for 'The Chi' look promising.
The third season of The Chi averages a 0.13 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 401,000 viewers. What does that mean? It means the series is up 1 percent in viewership compared to Season 2, reports say.
That may not sound like a lot, but consider this: Season 2 was one of Showtime’s highest-rated series. Since its ratings are still climbing, even marginally, it may still be a front-runner for the network.
But the Season 3 announcement came during Season 2.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the network picked up The Chi for Season 3 part-way through Season 2.
At the time, Showtime Entertainment President Gary Levine said the show "revels in revealing the beating heart of the South Side of Chicago. 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 three."
But no such statement for Season 4 has been made, and the Season 3 finale is about to air. And naturally, this leads to thinking that an announcement — and thus, a new season — may not be coming after all.
But on the flip side, we are mid-pandemic, and networks, studios, and filming is impacted by it just like the viewers at home, which could help justify a delay in lieu of a cancellation.
And the show has not been without drama of its own.
The Chi has made headlines outside of plot, cast, and future, surrounding cast member Jason’s Mitchell’s noticeable absence in Season 3. Jason played Brandon in the first two seasons, but was let go after misconduct allegations surfaced. After being confronted, the behavior continued, and he was fired, as Variety reports. Jason was reportedly released from the Netflix movie Desperado under the same premises.
On The Chi, Jason’s character was killed off — an intentional handling of the situation.
“There is a lot of great life in ‘The Chi’ and there’s also death in ‘The Chi’ and that’s how we’ll be dealing with it,” the network shared nearly a year before Season 3 was aired, when the decision had already been made.
We’ll let you know about Season 4 as soon as we do!