Power Book II: Ghost

Power Book II: Ghost is an American drama television series created by Courtney A. Kemp that premiered on September 6, 2020 on Starz.[1] The series is both a sequel and spin-off to Power.

Power Book II: Ghost
GenreCrime drama
Created byCourtney A. Kemp
Based onPower created by Courtney A. Kemp
Starring
Opening theme"Big Rich Town" by 50 Cent and Joe
ComposerJeff Russo
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
Running time56–68 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkStarz
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 6, 2020 (2020-09-06) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byPower
Followed byPower Book III: Raising Kanan
Power Book IV: Force
Power Book V: Influence

In December 2021, the series was renewed for a third season.[2]

PremiseEdit

Ghost follows Tariq navigating his new life, in which his desire to shed his father's legacy comes up against the mounting pressure to save his family. Along the way, Tariq gets entangled in the affairs of the cutthroat Tejada family, adding further complications as he tries to balance his drug operations with his education, love life, family affairs, and mounting pressure from Cooper Saxe.

Cast and charactersEdit

Character Portrayed by Seasons
1 2 3
Tariq St. Patrick Michael Rainey Jr. Main
Cooper Saxe Shane Johnson Main
Brayden Weston Gianni Paolo Main
Caridad “Carrie” Milgram Melanie Liburd Main Does not appear
Dru Tejada Lovell Adams-Gray Main
Ezekiel “Zeke” Cross Daniel Bellomy Main Does not appear
Tameika Washington Quincy Tyler Bernstine Main Guest Does not appear
Lauren Baldwin Paige Hurd Main Does not appear
Lorenzo “Cane” Tejada Woody McClain Main
Jabari Reynolds Justin Marcel McManus Main Guest Does not appear
Davis MacLean Method Man Main
Diana Tejada LaToya Tonodeo Main
Monet Stweart Tejada Mary J. Blige Main
Tasha St. Patrick Naturi Naughton Main Guest Does not appear
Dante “Mecca” Spears Daniel Sunjata Does not appear Main Does not appear
Jenny Sullivan Paton Ashbrook Guest Main
Lorenzo Tejada Sr. Berto Colon Recurring Main
Effie Morales Alix Lapri Recurring Main
Rashad Tate Larenz Tate Recurring Main
Harper Bonet Keesha Sharp Does not appear Main
Lucas Weston David Walton Does not appear Main
Blanca Rodriguez Monique Curnen Recurring Guest Main
Kiki Travis Moriah Brown Does not appear Main

MainEdit

  • Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick, the son of James "Ghost" St. Patrick and Tasha Green-St. Patrick, who is slowly following in his father's footsteps as a drug dealer
  • Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe, the attorney protecting Tariq, despite failed attempts to catch Ghost
  • Gianni Paolo as Brayden Weston, Tariq's best friend and business partner from Choate, as well as current roommate at Stansfield
  • Melanie Liburd as Caridad "Carrie" Milgram, one of Tariq's professors who had a secret relationship with Zeke (seasons 1-2)
  • Lovell Adams-Gray as Dru Tejada, the artistic middle child of Monet and Lorenzo and brother of Cane and Diana who is secretly gay
  • Daniel Bellomy as Ezekiel "Zeke" Cross, Monet's hidden son with Mecca and Carrie's new love interest (seasons 1-2)
  • Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Tameika Washington, an attorney formerly affiliated with Saxe (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Paige Hurd as Lauren Baldwin, Tariq's former classmate and ex-girlfriend (seasons 1-2)
  • Woody McClain as Lorenzo "Cane" Tejada Jr., the ruthless eldest child of Monet and Lorenzo and brother of Dru and Diana
  • Justin Marcel McManus as Jabari Reynolds, Carrie's ex-boyfriend and Tariq's professor (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Method Man as Davis MacLean, Tasha and later Tariq and the Tejada's lawyer who looks to win at all costs
  • LaToya Tonodeo as Diana Tejada, the youngest child of Monet and Lorenzo and sister of Dru and Cane who is also in the drug business but has aspirations of going to school
  • Mary J. Blige as Monet Stewart Tejada, queenpin and second-in-command of the Tejada drug cartel, mother of Cane, Dru, Diana, and secretly Zeke
  • Naturi Naughton as Tasha St. Patrick, Tariq's mother and Ghost's wife (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Daniel Sunjata as Dante "Mecca" Spears, Cane's new business associate, a former associate of Felipe Lobos and Monet's old flame, the father of their secret son, Zeke (season 2)[3]
  • Paton Ashbrook as Jenny Sullivan, an attorney working on the Jabari Reynolds case, who's sleeping with Saxe (season 2-present;[4] guest season 1)
  • Berto Colon as Lorenzo Tejada Sr., Monet's husband, the leader of the Tejada operation and father to Cane, Dru and Diana (season 2-present;[4] recurring season 1)
  • Alix Lapri as Effie Morales, Tariq's drug dealer ex-girlfriend at Choate and his new business partner, the two rekindled their relationship in the process (season 2-present;[4] recurring season 1)
  • Larenz Tate as Councilman Rashad Tate, Ghost's former political rival and now, an ethics professor at Stansfield (season 2-present;[5] recurring season 1)
  • Keesha Sharp as Professor Harper Bonet (season 3)[6]
  • David Walton as Lucas Weston (season 3)[7]
  • Monique Curnen as NYPD Detective Blanca Rodriguez, an NYPD officer who investigated Ghost in the past (season 3; recurring season 1, guest season 2)[7]
  • Moriah Brown as Kiki Travis (season 3)[7]

RecurringEdit

  • Kathleen Garrett as Judge Nina Larkin, the judge presiding over Tasha St. Patrick's case (season 1)
  • Debbi Morgan as Estelle Green, Tasha's mother and Tariq and Yas' grandmother
  • Paris Morgan as Yasmine St. Patrick, Tariq's little sister and Ghost and Tasha's daughter
  • Victor Garber as Simon Stern, Ghost's former business partner
  • Mark Feuerstein as Steven Ott, the representative of the political party Ghost was part of
  • Sung Kang as John Mak, an attorney formerly involved in the Lobos-Ghost investigation (season 1)
  • Sherri Saum as Paula Matarazzo, top investigator and right hand of Davis (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Shalim Ortiz as Danilo Ramirez, an NYPD officer stationed in the Tejadas' backyard of Queens, NY, and Monet's ex-boyfriend before Cane killed him (season 1)
  • Lightskin Keisha as BruShandria Carmichael, Tariq's classmate
  • Brandi Denise Boyd as Epiphany Turner, a stripper single mom, who worked together with Tasha (season 1)
  • Cory Jeacoma as Trace Weston, Brayden's entitled brother
  • Marcus Anderson Jr. as Lil' Guap, the Tejada's former partner, before Tariq, who frequently worked with Cane before being killed by Dru (seasons 1-2)
  • Brittani Tucker as Chelle, Rel's ex-girlfriend now Cane's girlfriend (season 1)
  • Andrea Lee Christensen as Riley Saxe-Merchant, Cooper's niece and Brayden's new love interest (season 1)
  • Bradley Gibson as Everett Neal, a member of Zeke's basketball team and Dru's new love interest
  • Geoffrey Owens, as Daniel Warren, a lawyer Ghost trusted with the handling of his will and assets
  • Michael J. Ferguson as Francis "2-Bit" Johnson, a convicted felon formerly associated with Andre Coleman and Tommy Egan (season 1)
  • Laz Alonso as Samuel Santana, a detective investigating the death of the GTG assassin on the faculty grounds (season 1)
  • Jimmy Saito as Chef Eric Kamura, Mecca's right-hand man and chef (season 2)
  • Jeff Hephner as Kevin Whitman, the lead detective investigating Jabari's murder (season 2)
  • Lahmard Tate as Kamaal Tate, Rashad's brother who is a police officer (season 2)[4]
  • Frank Whaley as Judge Kenneth Lucas, the judge presiding over Tariq's case (season 2)[8]
  • Zephani Idoko as Stephanie, Davis MacLean's Stylist (season 2)
  • Petey McGee as Salim Ashe Freeman (season 3)[9]
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe as Ron Samuel Jenkins aka RSJ (season 3)[10]
  • Kyle Vincent Terry as Obi (season 3)[10]
  • Caroline Chikezie as Noma (season 3)[10]
  • Lauren Vélez as Evelyn Castillo, Frank's wife, who shows up after her husband has gone missing (guest season 2; season 3)

Guest starsEdit

  • David Zayas as Uncle Frank Castillo, a relative of the Tejadas who tried to set them up (season 1)
  • Glynn Turman as Gabriel, uncle to Ghost (season 1)
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez as Paz Valdes, Angela Valdes' sister (season 1)
  • Jeff Auer as Robert Weston, the patriarch of the Weston family
  • Angel Reda as Nicole Weston, wife to Robert and mother to Brayden, Trace and Becca
  • Donshea Hopkins as Raina St. Patrick, Tariq's twin sister
  • Luenell Campbell as Ms. Richards, Spanky's mother (season 1)
  • Jackie Long as Rico Barnes, the man who provides the drugs for the Tejadas to distribute (season 1)
  • Joseph Sikora as Tommy Egan, Ghost's best friend, Tariq's godfather and surrogate uncle and Cash's surrogate father (season 1)
  • Denim Roberson as Cash Grant, LaKeisha Grant's son and Tommy's surrogate son (season 1)
  • Redman as Theo Rollins, Davis' older brother who is in prison (season 2)[11]
  • 50 Cent as Kanan Stark, Ghost's old friend and Tariq's mentor of sort, whom he got killed and has nightmares of (season 2)
  • Alani "La La" Anthony as LaKeisha Grant, Tommy's ex and Tasha's former best friend, who was murdered by her in order to protect Tariq (season 2)
  • Marcus Callender as Raymond "Ray Ray" Walker, the corrupt cop who murdered Raina St. Patrick and became Tariq's first victim (season 2)
  • Jerry Ferrara as Joseph Proctor, Ghost and Tommy's former lawyer who was murdered by the latter, after Tariq allowed him access to his penthouse (season 2)
  • Emeka Okafor as himself and a basketball trainer for Zeke (season 2)

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110September 6, 2020 (2020-09-06)January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)
210November 21, 2021 (2021-11-21)February 6, 2022 (2022-02-06)

Season 1 (2020–21)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"The Stranger"Anthony HemingwayCourtney A. KempSeptember 6, 2020 (2020-09-06)0.680[12]
22"Exceeding Expectations"Marisol AdlerMonica MitchellSeptember 13, 2020 (2020-09-13)0.564[13]
33"Play the Game"Hernan OtañoGabriela Uribe & Aixsha HicianoSeptember 20, 2020 (2020-09-20)0.535[14]
44"The Prince"Shana SteinCharles Ray Hamilton & Julian OuanésSeptember 27, 2020 (2020-09-27)0.566[15]
55"The Gift of the Magi"Erica A. WatsonAndre J. FergusonOctober 4, 2020 (2020-10-04)0.593[16]
66"Good vs. Evil"Eif RiveraGeoffrey ThorneDecember 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)0.587[17]
77"Sex Week"Hernan OtañoMonica Mitchell & Charles Ray HamiltonDecember 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)0.583[18]
88"Family First"Stewart SchillAndre J. Ferguson & Julian OuanésDecember 20, 2020 (2020-12-20)0.468[19]
99"Monster"Bart WenrichGabriela UribeDecember 27, 2020 (2020-12-27)0.560[20]
1010"Heart of Darkness"Rob HardyStory by : Aixsha Hiciano
Teleplay by : Randy Huggins & Aixsha Hiciano
January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)0.617[21]

Season 2 (2021–22)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
111"Free Will is Never Free"Rob HardyBrett MahoneyNovember 21, 2021 (2021-11-21)0.518[22]
122"Selfless Acts?"Stewart SchillMonica MitchellNovember 28, 2021 (2021-11-28)0.526[23]
133"The Greater Good"Brendan WalshKevin J. Hynes & Oneika BarrettDecember 5, 2021 (2021-12-05)0.477[24]
144"Gettin' These Ends"Ruben GarciaCharles Ray HamiltonDecember 12, 2021 (2021-12-12)0.423[25]
155"Coming Home to Roost"Shana SteinAixsha HicianoDecember 19, 2021 (2021-12-19)0.449[26]
166"What's Free?"Nefertite NguvuAndre J. FergusonJanuary 9, 2022 (2022-01-09)0.555[27]
177"Forced My Hand"Hernan OtañoMonica Mitchell & Lacey HerbertJanuary 16, 2022 (2022-01-16)0.522[28]
188"Drug Related"Shana SteinJulian OuanesJanuary 23, 2022 (2022-01-23)0.566[29]
199"A Fair Fight?"Bart WenrichSara Rose FeinbergJanuary 30, 2022 (2022-01-30)0.533[30]
2010"Love and War"Rob HardyGabriela UribeFebruary 6, 2022 (2022-02-06)0.801[31]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On July 26, 2019, Starz announced the straight-to-series order with the news that Mary J. Blige would star.[32] On February 9, 2020, Starz announced the premise of the series.[33] On September 22, 2020, Starz renewed the series for a second season which premiered on November 21, 2021.[34][35] On December 7, 2021, Starz renewed the series for a third season with Brett Mahoney taking over as the showrunner.[2]

CastingEdit

Mary J. Blige was cast on July 26, 2019, with the initial news. On January 14, 2020, Method Man was cast in a main role.[36] The remainder of the main cast was entirely announced on February 9, 2020.[37] On July 21, 2020, Sherri Saum was cast for the series.[38] Two days later, Shalim Ortiz was cast in a recurring role.[39] On February 24, Daniel Sunjata was cast as a new series regular for the second season.[3] On April 27, 2021, Redman joined the cast in a guest starring role for the second season.[11] On June 21, 2021, Paton Ashbrook, Berto Colon, and Alix Lapri were promoted to series regulars while Lahmard Tate joined the cast in a recurring role, reprising his role as Kamaal Tate from the sixth season of Power.[4] On October 1, 2021, Frank Whaley joined the cast in a recurring role for the second season.[8] In January 2022, Keesha Sharp, David Walton, Monique Curnen, and Moriah Brown were cast as series regulars while Petey McGee joined the cast in a recurring role for the third season.[6][7][9] In March 2022, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Kyle Vincent Terry, and Caroline Chikezie were cast in recurring roles for the third season.[10]

ReleaseEdit

The series premiered on September 6, 2020.[1] The series' official trailer was released on August 4, 2020.[40]

ReceptionEdit

Season 1Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Power Book II: Ghost
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "The Stranger" September 6, 2020 0.2 0.680[12]
2 "Exceeding Expectations" September 13, 2020 0.2 0.564[13]
3 "Play the Game" September 20, 2020 0.2 0.535[14]
4 "The Prince" September 27, 2020 0.2 0.566[15]
5 "The Gift of Magi" October 4, 2020 0.2 0.593[16]
6 "Good vs. Evil" December 6, 2020 0.2 0.587[17]
7 "Sex Week" December 13, 2020 0.2 0.583[18]
8 "Family First" December 20, 2020 0.1 0.468[19]
9 "Monster" December 27, 2020 0.2 0.560[20]
10 "Heart of Darkness" January 3, 2021 0.2 0.617[21]

Season 2Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Power Book II: Ghost
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Free Will is Never Free" November 21, 2021 0.1 0.518[22] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Selfless Acts?" November 28, 2021 0.2 0.526[23] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "The Greater Good" December 5, 2021 0.1 0.477[24] 0.1 0.243 0.2 0.720[41]
4 "Gettin' These Ends" December 12, 2021 0.1 0.423[25] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Coming Home to Roost" December 19, 2021 0.1 0.449[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "What's Free?" January 9, 2022 0.1 0.555[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Forced My Hand" January 16, 2022 0.2 0.522[28] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Drug Related" January 23, 2022 0.2 0.566[29] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "A Fair Fight?" January 30, 2022 0.1 0.533[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Love and War" February 6, 2022 0.3 0.801[31] TBD TBD TBD TBD

AccoladesEdit

List of Accolades
Award / Film Festival Year Recipient Nomination Result Ref.
NAACP Image Awards 2021 Power Book II: Ghost Outstanding Drama Series Won [42]
Clifford 'Method Man' Smith Jr Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Mary J. Blige Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won
2022 Clifford 'Method Man' Smith Jr Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won [43]
Mary J. Blige Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Won

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