Power Book III: Raising Kanan

Power Book III: Raising Kanan is an American crime drama television series created by Sascha Penn that premiered on July 18, 2021 on Starz.[1] It is a prequel and second spin-off to Power.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan
GenreCrime drama
Created bySascha Penn
Based onPower created by Courtney A. Kemp
Starring
Narrated by50 Cent
Opening theme"Part of the Game" by 50 Cent and NLE Choppa
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
  • Courtney A. Kemp
  • 50 Cent
  • Sasha Penn
  • Rob Hardy
  • Kevin Fox
  • Danielle De Jesus
  • Chris Salek
  • Mark Canton
  • Shana Stein
  • Bart Wenrich
Producers
  • Anita Gibson
  • Frank L. Fleming
  • Dorothy Canton
  • Tim Christenson
  • David Prace
Running time50–60 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkStarz
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 18, 2021 (2021-07-18) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byPower Book II: Ghost
Followed byPower Book IV: Force
RelatedPower

In July 2021, the series was renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere.[2] The second season premiered on August 14, 2022.[3] On August 11, the series was renewed for a third season ahead of its second season premiere.[4]

PremiseEdit

Set in the 1990s, Raising Kanan chronicles the early years of Kanan Stark (the character first played by executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson), as he gets into the drug game.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Patina Miller as Raquel Thomas, Kanan's mother; one of two major drug lords of Queens[5]
  • London Brown as Marvin Thomas, Kanan's uncle. He is Raq and Lou’s older brother[6]
  • Malcolm Mays as Louis “Lou-Lou” Thomas, Kanan's uncle. He is Raq and Marvin’s younger brother[6]
  • Joey Bada$$ as Unique, Raq's rival drug lord[6]
  • Shanley Caswell as Shannon Burke
  • Hailey Kilgore as LaVerne "Jukebox" Thomas, Kanan's cousin and Marvin’s daughter[7]
  • Toby Sandeman as Symphony Bosket, Raq's boyfriend[6]
  • Lovie Simone as Davina Harrison, Kanan's girlfriend (season 1)[8]
  • Omar Epps as Malcolm Howard, NYPD Detective and Kanan's biological father [9]
  • Mekai Curtis as Kanan Stark[10]
  • Antonio Ortiz as Shawn 'Famous' Figueroa, Kanan's best friend and aspiring rapper (season 2, recurring season 1)
  • Grantham Coleman as Ronnie Mathis (season 3)[11]

RecurringEdit

  • AnnaLynne McCord as Toni Deep
  • Natalee Linez as Jessica Figueroa, Famous' manager and sister and Lou's ex-girlfriend[12]
  • Ade Chike Torbert as Scrappy, one of Raq’s most trusted soldiers[13]
  • Annabelle Zasowski as Nicole Bingham, Jukebox’s girlfriend (season 1)[12]
  • Quincy Brown as Crown Camacho, record label owner/producer of Bulletproof Records[14]
  • John Clay III as Worrell, Unique’s right hand man
  • Lebrodrick Benson as Cj
  • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Deen, distributor of the drugs to Unique and Raquel Thomas[15]
  • LeToya Luckett as Kenya Pierce, Jukebox’s mother and Marvin’s ex who left the family to make it as a professional singer in Los Angeles. (season 2)[16]
  • Omar Dorsey as Cartier "Duns" Fareed (season 2)[16]
  • Krystal Joy Brown as Renée Timmons (season 2)[16]
  • Danny Mastrogiorgio as Jimmy (season 2)
  • Paulina Singer as Zisa, Lou’s new aspiring singer (season 2) [16]
  • Michael Rispoli as Sal Boselli, Mafia Don of NJ (season 2) [17]
  • Paloma Guzman as Detective Regina Foyle[17]
  • KJ Smith as Palomar, Corinne's mother & Kanan's ex lover (season 2)
  • Josephine Lawrence as Corinne, Palomar's daughter & Kanan's love interest (season 2)
  • Chyna Layne as Andrea, Howard's ex lover (season 2)
  • Tony Danza as Stefano Marchetti (season 3; guest season 2)[18]

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110July 18, 2021 (2021-07-18)September 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)
210August 14, 2022 (2022-08-14)October 23, 2022 (2022-10-23)

Season 1 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Back in the Day"Rob HardySascha PennJuly 18, 2021 (2021-07-18)0.438[19]
22"Reaping and Sowing"Mario Van PeeblesBashir Gavriel & Sascha PennJuly 25, 2021 (2021-07-25)0.392[20]
33"Stick and Move"Lisa LeoneJosef SawyerAugust 1, 2021 (2021-08-01)0.307[21]
44"Don't Sleep"Hernan OtañoSanta SierraAugust 8, 2021 (2021-08-08)0.378[22]
55"Choose Your Battles"Eif RiveraMike FlynnAugust 15, 2021 (2021-08-15)0.386[23]
66"Level Up"Kieron HawkesDylan C. BrownAugust 29, 2021 (2021-08-29)0.348[24]
77"Stay in Your Lane"Lisa LeoneNina ManniSeptember 5, 2021 (2021-09-05)0.270[25]
88"The Cost of Business"Hernan OtañoTash GraySeptember 12, 2021 (2021-09-12)0.418[26]
99"Loyal to the End"Bart WenrichMatt K. TurnerSeptember 19, 2021 (2021-09-19)0.486[27]
1010"Paid in Full"Rob HardyKevin FoxSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)0.458[28]

Season 2 (2022)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
111"The More Things Change"Mario Van PeeblesSascha PennAugust 14, 2022 (2022-08-14)0.345[29]
122"Mind Your Business"Eif RiveraSanta SierraAugust 21, 2022 (2022-08-21)0.269[30]
133"Sleeping Dogs"Shana SteinNina ManniAugust 28, 2022 (2022-08-28)0.232[31]
144"Pay the Toll"Monty DeGraffDylan C. BrownSeptember 4, 2022 (2022-09-04)0.211[32]
155"What Happens in the Catskills"Hernán OtañoTash GraySeptember 11, 2022 (2022-09-11)0.206[33]
166"It's a Business, Man"Bart WenrichMike FlynnSeptember 18, 2022 (2022-09-18)0.213[34]
177"No Love Lost"Joy T. LaneJosef SawyerOctober 2, 2022 (2022-10-02)0.220[35]
188"A House Is Not a Home"Stacey Muhammad, Monty DeGraffMatt K. TurnerOctober 9, 2022 (2022-10-09)0.235[36]
199"Anti-Trust"Erica WatsonKevin FoxOctober 16, 2022 (2022-10-16)0.210[37]
2010"If Y'Dont Know, Now Y'Know"Rob HardySascha Penn, Naja RayneOctober 23, 2022 (2022-10-23)0.273[38]

ProductionEdit

The series was first announced in February 2020.[39] On July 12, 2021, Starz renewed the series for a second season ahead of its premiere.[2] The second season premiered on August 14, 2022.[3] On August 11, 2022, ahead of its second season premiere, Starz renewed the series for a third season.[4]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 9.33/10, based on 6 critic reviews.[40]

RatingsEdit

Season 1Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Power Book III: Raising Kanan
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Back in the Day" July 18, 2021 0.1 0.438[19]
2 "Reaping and Sowing" July 25, 2021 0.1 0.392[20]
3 "Stick and Move" August 1, 2021 0.1 0.307[21]
4 "Don't Sleep" August 8, 2021 0.1 0.378[22]
5 "Choose Your Battles" August 15, 2021 0.1 0.386[23]
6 "Level Up" August 29, 2021 0.1 0.348[24]
7 "Stay in Your Lane" September 5, 2021 0.1 0.270[25]
8 "The Cost of Business" September 12, 2021 0.1 0.418[26]
9 "Loyal to the End" September 19, 2021 0.2 0.486[27]
10 "Paid in Full" September 26, 2021 0.1 0.458[28]

Season 2Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Power Book III: Raising Kanan
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "The More Things Change" August 14, 2022 0.1 0.345[29]
2 "Mind Your Business" August 21, 2022 0.1 0.269[30]
3 "Sleeping Dogs" August 28, 2022 0.1 0.232[31]
4 "Pay the Toll" September 4, 2022 0.1 0.211[32]
5 "What Happens in the Catskills" September 11, 2022 0.0 0.206[33]
6 "It's a Business, Man" September 18, 2022 0.0 0.213[34]
7 "No Love Lost" October 2, 2022 0.1 0.220[35]
8 "A House Is Not a Home" October 9, 2022 0.1 0.235[36]
9 "Anti-Trust" October 16, 2022 0.1 0.210[37]
10 "If Y'Dont Know, Now Y'Know" October 23, 2022 0.1 0.273[38]

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