‘The Chi’: Justin Hillian Named New Showrunner As Ayanna Floyd Davis Exits; Birgundi Baker Upped To Series Regular; Luke James, La La Anthony & Lil Rel Howery To Recur

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Production is underway on Season 3 of Showtime’s The Chi with a new showrunner and executive producer. Writer Justin Hillian (Snowfall) will run the upcoming third season, replacing Ayanna Floyd Davis, Showtime said today. Additionally Birgundi Baker, who plays Kiesha, has been promoted to series regular, and Luke James, La La Anthony (Power) and Lil Rel Howery have signed on to recurring roles.

The showrunner change follows the exit last season of Jason Mitchell, one of the series’ leads, who was let go in May over allegations of inappropriate behavior. Floyd previously issued a statement that producer and creator Lena Waithe was made aware of complaints against Mitchell during the show’s first season, but he was still written in to return for the show’s third season. Mitchell was cut after Season 2 had wrapped.

“When I took the helm in season two,
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