Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has never been one to hold his tongue, and that’s been especially true when it comes to his hit Starz series, Power. The highly popular and #1 rated series on the cable network has a massive fan base. Despite its success, Power— which stars Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug dealer and club owner living a double life— has been ignored during award season.
Series executive producer 50 Cent is extremely frustrated with Starz network. On Monday, he took to his Instagram account to post a cryptic message that said, “I woke up feeling a little different about POWER this morning. If the biggest show on your network doesn’t mean anything, what does your network mean STARZ? I’m taking my talents to south beach fu*k this.”
This past Sunday saw one of the most explosive episodes of the series thus far, with two major characters Juke Box (Anika Noni Rose) and Julio (J.R. Ramirez) getting killed off. It was A LOT and felt a bit rushed for many fans. The episode wasn’t supposed to go down that way. Power creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp wanted the storyline to unfold over two- episodes which would give room for additional storylines. Starz would not sign off on the extra episode.
“Unfortunately, Starz would not give us the extra episode,” Kemp told Entertainment Weekly. “I asked them for 12 episodes for season four, and they would not do it. So because they would not do it, we had to make it one episode.”
Power has certainly had some unexpected twists and turns, but it doesn’t seem right that Starz won’t give their highest rated show room to breathe and grow. We’re not sure if 50 Cent could actually get the show pulled from the network, but we do know that he (and his character Kanan) can always walk away.
Only time will tell. Until then, we better buckle up for what will surely be a tumultuous remainder of Season 4.
Power airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.