Godfather of Harlem has received a second season renewal at Epix. The news was announced Wednesday.
The series is led by Forest Whitaker as legendary mob boss Bumpy Johnson. Godfather of Harlem is produced by ABC Signature Studios and had a first season order of ten episodes. It is written by Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein.
“Godfather of Harlem season one was a remarkable success, tripling previous viewership numbers for the network and earning acclaim from both critics and viewers alike. We couldn’t wait to reunite with Chris, Paul, Forest and the team at ABC Signature to continue telling this compelling and extremely relevant story,” said Epix president Michael Wright in a statement.
Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Ilfenesh Hadera, Markuann Smith, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Paul Sorvino and Nigel Thatch also star.
The official description: Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.
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