The hit series, “Godfather Of Harlem”, has been renewed for a fourth season by MGM+ (formerly known as EPIX) following its success as the number one acquisition driver for the platform, as well as being one of the platform’s most popular original series.
Inspired by actual persons and events, Godfather of Harlem reimagines the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Academy Award- winner Forest 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 (Nigél 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. While this story is inspired by actual events, certain characters, characterizations, incidents, locations and dialogue were fictionalized or invented for purposes of dramatization. With respect to such fictionalization or invention, any similarity to the name or to the actual character or history of any person, living or dead, or any product or entity or actual incident is entirely for dramatic purpose and not intended to reflect on an actual character, history, product or entity.
The fourth season will continue the story of Bumpy Johnson’s bloody war, and production will begin next year on the ten-episode series in New York.
Forest Whitaker said in a statement regarding the fourth season:
“After such a long time away, I’m so excited to be returning to set alongside such an incredible cast, crew, and creative team, under the powerful leadership of Chris Brancato. We’re so appreciative of Michael Wright’s support at MGM+, and thrilled that Godfather of Harlem has resonated with fans around the world. We can’t wait to get to work on season four!”
The show is executive-produced by Chris Brancato, who also said in a statement:
“I’m so gratified to continue my creative partnership with Michael Wright, his MGM+ team, and ABC Signature. This show has been a labor of love, and we dedicate this season to Paul Eckstein, my friend and co-creator, who passed unexpectedly this summer.”
The show is also produced by Paul Eckstein, Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson, and Markuann Smith. Swizz Beatz serves as executive music producer.
“Godfather Of Harlem” is produced by Disney’s ABC Signature Studios, and previous seasons of the show are also available to stream on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in Canada. As with other long-standing licensed shows, it might be a while until the fourth season is also available to stream on a Disney platform.
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