‘The Chi’ Emmy FYC event: Red carpet interviews with Jason Mitchell, Lena Waithe, Rick Famuyiwa, and Lil Rel Howery [WATCH]

Showtime kicked off Emmy season with an event celebrating the cast and crew of their new series “The Chi” on Friday night. Gold Derby was on the red carpet at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood, CA, and snagged interviews with star Jason Mitchell, creator Lena Waithe, director Rick Famuyiwa, and Lil Rel Howery, who moderated a Q&A that also featured executive producer Common.

The ensemble drama examines life on the Southside of Chicago – like “The Wire” for the midwest. Mitchell plays Brandon Johnson, an aspiring chef whose younger brother (Jahking Guillory) is killed by a man (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) avenging the death of his surrogate son. Famuyiwa helmed the pilot episode and served as an executive producer throughout the first season.

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Waithe made Emmy history last year by becoming the first black woman to win Best Comedy Writing for “Master of None.” The Netflix show also brought her a Writer’s Guild Nomination this year for Best Comedy Series Writing. Can she add more trophies to her shelf for “The Chi”?

It certainly helps that reviews have been glowing. Ben Travers (Indiewire) praises its ability to acknowledge “the complexity of its city through the complexity of its characters.” Ashley Ray-Harris (The AV Club) calls it “the most realistic depiction of Chicago television has to offer right now.” And Maureen Ryan (Variety) believes the show “transforms the word ‘Chicago’ from something approaching an epithet into a three-dimensional place, a city in which a believable array of human beings live their lives and try to overcome the difficulties in their paths.”

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Click on any name below to be taken to their full interview:

Jason Mitchell, who plays Brandon Johnson

Lena Waithe, creator and executive producer

Rick Famuyiwa, director and executive producer

Lil Rel Howery, event moderator

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