Sherri Saum joins Power Book II: Ghosts for its first season.
The series, which is a spin-off of Power, picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of “Power” as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed. Not to mention the academic rigors of the Ivy League university Tariq is attending to earn his inheritance.
Tariq is now on his own. And he is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of getting out of jail and escaping prosecution by newly minted U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe. Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada, that’s been at it far longer than him.
As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love life, and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better.
Saum’s character Paula Matarazzo is the top investigator and right-hand of arrogant defense lawyer Davis MacLean (Cliff “Method Man” Smith). All of which means the hard-driven ex-law enforcement character could prove a major player in this expansion of Kemp’s franchise on Starz – especially as MacLean may be instrumental (or not) in getting Naughton’s Tasha St. Patrick out of jail for the supposed murder of her husband, one James St, Patrick/Ghost.
The biggest question, right off the bat? Is she there to help get Tasha out of jail, or does she have her deals in play?
Sherri Saum joins Power Book II: Ghost, which includes newcomers to the franchise such as Mary J. Blige, Gianni Paolo, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Melanie Liburd, Justin Marcel McManus, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray, and LaToya Tonodeo.
They join returning Power cast members Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Shane Johnson, and Quincy Tyler Bernstine.
Series creator, Courtney A. Kemp is executive producing and the showrunner for Power Book II: Ghost through her company End of Episode and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television.
Also serving as executive producers on the series are Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode’s Chris Selak and Danielle De Jesus, Shana Stein, and Bart Wenrich. Lionsgate TV produces the series for STARZ.
After Ghost, there are three other Power spin-offs in the works; Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Influence, and Power Book V: Force.
Saum got her start in the late 90s on the soap Sunset Beach and One Life to Live. She then starred on The Fosters which ran for five seasons. She also made appearances on The Fosters spinoff Good Trouble. Additionally, Saum has had recurring roles on Roswell, New Mexico, Limetown, and most recently on Locke & Key.