Lena Waithe photo: AP

Showtime is doubling down on Lena Waithe, signing the Emmy-winning writer (and creator of The Chi) to a new first-look deal.

The arrangement comes on the heels of The Chi’s first season, one that drew positive critical attention and a quick sophomore renewal for the Chicago-set drama. The new deal is intended to have Waithe developing and creating new projects for the network in both the drama and comedy spaces.

“I have been a fan of Showtime for as long as I can remember,” said Waithe. “They make shows that most networks wouldn’t touch and they’ve never been afraid of taking risks. I look forward to introducing my Showtime family to fresh and exciting new voices. I want to make content that will challenge audiences and take them places they never thought TV could go. It’s going to be a fun ride.”

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