Congratulations to Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Joseph Sikora ’98, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. His new Starz TV series Power Book IV: Force, a spinoff of his previous hit Starz series Power, debuted February 6 — and, the Hollywood Reporter reported on February 10, the show “deliver[ed] the biggest series premiere audience for any show in the premium cable outlet’s history. Sunday’s debut — which followed the second season finale of Power Book II: Ghost — gathered 3.3 million cross-platform viewers, the biggest tally for any Starz premiere to date. The great majority of those watching did so via digital platforms including the Starz app: The show’s on-air premiere drew 648,000 viewers, according to Nielsen — also a record for a Starz series premiere — and replays pushed the tally to 735,000. The cross-platform audience for Force outdrew that of recent buzzworthy shows including the finales of Dexter: New Blood (3 million) and Yellowjackets (1.3 million) on Showtime and the season finale of The White Lotus (1.9 million) on HBO.” To read the Hollywood Reporter article, click here.
Power Book IV: Force stars Sikora as drug dealer Tommy Egan, a role he introduced in the franchise’s first series, Power. As previously reported in this blog, the new series was filmed partly in Sikora’s home town of Chicago.
As previously reported in this blog, Sikora’s acting career began when he was a child in Chicago and played the title role in Touchstone Theatre’s production of The Little Prince. As an adult, he has appeared on Chicago stages in productions at Goodman, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, and Shattered Globe theatres. He was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago’s top theatre award) for Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in Shattered Globe’s 1999 production Frozen Assets. He also costarred with fellow Chicago actor David Schwimmer in a 2006 Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Besides the Power franchise, his TV credits include Ozark, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D., The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy, and Monk. His big-screen credits include roles in Rudy, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Charlie Wilson’s War, Shutter Island, Jack Reacher, and Jacob’s Ladder.