The number five has long been considered by the spiritually enlightened to be the symbol of balance, individualism and courage. Without being too glib about it, the number five for the creators and other talented people behind the hit FX drama Snowfall now has a new and even more personal meaning: Renewal.
Per those number-reading rascals over at The Hollywood Reporter comes word today that the John Singleton (miss you, John), Eric Amadio and Dave Andron created series Snowfall has received the greenlight for a fifth season after an unprecedented 41 percent growth in audience numbers during its fourth season. Hollywood is a business all about numbers, and those are the stats that no self-respecting network exec can reasonably ignore, giving the 1980s-set Snowfall a mandate to continue telling its intricate and harrowing story.
For those not in the know, Snowfall chronicles the lives of a group of characters who, in best Lost-style, are fated to intertwine. Their everyday existence and survival is set against the backdrop of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 80s; Tough stuff, but always rich and rewarding with deeply nuanced characters. Credit should be given to a top-notch ensemble of actors led by the amazing Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Isaiah John, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Amin Joseph, among many other talented thespians.
In a press release announcing the season five renewal of Snowfall, FX Entertainment president and resident Big Wheel said that the show “has come into its own as one of the best dramas on TV, its quality and audience growth is a remarkable achievement for a show in its fourth season. Damson Idris and our entire cast continue to deliver outstanding performances every episode.”
Snowfall also stands as a tribute to one of its creators, the late and much lamented writer-director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Baby Boy) who passed away suddenly in April of 2019. Although Mr. Singleton is no longer with us, one of his last pieces of work still stands as an ongoing and riveting piece of drama for all of us who appreciate intelligent and emotional television. Five is a special number indeed.