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‘Queen Sugar’ returns with two-night opener on OWN

June 16, 2017 GMT

Kimberly C. Roberts Entertainment Reporter

After last year’s highly successful debut, “Queen Sugar” returns to OWN with a two-night season premiere of the family drama on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 p.m. The hour-long series will airs regularly at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, the contemporary drama, based on the book by Natalie Baszile, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, La. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm.

The cast returns with Rutina Wesley as Nova, a journalist and activist; Dawn Lyen Gardner as Charley, the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Kofi Siriboe as Ralph Angel, a former felon in search of redemption.

Very early on, according to Hollywood Reporter, the network had high hopes for the series, renewing “Queen Sugar” for a second season even before its debut last September.

“When we saw the first cut from Ava, we knew right away that we wanted a second season,” said OWN President Erik Logan, who announced the news at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “We think viewers are going to connect with the deeply layered characters and powerful story...We are proud to be a network that supports a filmmaker’s creative vision.”

As with its first season, the second season of “Queen Sugar” will have an all-female directorial team.

“I always say if ‘Game of Thrones’ can have three seasons of all male directors, why can’t we have three seasons of all women directors?” Ava DuVernay told the Hollywood Reporter during the show’s recent press event at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.

“If they can do it, why can’t we do it? We’re going to center women, because we can and we want to and we’re at a network owned by a woman, so it makes it easier.”

This season has Katt Candler, DeMane Davis, Cheryl Dunye, Aurora Guerrero and Amanda Marsalis joining the list of female directors on “Queen Sugar.”