‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season 5 at OWN

“Queen Sugar” is coming back for more drama in the Deep South.

OWN has renewed the series for a fifth season to air in 2020, Variety has confirmed. Series co-executive producer Anthony Sparks will continue as showrunner and executive producer on Season 5.

The show is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay created the series and executive produces along with Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes, and Kat Candler, who was previously the showrunner on season 3. “Queen Sugar” is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

“I’m thrilled to further explore the beauty, pain and triumph of this African-American family, with hopes that their story will continue to resonate with audiences who see themselves in the Bordelons,” said DuVernay in a statement. “It’s a real honor to create this work with Warner Horizon and OWN as their support is rock-solid and wonderful.”

The series stars Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Nicholas Ashe, Dondré T. Whitfield, Bianca Lawson, and Henry G. Sanders. Following a creative initiative established at the series’ outset, DuVernay assembled an all-female directing team that will continue in the new season. Throught its storylines, the show explores themes such as police brutality, addiction and recovery, and systemic racism.

“Every character feels like family. Our own. I am excited to see what Ava has unfolding next for the Bordelons,” said Oprah Winfrey.

OWN’s slate currently also includes the Tarell Alvin McCraney show “David Makes Man,” and DuVernay has another project in development at the network in the form of anthology series “Cherish the Day.”

“Ava’s vision for ‘Queen Sugar’ is one of inspired storytelling, and her execution of that vision has given us a remarkable series that makes us so proud,” added OWN president Tina Perry. “Her leadership and creative spirit – including the commitment to exclusively hire female directors and establish an inclusive crew – is unprecedented and evident throughout each episode of this beautiful series. We are grateful to Ava and her entire team of talented writers, producers, cast and crew and look forward to another season.” 

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