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'Queen Sugar' Renewed by OWN for Second Season

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has renewed its new original drama series "Queen Sugar" from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey ahead of its series premiere with a 16-episode second season order. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, the series will debut commercial-free on Tuesday, September 6. The series will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series, which chronicles the lives and loves of three estranged siblings, will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

"When we saw the first cut from Ava we knew right away that we wanted a second season," said Erik Logan, president, OWN. "We think viewers are going to connect with the deeply layered characters and powerful story and are excited to be able to share with them Ava's director's cut on premiere night without interruption. We are proud to be a network that supports a filmmaker's creative vision."

The contemporary drama "Queen Sugar" chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley, "True Blood"), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, "Unforgettable"), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel, (Kofi Siriboe, "Awkward"), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Led by acclaimed film director DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series' debut season are directed by women. "Queen Sugar" is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers for season one are Ava DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

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