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OWN ANNOUNCES FOURTH SEASON RENEWAL OF AVA DUVERNAY’S ACCLAIMED DRAMA ‘QUEEN SUGAR’ FROM WARNER HORIZON SCRIPTED TELEVISION
Anthony Sparks Named Showrunner and Executive Producer of New Season
Season Three Finale on Wednesday, August 22 Expands to 90 Minutes
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today it has renewed for a fourth season Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed original drama series “Queen Sugar,” from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, ahead of the extended 90-minute season three finale airing Wednesday, August 22 (10-11:30 p.m. ET/PT).
In addition, “Queen Sugar” co-executive producer Anthony Sparks will take the reigns as showrunner/executive producer for season four, continuing DuVernay’s intention of providing showrunner opportunities to those who have never before held the position.
“Under Ava’s creative vision and leadership, ‘Queen Sugar’ continues to earn a well-deserved reputation for depicting nuanced characters, rich storylines and establishing an inclusive team that inspires and ignites much needed conversations about our society today,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “We are very proud of this show, the incredible cast, producers and crew, and can’t wait for more of the Bordelon family in season four.”
In the series’ expanded 90-minute season three finale on Wednesday, August 22 (10-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) receives some unexpected news, the fate of the correctional facility is revealed, and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) makes a proposal on behalf of the farmers. Plus, Violet (Tina Lifford) and Hollywood (Omar J. Dorsey) celebrate their love. The series also stars Nicholas Ashe, Dondré T. Whitfield, Bianca Lawson and Henry G. Sanders. Timon Kyle Durrett guest stars.
“Queen Sugar” was named Television Show of the Year from both American Black Film Festival (ABFF Honors) and African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for the second consecutive year and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series. Chronicling the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana, the series premiered its third season May 29 delivering over two million viewers and on average ranks #1 in its time period across all cable in the network’s key women 25-54 demo (L+3). It is also Wednesday night’s #1 original series across all of broadcast and cable for African-American women and total viewers and is consistently one of the most talked-about shows on social media.
Following a creative initiative established at the series’ outset, DuVernay assembled an all-female directing team that will continue in the new season.
“Queen Sugar” season three is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Kat Candler and Paul Garnes. Kat Candler is showrunner. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.
Queen Sugar Season 3 Premiere Date AnnouncedOnce again Queen Sugar will split its season premiere over two nights, Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th at 10 pm. The following episodes will air on Wednesdays. OWN's hit drama was created by Ava Duvernay with Oprah Winfrey serving alongside her as an executive producer. It is based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile. The upcoming season will be helmed by a group of all-female directors. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the Bordeleon family as they navigate their messy personal lives while trying to save the 800 acre surgarcane farm left to them by their deceased father. Queen Sugar stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe as the estranged Bordeleon siblings. More info below
Los Angeles – “Queen Sugar,” the critically acclaimed drama series from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time,” “13th,” “Selma”), executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, returns for its third season with a two-night premiere event on OWN Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30 (10 p.m. ET/PT each night). The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Continuing a creative initiative established in the show’s first season, series creator/executive producer DuVernay has once again assembled an all-female directing team for the third consecutive season. Season 3 directors include DeMane Davis, Patricia Cardoso, Shaz Bennett, Maria Govan and Lauren Wolkstein, several of whom will be making their television directorial debut, with additional names to be announced.
On March 30, the complete second season of "Queen Sugar" will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu, making it possible for viewers to catch up on all past episodes of the series ahead of the season three premiere.
“Queen Sugar” was named Television Show of the Year from both American Black Film Festival (ABFF Honors) and African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for the second consecutive year and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series. In 2017, Queen Sugar was Wednesday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American W25-54 and Wednesday night’s #2 original scripted cable series W25-54.
In the series’ third season, the contemporary drama returns as the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. They soon find that their fight extends beyond their close-knit family, but also to the community. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Micah’s safety and future. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) is still reeling from learning from Darla (Bianca Lawson) that he might not be the biological father of his son, Blue (Ethan Hutchison), and attempts to push forward as the new cane season begins. A new and unexpected love in the form of an old friend comes into Nova’s (Rutina Wesley) life and challenges her long-held notions of relationships while also offering her something she didn’t think she could ever have
The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet’s much younger fiancé Hollywood Desonier; Dondré T. Whitfield as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Additionally, recurring guest stars Timon Kyle Durrett portrays Charley’s estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West and Henry G. Sanders plays Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest.
Acclaimed filmmaker Kat Candler serves as season three showrunner. Candler’s award-winning film “Hellion” played in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and she was a participant at the Sundance Creative Producing Lab. She is also a grant recipient of the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
About “Queen Sugar” Season Three Directors:
- DeMane Davis: DeMane Davis returns to season three of “Queen Sugar” as a producing director having previously directed episodes of the series in season two. Davis has written and directed commercials and independent films. Her two feature films premiered in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, including “Lift,” starring Kerry Washington, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Davis currently directs commercials for Sweet Rickey, a female-helmed production company.
- Patricia Cardoso: Patricia Cardoso is an award-winning director. Her feature film, “Real Women Have Curves” starring America Ferrera in her first major role, was awarded a Sundance Audience Award and Humanitas Prize. Her credits also include feature film “Teresa’s Journey,” television movies “Meddling Mom” and “Lies in Plain Sight,” and the web-series “Ro.” Her short films include “The Water Carrier,” “The Air Globes,” and “La Clave.”
- Shaz Bennett: Shaz Bennett was one of eight women selected into the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women and winner of the New York Women in Film & Television’s Nancy Malone Award. Bennett’s debut feature “Alaska Is a Drag” is currently on the festival circuit. Bennett first television writing job was on “The Glades.” She later joined the writing team for “UnReal” and currently writes on the police procedural “Bosch.” “Queen Sugar” will mark Bennett’s television directional debut.
- Maria Govan: Maria Govan’s award-winning film “Rain” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008 and later licensed to Showtime Networks. Maria’s second feature “Play the Devil” premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016 and was selected for the Caribbean spotlight at Latin American film market Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires and also Panama Film Festival’s Primera Mirada. The feature is set to be released in May. Govan is currently in development on her next projects, “My Life in a Dojo” and “Epiphany.” “Queen Sugar” will mark Govan’s television directional debut
- Lauren Wolkstein: Lauren Wolkstein’s short film “Cigarette Candy” received the SXSW Grand Jury Prize in 2010 and her award-winning short film “Social Butterfly” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Wolkstein co-directed short film “The Strange Ones,” which debuted at Sundance and SXSW film festivals in 2011. The film was adapted into a feature film of the same name and premiered at SXSW in 2017. Wolkstein was previously named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s inaugural Emerging Visions program at the New York Film Festival. “Queen Sugar” will mark Wolkstein’s television directional debut
“Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey .and Kat Candler. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.
JORDAN PEELE, FRANCES McDORMAND, AVA DuVERNAY AND ROB REINER HONORED AT THE 9TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS AWARDS
GET OUT, GIRLS TRIP, QUEEN SUGAR, AND BLACK-ISH AMONG TOP HONORS
AWARDS GALA SPONSORED BY NISSAN AND HOME DEPOT TOOK PLACE IN LOS ANGELES WEDNESDAY NIGHT(more pics below)
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the nation’s premiere group of Black film critics, handed out trophies to winners in several categories at its 9th annual awards gala held in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Several industry notables also received honorary awards for their outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry, as well as their commitment to civil rights, telling stories with global perspectives, breaking barriers of inclusion and more. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay received the Innovation Award; Oscar® nominated director and screenwriter of GET OUT, Jordan Peele, received the Horizon Award; Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment received the Cinema Vanguard Award and Rob Reiner received the Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice. The evening’s festivities were presided over by AAFCA Co-Founders Gil Robertson and Shawn Edwards and were hosted by Nichelle Turner of EntertainmentTonight.
As previously announced, four honors were presented to industry luminaries at the 2018 AAFCA Special Achievement Luncheon on February 3rdat the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Edward James Olmos received the Legacy Award for his lifetime achievements as an award winning actor and activist; President of ABC Entertainment Group Channing Dungey who is the first African American female to run a broadcast television network received the Ashley Boone Award; leading journalist Claudia Puig received the Roger Ebert Award for excellence in journalism and Vice News received the inaugural Game Changer Award for their groundbreaking news coverage of world events with Vice Media’s Culture Correspondent Dexter Thomas accepting on behalf of Vice. The honorees were selected by AAFCA for their noteworthy accomplishments and were celebrated during the luncheon by their friends, family, colleagues and industry peers.
Both events are part of AAFCA’s celebration of awards season and recognizing the top entertainment of the year, along with recognizing the achievements of select individuals and organizations that are leading the way as inclusive storytellers, boundary breakers, civil rights leaders and trailblazers.
A full list of winners and honorees from both events includes:
9TH ANNUAL AAFCA AWARDS HONOREES
- Horizon Award: Jordan Peele
- Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice: Rob Reiner
- Cinema Vanguard Award: Broderick Johnson & Andrew Kosove (Co-Presidents, Alcon Entertainment)
- AAFCA Innovator Award: Ava DuVernay
2018 AAFCA SPECIAL ACHIEVMEENT LUNCHEON HONOREES
- Legacy Award: Edward James Olmos
- Ashley Boone Award: Channing Dungey
- Roger Ebert Award: Claudia Puig (President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association)
- Game Changer Award: Vice
9TH ANNUAL AAFCA AWARDS WINNERS
- BEST PICTURE: GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
- BEST DIRECTOR: JORDAN PEELE – GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
- BEST ACTOR: DANIEL KALUUYA – GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
- BEST ACTRESS: FRANCES McDORMAND – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: LAURENCE FISHBURNE – LAST FLAG FLYING (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate)
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: TIFFANY HADDISH – GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
- BEST COMEDY: GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
- BEST ENSEMBLE: DETROIT (Annapurna Pictures)
- BEST INDEPENDENT: CROWN HEIGHTS (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)
- BEST ANIMATED: COCO (Disney/Pixar)
- BEST DOCUMENTARY: STEP (Fox Searchlight)
- BEST FOREIGN: THE WOUND (Kino Lorber)
- BEST SCREENPLAY: GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
- BEST SONG: “IT AINT FAIR" – DETROIT – THE ROOTS featuring BILAL (Motown Records)
- BEST NEW MEDIA: MUDBOUND (Netflix)
- BEST TV SERIES (COMEDY): BLACKISH (ABC)
- BEST TV SERIES (DRAMA): QUEEN SUGAR (OWN)
- BREAKOUT: LAKEITH STANFIELD – CROWN HEIGHTS (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)
All photos credited to Sheri Determan.