An extended trailer for OWN’s latest original drama, Queen Sugar, from filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been released. This series marks DuVernay’s television series directorial debut, and she worked alongside an all-female directorial team including many women of color who have made a great impact on the independent film community. Victoria Mahoney, Neema Barnette, Tina Mabry, Tanya Hamilton, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield are just a few of the brilliantly creative women who used their talents alongside DuVernay to bring this series to light.
Queen Sugar is an adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name and follows the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: NOVA (Rutina Wesley), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), 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.
The series will premier to a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, and will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.