We officially know when we’ll be getting more Nova and New Orleans this year! Queen Sugar is set to debut its second season on June 20 and June 21 in a two-night premiere on OWN. The double-feature is similar to its freshman debut. Also like Season 1, the Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay executive produced sibling drama will also continue its streak with an all-female directing team behind the camera – likely, including DuVernay sometime in the season (per Deadline, it looks like the finale will be helmed by the Oscar-nominated director).
Based on Natalie Baszile’s 2014 novel of the same name, Queen Sugar stars Rutina Wesley Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe and follows three very different siblings trying to honor their father’s legacy and resurrect his rural Louisiana farm. The drama had the second best premiere ever for the network. Night 2 of Queen Sugar‘s first season was the best second night debut OWN has ever had with 2.14 million viewers on September 7, 2016.
OWN also officially confirmed that Hellion helmer and Season 1 alum Kat Candler, DeMane Davis, Stranger Inside helmer Cheryl Dunye, Aurora Guerrero and Echo Park helmer Amanda Marsalis will be among those directing the second season. The first 8-episodes of the NAACP Image Award winning show’s second season will air this summer with the second half of the cycle to be broadcast in the fall.
Queen Sugar also scored a new deal with Hulu for the upcoming season as well as the first one. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Hulu have inked a deal that confirms Hulu’s exclusive online rights to all of Season 1 starting on April 21 and will also play all future seasons once they air on OWN.
In addition to Siriboe, Wesley and Gardner as the Bordelon siblings, the cast includes Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré T. Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Nicholas L. Ashe and Ethan Hutchison. Along with Winfrey and DuVernay, Monica Macer is also an EP on the Warner Horizon Scripted Television produced series.
All great news for the much-anticipated drama and we look forward to more!