OWN has officially set a two-night premiere date for its highly anticipated drama series Queen Sugar, from visionary filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. The series will debut Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 PM on OWN. It will then air regularly on Wednesday nights at 10 PM for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.
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, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, So Yong Kim, and Kat Candler 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 story of a mother and daughter who inherit a sugarcane farm in Louisiana as they navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives to run this ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. The cast includes, Rutina Wesley, Oprah Winfrey (Greenleaf), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Unforgettable, Heroes), Kofi Siriboe (Awkward, Whiplash), Omar J. Dorsey (Ray Donovan, Selma), and more.
Check out the trailer below!