OWN has officially picked up Queen Sugar for a second season.  The 16-episode second season will launch in 2017.  The highly anticipated drama series hails from visionary filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey.  Season one 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.

“When we saw the first cut from Ava we knew right away that we wanted a second season.  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.” – Erik Logan, President, OWN

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 brilliant and 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.

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