Queen Sugar doesn’t premiere until September 6, but today OWN gave the Ava DuVernay-directed drama a second-season renewal. The 13-episode first season from the Selma helmer and fellow EPs Oprah Winfrey and Melissa Carter will be followed by a 16-episode Season 2 that will launch in 2017.
“When we saw the first cut from Ava, we knew right away that we wanted a second season,” OWN president Erik Logan said in a statement. “We think viewers are going to connect with the deeply layered characters and powerful story, and we 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.”
The latest original drama from OWN following the June 21 premiere of megachurch series Greenleaf, Queen Sugar is based on Natalie Baszile’s 2014 novel. With Duvernay directing the first two episodes of the all-female-helmed first season, the series follows Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) as they unexpectedly take over the running of a seen-better-days Louisiana sugarcane farm.
Queen Sugar is set to open the first of its ad-free two-night debut on September 6 then settle in to its regular Wednesday 10 PM time slot on September 7.