Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has renewed Ava Duvernay’s QUEEN SUGAR for a third season, the network announced Wednesday.
Additionally, Duvernay has signed a new first-look deal for television and digital media with Winfrey’s Harpo Films.
Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana and is currently airing its second season. Additional casting for Season 2 include Michael Michele and Roger Guenveur Smith, who will play Darla’s estranged parents and Beverly Todd will play Mother Olivia Brown, a much beloved and respected matriarchal activist residing in the 9thWard.
“I’m so proud of Ava and her ability as a filmmaker to challenge the status quo and push for inclusiveness on screen and behind the camera,” said Winfrey in a statement. “I love, love, love the work we have been able to create so far. I am looking forward to developing many more meaningful projects together.”
“There is fresh air and room to roam. There is an artist-driven atmosphere and an intention to share stories that nourish. There is a spirit of inclusivity and imagination moving at all times,” added DuVernay. “This is the new era of OWN. I’m thrilled to continue to collaborate with Ms. Winfrey as we expand the scope of our storytelling. And I feel fortunate to be a small part of this network at such a wonderful time in its evolution.”
Queen Sugar airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.