Queen Sugar, the new original one-hour weekly drama series from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay who created the series especially for television and directed the first two episodes, handpicked an all-female roster of directors to helm the subsequent episodes of the series’ first season.
The contemporary drama begins as Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner “Unforgettable”), a savvy and spirited woman living an upscale Los Angeles lifestyle, returns to her family home, an 800-acre sugarcane farm in the heart of Louisiana, when her father has a stroke. There, she reunites with her estranged siblings Nova and Ralph Angel, who are each navigating their lives and love relationships. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they inherit the family farm and attempt to rebuild both the land and their relationships.
If you enjoy Greenleaf, I have a feeling you will love Queen Sugar! The expansive cast includes Tina Lifford (“Parenthood”) as Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey (“Ray Donovan,” “Selma”) as Violet’s much younger boyfriend Hollywood Desonier; Dondré Whitfield (“Mistresses”) as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Timon Kyle Durrett (“Single Ladies”) as Charley’s husband, pro basketball player Davis West, Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King – National Tour) as Charley and Davis’ teenage son, Micah; Greg Vaughan (“Days of Our Lives”) a local cop and Nova’s lover, Calvin; and Ethan Hutchison (“The Path”) as Ralph-Angel’s son, Blue.
Queen Sugar debuts as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).