“Queen Sugar,” Ava DuVernay’s highly-anticipated one-hour drama finally has a premiere date. Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, the series will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM on the Oprah Winfrey Network. From there, the series will regularly air Wednesday nights.
The show will consist of a total of 13 episodes, with the “Selma” director helming the first two. The subsequent episodes are all directed by seasoned and emerging women which include Tina Mabry, Victoria Mahoney, Tanya Hamilton, So Yong Kim, Kat Candler, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Neema Barnette.
“Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two estranged sisters in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. Nova (Wesley) is a world-wise journalist and activist and Charley (Gardner) is the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star. Kofi Siriboe also co-stars as Ralph Angel, a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.
The series is inspired by Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name and follows the siblings as they navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.
The first teaser of “Queen Sugar” was released last week. Check it out below: