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Queen Sugar

Queen Sugar

Photo Credit:  Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc
  • Premiered: 
    September 6, 2016
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  • Network: OWN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the book (Queen Sugar) by Natalie Baszile 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

QUEEN SUGAR is a one-hour drama series that chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova, a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley, the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel, a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After her father suffers a stroke and she receives alarming news about her husband, Charley leaves her upscale Los Angeles lifestyle to return to her family home -- an 800-acre sugarcane farm in the heart of Louisiana -- where she and her siblings must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing farm in the New South. To start their journey together, the siblings must work together to plan their father's funeral. Tensions rise between Charley and Nova as they each seek to honor their father in different ways. Ralph Angel argues with Aunt Violet over whether or not it's appropriate to invite his young son Blue to the funeral service. Charley struggles with the fallout of the shocking news surrounding her husband and also learns there are many things they did not know about the state of their father's farm. In an unexpected encounter, she comes face-to-face with an individual who's interested in taking the farm off their hands. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network premiered QUEEN SUGAR as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10pm ET/PT, with a commercial-free Tuesday episode. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network premiered the Season 1 finale of QUEEN SUGAR. In the season ender, "Give Us This Day," Charley continues to make calculated choices regarding Davis' basketball career and her desire to secure an investor. Nova and lover Calvin finally reunite, but their union causes controversy in the community. Davis attempts to repair his relationship with son Micah, but he faces resistance. Aunt Violet learns of Hollywood's departure and tries to make amends, and Ralph Angel makes a shocking discovery that changes everything. Season 2 of QUEEN SUGAR premiered on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with a two-night event that finishes on Wednesday, June 21 at 10pm. In the second season, the Bordelon siblings struggle to move forward with their lives as they continually strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley, who becomes the first black woman to run own and run a mill in Louisiana, fights to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph Angel struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a land owner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son's mother. Nova finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family. In the season opener (Tue 10pm), "After the Winter," Charley and Davis remain entangled, Ralph Angel tries to find his footing on the family farm and Aunt Violet confronts her feelings for Hollywood. Plus, Micah has a dangerous encounter with a police officer and Nova deals with the loss of her relationship with Calvin and later holds a community fundraiser. Then, in the season's second episode (Wed 10pm), "To Usward," Ralph Angel has an idea for the farm, Charley is blindsided during her final divorce mediation with Davis and Nova holds a community fundraiser. Plus, Aunt Violet learns that Hollywood might have been involved in a life-threatening accident. QUEEN SUGAR returned for its Season 2 midseason premiere with a two-night event at 10pm ET/PT on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Season 2 regularly airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT. In the upcoming episodes of the series, Charley receives an unexpected visit from her mother Loma and the two finally have a revealing heart-to-heart about Charley's upbringing. Darla, takes a huge step in mending her family estrangement by reaching out to share the news of her engagement to Ralph Angel. Meanwhile, Aunt Violet's condition worsens, and Micah finally comes to terms with his emotions surrounding his traumatic encounter with a police officer. Plus, Nova's Zika story causes great concern in the community. Then, an unexpected encounter creates issues between Ralph Angel and Darla. Meanwhile, the presence of Charley's mother Lorna gives rise to old tensions in the family, and Violet finally sees a doctor about her recurring symptoms. Season 3 of QUEEN SUGAR premieres with a two-night event on Tuesday May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 at 10pm ET/PT each night. (The series regularly airs Wednesday nights at 10pm.) Continuing a creative initiative established in the show's first season, series creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay has once again assembled an all-female directing team for the third consecutive season. Season 3 directors include DeMane Davis, Patricia Cardoso, Shaz Bennett, Maria Govan and Lauren Wolkstein, several of whom will be making their television directorial debut, with additional names to be announced. In the series' third season, the contemporary drama returns as the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and father's legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. They soon find that their fight extends beyond their close-knit family, but also to the community. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure Micah's safety and future. Ralph Angel is still reeling from learning from Darla that he might not be the biological father of his son, Blue, and attempts to push forward as the new cane season begins. A new and unexpected love in the form of an old friend comes into Nova's life and challenges her long-held notions of relationships while also offering her something she didn't think she could ever have. The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings' free-spirited Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet's much younger fiance Hollywood Desonier; Dondre T. Whitfield as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Additionally, recurring guest stars Timon Kyle Durrett portrays Charley's estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West and Henry G. Sanders plays Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest. In the season opener, "A Rock, A River, A Tree," Ralph Angel finally learns the truth about his biological connection to Blue, Charley exposes her hidden plan for Landry Enterprises, and Nova is propositioned by book publishers.
On Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 10-11:30pm ET/PT, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network premiered the 90-minute Season 3 finale of QUEEN SUGAR. In the season ender, "From on the Pulse of Morning," Ralph Angel receives some unexpected news, the fate of the correctional facility is revealed, and Charley makes a proposal on behalf of the farmers. Plus, Violet and Hollywood celebrate their love.

Two weeks earlier -- on Wednesday, August 8 -- OWN announced it renewed Ana DuVernay's QUEEN SUGAR for a fourth season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Warner Horizon Television


  • - Saint Josephine, Louisiana USA