Ava DuVernay's 'Cherish the Day' Scores Season 2 at OWN

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OWN has given a second season to Ava DuVernay anthology Cherish the Day. The series, which tells the story of one couple over several key dates during the span of their relationship, debuted its first season in February.

Keeping with the series' intended format, the sophomore run will focus on a completely different story and feature an entirely new cast. Another change will be the showrunners. Season one co-executive producers Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer will now serve as executive producers and co-showrunners when season two begins production in 2021.

“Our Cherish the Day audience embraced and applauded the evolution of a Black couple building a life together in our first season, and we can’t wait to bring another story of love and connection to the small screen,” said DuVernay. “Everyone here at ARRAY Filmworks is so pleased to continue our exploration of romance day by day alongside our partners at Warner Bros. and OWN.”

OWN is also the home to DuVernay's long-running drama Queen Sugar. The series recently began filming its fifth season with strict COVID-19 precautions in place after DuVernay and producers recast the original storylines for a season that deals with the pressing issues of 2020 — namely the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing pandemic.

“Ava and her immensely talented team of creators are telling dynamic and moving love stories depicting the many facets of marriage and relationships that resonate deeply with our audience,” said OWN president Tina Perry. “We are so excited for season two and a new beautiful Black love story.”

DuVernay has been something of a tear of late. Cherish the Day's renewal follow her boarding the Netflix adaptation of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (an Oprah Winfrey book club pic) and a development deal for a drama about an Indigenous family on NBC (where she recently expanded into unscripted). Earlier in the year, she shot the pilot DMZ for HBO Max.

The first season of Cherish the Day starred Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller and living legend Cicely Tyson. It performed especially well with OWN's core audience of African American women. The anthology achieved full gender parity with a production crew of more than 50 percent women, including 18 female department heads. DuVernay intends to continue that initiative during season two.

Cherish the Day is produced by ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television, where DuVernay currently has a TV deal. Swilling and Schaffer join DuVernay, Paul Garnes and OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers.