11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Queen of the South' to End With Season 5 on USA Network
Queen of the South is coming to an end.
The previously announced fifth season will officially be its last, USA Network revealed Monday. The final season will return April 7 with 10 episodes, down three from its previous four seasons.
The news arrives as USA Network, now without a network executive of its own and part of the content group overseen by Frances Berwick and Susan Rovner, continues its retreat from scripted originals. The NBCUniversal-backed basic cable network's roster of scripted originals includes the delayed fourth season of The Sinner, the upcoming Chucky (which will be shared with Syfy) and Dirty John. The latter anthology is awaiting word on a potential third season.
"For five incredible seasons, Queen of the South has captivated us with brilliant storytelling and bold, powerful characters," said Berwick, who serves as chairman of entertainment networks at NBCU. "This series broke boundaries for the genre, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this incredible team of creators, cast and crew along with our studio partners at 20th Television and UCP. As we close this final chapter, we look forward to a great season culminating in a finale that will give our fans the ending they deserve."
Starring and exec produced by Alice Braga, the cartel drama is a co-production between NBCU-backed Universal Content Productions and Disney-owned 20th Television. Queen of the South is based on the best-seller La Reina del Sur. During its fourth season, the drama ranked as Thursday's No. 1 scripted series on ad-supported cable in the 9 p.m. slot among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo as well as total viewers. Showrunners Dailyn Rodriguez and Ben Lobato will return for their second season atop the series. They replaced Natalie Chaidez, who stepped in for original showrunner Scott Rosenbaum.
"We could not be prouder of our entire cast and crew that joined us on this magnificent journey," exec producers Rodriguez, Lobato and David Friendly said in a joint statement. "Queen of the South began shooting in Mexico City, brought us to faraway places like Malta and Colombia and finally landed in New Orleans. We cannot wait to share the explosive final season with our devoted fans. And, of course, we could not have made this show without the talented and tireless Alice Braga, who brought our queen to life."
The series last aired in August 2019, with production on season five delayed amid the pandemic. The drama ranked as USA Network's No. 1 series among adults 18-49 and 25-54 in 2019.
The decision to wrap Queen of the South arrives as USA Network, under Rovner and Berwick, is expected to share original series with NBCUniversal's streamer, Peacock, and various linear networks. The first scripted original earmarked to air across linear and streaming is the Kate McKinnon-led Joe Exotic drama, which will rollout on Peacock, NBC and USA.
Here's a trailer for the final season: