10:00am PT by Rick Porter
'Queen Sugar' Renewed for Season 6 at OWN
OWN is doubling up on Queen Sugar in 2021.
The Discovery-owned cable network has renewed Ava DuVernay's drama for a sixth season, which it plans to air later in the year. The pickup comes about a month before the series' fifth season premieres on Feb. 16.
The show will also take the mantle of OWN's longest-running current scripted series later in the year, after the conclusion of Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots.
"What a joy and an honor to continue the stories of Queen Sugar with our partners at OWN and Warner Bros.," said DuVernay. "On behalf of every producer, editor, costumer, grip, writer, cast member and all departments involved in making this series, we're delighted to delve into a sixth season and to bring our beautiful audience more of the Bordelon family."
During the production shutdown in the spring and summer, DuVernay, showrunner Anthony Sparks and supervising producer Norman Vance decided to reconceive the show's fifth season. The story will incorporate the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and corrupt politics, with the goal of spotlighting their effect on communities and people of color.
"When Ava came to us with the idea to revamp the storyline for the new season after production was halted due to the pandemic, we knew it was the right decision to give our viewers Ava's unique perspective on the very real issues impacting their daily lives and the effect the demand for racial equality has had on the Black community and our society as a whole," said OWN president Tina Perry. "We are proud to announce today the pickup of the show's sixth season, which will air later this year, enabling us to further explore the compelling story of the Bordelon family. We are grateful to Ava, her creative team, the incredible cast and tireless crew for all the hard work they have put into the show."
Added OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey, "The way Ava creates space to allow these characters to embody real-world experiences is television at its finest, and we are proud to continue this ground-breaking series. I hear from so many people that they see themselves in the Bordelon family, and my hope is that through this kind of storytelling the hearts and minds of people are opened for a deeper understanding and empathy of one another."
DuVernay's Array Filmworks and Winfrey's Harpo Films produce Queen Sugar in association with Warner Bros. TV. Executive producers are DuVernay, Winfrey, Paul Garnes and Sparks.